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Visiting Assistant Professor, Education

Pictured is Tara Abbott, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of education.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Science, Management, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership, concentration in Higher Education, Rider University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Education Research, Assessment and Program Evaluation, Seton Hall University

Courses Taught

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation Writing I, II and III
  • Introduction to Research Writing
  • Statistics and Quantitative Research Methods


Tara Abbott, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Education at Point Park University. Prior to joining Point Park full time, Abbott was a part-time instructor in the School of Education at Point Park and the psychology departments at Point Park and Chatham University. Abbott also served as a director of fundraising and public relations and assistant director of development for The Arc of Somerset County in Manville, N.J. 

Abbott resides in the South Hills with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys all things outdoors, Penn State Football, cooking, reading, supporting local craft breweries, running and spending time with family and friends.

Research Interests

  • Higher education funding and finance

  • Measuring impact of student debt

  • Equity in education

  • Disparity in student discipline

Community Service/Memberships

  • Whitehall Public Library Board of Directors, board member, vice president for FY 2019
  • Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in the field of education, member
  • Seton Hall University Higher Education Graduate Student Association, served as steward
  • New Jersey United Way Young Professionals, served on steering committee to launch the group
  • Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, lifetime member

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