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Dr. Cortney Robbins

Cortney Robbins
Professor of English and Humanities

College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2241


Office: Snyder Academic Center, Room 265

My Office Hours

  • M: 9-10, 11-12
  • T: 12:30-2
  • W: 9-10, 11-12
  • R: 12:30-2
  • F: 9-10, 11-12

Classes I Teach

  • COMM 1400 Public Communication
  • ENG 1252 Argumentative Writing
  • HUM 2990 Crime and Literature
  • HUM 2990 Hidden American History and Literature
  • HUM 2990 Social Class in Literature
  • HUM 3310 Exploring Fiction
  • HUM 3330 American Writers
  • HUM 3390 Women’s Stories
  • HUM 3420 Popular Culture and Literature
  • HUM 4960 Literature, History, and Theory of Education

My Academic Advising Roles

General Studies

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Adult, Higher, and Community Education, Ball State University (2019)
  • M.A., History, Indiana State University (2023)
  • M.A., English, Ball State University (2007)
  • B.A., English Literature, Ball State University (2004)

Professional Experience

Indiana Institute of Technology                                                             August 2021—present

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Professor of English and Humanities


Indiana Institute of Technology                                                      August 2011—August 2021

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Associate Professor of English


Indiana Institute of Technology                                                               August 2007—2011

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Assistant Professor of English



Robbins, C.R., & Latz, A.O. (2015). Humanities’ place in the community college (Editor’s Choice). Academic Exchange Quarterly, 19(3), 160-165. Retrieved from


  • “The Tech LEADS Initiative:  Learning Communities for Students at Risk”, Fort Wayne Area Dean’s Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, Feb. 2010
  • “Following the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ of Learning with Fantasy Literature”, Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL, Apr. 2010
  • “The Tech LEADS Initiative: Learning Communities for Students at Risk”, Indiana TRiO Spring Conference, Fort Wayne, IN May 2010-Invited Presentation
  • “Digital Storytelling in Developmental English”, Fort Wayne Area Dean’s Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, Feb. 2011
  • “Digital Storytelling, “This I Believe,” and Developmental English”, Hawaii Int’l. Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 2012
  • “‘The [Resistance] is Female’: Empathy, Gender, Education, and the Age of Trump”,  Int’l. Society for Educational Biography Conf., Toronto, ON, Apr. 2017
  • “Teaching Pop Culture Is Just like Riding a Broomstick: Balancing Critical and Appreciative Modes of Literary Study through the Harry Potter Series”, Popular Culture Association Conf., Indianapolis, IN, Mar. 2018

Why I Teach

I teach because I love learning, and I want to help students become passionate about it. Based upon my interdisciplinary studies, I aim to help students become better readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers, because those skills are not only essential for career success but for life fulfillment.

Additional Information

My awards include

  • Indiana Tech Diversity Vanguard Award, 2023
  • Gertrude and Theodore Debs Memorial Fellowship, Indiana State University, 2022
  • Gertrude and Theodore Debs Memorial Fellowship, Indiana State University, 2021
  • Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s Teacher of the Year, 2016
  • Outstanding General Studies Faculty Award, 2009
  • Leepoxy Faculty Award for Innovative Practices, 2009