Kerri J. Tobin 

Assistant Professor

PhD, Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2011

MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2007

MS, Elementary Education, Mercy College, 2004

BA, Growth and Structure of Cities, Haverford College, 1997

Email: ktobin@lsu.edu

Phone: (225) 578-4717

Office Address: 205 Peabody Hall

Biography

Dr. Tobin is a researcher who focuses the effects of poverty on all facets of a child’s education, with particular interest in the intersections of race and class as they play out in classrooms and schools.  Knowing that research shows poverty impacts which school a child attends, what his teachers expect of him, and what he will ultimately go on to achieve, she helps new and pre-service teachers recognize and understand their tremendous responsibilities in the classroom. 

Dr. Tobin started her teaching career in the poorest Congressional district in the United States, and the grace of the children and teachers she encountered in classrooms there prompted her to spend a decade mentoring new teachers in high-needs schools across New York City, Philadelphia, and Nashville.  She uses the foundational social work values and ideals she learned in her MSW program to guide students in developing empowering, student-centered classroom practices.

While studying with Dr. Joseph Murphy at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Tobin developed her specific focus on children experiencing homelessness; they co-authored the book Homelessness Comes to School (Corwin Press) in 2012.  Dr. Tobin has since written, published, taught, and delivered professional development for teachers on the needs and experiences of this vulnerable population.  Her dissertation, Identifying Best Practices for Homeless Students, received the Dissertation of the Year award from the American Educational Research Association’s Leadership for School Improvement SIG in 2012.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Books

Murphy, J.F. and Tobin, K. (2011) Homelessness Comes to School.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Book chapters

Tobin, K. and Murphy, J. Understanding homelessness. (2016) in Burnes, D. (Ed.) Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


Manuscripts

 Tobin, K. (2016). Homelessness and academic achievement: Evidence from a large urban area.  Urban Education, 51(2), 197-220.

 Murphy, J. and Tobin, K. (2014). Homelessness in the United States: An historical analysis.  American Educational History Journal, 41(2), 281-298.

 Tobin, K. and Murphy, J. (2013). Addressing the problems of homeless children. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 4(1), np.

 Tobin, K. and Murphy, J. (2011) A policy agenda for addressing homelessness. School Leadership Review 7(1), 71-97.

 Murphy, J. and Tobin, K. (2011). Homelessness comes to school: How homeless children and youths can succeed.  Phi Delta Kappan. 93(3), 32-37.

Selected Presentations

Peer-Reviewed

Tobin, K. (2015) Homelessness and education.  Session presented at the Teacher Education Assembly of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, October 2015, Harrisburg, PA.

Bower, C. and Tobin, K. (2014). Social spending and educational inequality in OECD nations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 2014.

Tobin, K. and Murphy, J. (2013). Policies and practices to reduce poverty: Educator advocacy and homeless students. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Indianapolis, IN, November 2013.

Tobin, K. (2013) Responding to the global financial crisis: Supporting students experiencing homelessness. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New DEEL, Philadelphia, PA, May 2013.

Tobin, K. (2012). Homelessness and academic achievement: Evidence from a large urban district.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada, April 2012.

Murphy, J. and Tobin, K. (2011). Homelessness comes to school: An analysis of homelessness and of homeless children and unaccompanied youth.  Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2011.

Tobin, K. and Murphy, J. (2011). The role of education in solving the problems of homeless children and unaccompanied youth. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2011.

Invited

Tobin, K. (September 2015). Homelessness and teachers: What can we do?  Presentation given to the Student New Jersey Education Association at The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ.

Tobin, K. (August 2015). Homelessness in the Classroom.  Presentation to be given to the Luzerne County Reading Council, Pittston, PA.

Tobin, K. (March 2015). Homelessness comes to school.  Honors program lecture.  Misericordia University, Dallas, PA.

Tobin, K. (October 2013). Specific strategies to support academic achievement for students experiencing homelessness: Evidence from a large urban area. Annual meeting of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, Harrisburg, PA.

Tobin, K. (October 2013). Homelessness and educator advocacy. Annual meeting of Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, Harrisburg, PA.

Tobin, K. (October 2013). Keynote presentation: Homelessness comes to school. Southeast Area Liaisons’ Annual Meeting, Rochester, NH.

 

Awards & Honors

Dissertation of the Year (2012), American Educational Research Association Leadership and School Improvement SIG

Best Paper (2014), American Educational Research Association International Studies SIG 

Professional/Community Service 

Professional Service

Chair, School Effectiveness and School Improvement SIG, AERA

Reviewer, International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

Reviewer, American Educational Research Journal                           

Reviewer, Urban Education                                                                           

Reviewer, Educational Studies                      

Reviewer, Housing Policy Debate                                                                                                                      

Community Service

Vice President, Al Beech West Side Food Pantry                

Trustee, Wyoming Valley Montessori School            

Member, Board of Directors, Fell Charter School