Tobi Jacobi is Professor of English at Colorado State University. She holds a BA in English Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, an MA in Poetry from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University. Her teaching and research are driven by a commitment to understand and advance the role of writing and literacy in the world. Her research explores the relationship between literacy, representation, and social change and has included projects ranging from interviews with incarcerated women writers to pop-up museums featuring archival materials from an early twentieth century training school for girls. Since 2005, she has directed the CSU Center for Community Literacy, sponsoring internships and volunteer experiences for students interested in teaching creative writing in alternative educational settings like jails and rehabilitation centers. In her courses, Professor Jacobi invites students to engage with both well-recognized and lesser known texts and images to inspire conversation on what constitutes valued literacy and writing practices. She looks forward to the many experiential opportunities that our shared travel will enable.
Travel has been a formative and ongoing part of Professor Jacobi’s identity as a teacher and citizen committed to inclusive education. She spent a semester in London, England as an undergraduate, an experience that brought to life many of her textbook introductions to literature and its role in shaping and reflecting human interactions. It also sparked a lifelong will to travel and experience cultural and geographic diversity. She has traveled internationally in South America and Europe throughout her life and embraces the joys and challenges of life abroad. She has been part of research exchanges and conversations in Scotland, England, and the Czech Republic and will be part of the new College of Liberal Arts Todos Santos, Mexico semester abroad program in Fall 2021. Travel motivates, informs, and challenges her relationship to the world, and she is excited to share classes and field experiences with students during our global learning adventure together.
Professor Jacobi lives in northern Colorado with her partner, Ed and their four children, JJ, Maya, Gabby, and Sam, and two dogs, Elsa and Freya. She enjoys writing, gardening, art, cooking, good conversation, and exploring the world.