Get to Know Dr. Tobin
September 24, 2018
In March of this year, Dr. Kathleen Tobin was announced as the new chair of the Department of History and Philosophy. Dr. Tobin brings a great amount of experience to her new leadership role. She earned her undergraduate degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Communication and Radio & Television Production and started her career as a local reporter for WJOB and Cable 3 News.
Having always wanted to be a writer, Dr. Tobin found that working in local news allowed her to write and tell stories. Looking to grow as a writer and storyteller, she decided to take a few graduate classes in history, saying “I thought that getting a graduate degree in History would make me a better writer, and also a more informed writer.” She soon found a passion in history and achieved a Master’s Degree from Purdue Northwest (then known as Purdue University Calumet).
Following her graduate studies, Dr. Tobin decided that she wanted to teach History at a collegiate level on a full-time basis. She then applied for the PhD Program at the University of Chicago and was accepted.
While completing her PhD, Dr. Tobin began teaching US History, Latin American History, and the American Revolution. She taught at various schools including Calumet College of St. Joseph, Valparaiso University, and Indiana University Northwest before finding a home at Purdue Northwest.
I want them to learn how to think, and think critically. I think one of the best things that we can do in history is to reevaluate evidence all of the time and consider sources of information.