Marion Schwartz

Marion Schwartz headshot

I grew up in Canada and attended the University of Toronto, where I completed an honors program in history and English literature. At times I thought seriously about doing a doctorate in history, becoming a counselor, or heading to law school. However, the historians I met seemed all tangled up in teeny, weenie details, and the counseling programs I looked at required volunteer work or an internship, which I had not done. In the end, I completed a doctorate program in English at Princeton. I taught on the English faculty full time before getting into academic advising and helping with the scholars program. DUS students are a great joy to me, because they are playing with so many different interests. Besides advising, I share information from the College of Education and work on a national advising committee. Other life: husband who studies modern literature, film, philosophy; two grown-up children—one doing software testing in Seattle, one doing health care in State College; mentoring with the FastStart Program; writing; church music; social justice; cycling.


  • B.A. in History and English, The University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. in English, Princeton University

Current Position

Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser; Undergraduate Studies Programs Coordinator, College of Education

Research & Teaching Interests

Affiliate assistant professor of English, chair of the Advising High Achieving Students interest group in the National Academic Advising Association. Articles about undergraduate research, advising honors students, advising for general education, decision making.

Contact Information

Office: 108 Grange Building
Phone: 814-865-7576
Fax: 814-863-8913