Matthew         J. Darling

Matthew J. Darling

Assistant Professor, English Department
Head Coach, Women's Volleyball
Phone: 814-871-5807
Office: PC 3233

  • Awards/Grants
  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Publications


  • 2009 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
  • 2016 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and East Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2017 East Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year


Matt Darling has been teaching (and coaching) at Gannon University since 2007.  As a faculty member in the English Department, he has taught a variety of classes, including first-year writing courses, introductory literature courses, undergraduate courses in American literature, and graduate courses in American Literature, European Literature, and Criticism and Theory.

As the head volleyball coach at Gannon, Darling has led the team to eight consecutive NCAA tournaments (a record for all sports in the history of Gannon athletics) and to the championship of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in both 2012 and 2016.   He was named PSAC coach of the year in 2009, 2012, and 2016.

Darling enjoys running and has completed several marathons (including Chicago, Detroit, and Boston).  He and his wife Elizabeth have two young children.

Courses Taught

  • LENG 111 and LENG 112:  College Composition and Critical Analysis and Composition
  • LENG 245 and LENG 241:  Poetry and Prose Literature
  • LENG 247: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 332:  American Literature 1865-1914
  • ENGL 334:  American Literature after 1945
  • ENGL 381:  Literary Criticism
  • GENGL 675:  The American Novel Post-WWII
  • GENGL 681:  Contemporary Critical Problems
  • GENGL 685:  Major Continental Writers

Educational History

  • Ph.D. in American Literature, Marquette Universty (2006)
  • M.A.  in Literature in English, Michigan State University (1997)
  • B.A. in English, University of Kentucky (1994)


  • Darling, Matthew J.  “‘What Follows Is Substantially True and Accurate’:  Autobiographical Subjectivity in David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King.”  Auto/Fiction, vol. 2, no. 1, 2017; pp. 36-53.
  • Darling, Matthew.  "Review of The End of the Tour."  Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, vol. 5, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-6. DOI:
  • Darling, Matthew J.  “David Foster Wallace and the Athlete’s War Against the Self.”  American Sports Fiction.  Edited by Michael Cocchiarale and Scott D. Emmert.  Ipswich, MA:  Salem Press, 2013, pp. 209-30.
  • Darling, Matthew J. and Sherry Ziesenhiem.  “Writing, Mothering, and Traumatic Subjectivity in Sapphire’s Push.”  Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood.  Edited by Catalina Florina Florescu.  New York: Lexington Books, 2013, pp. 171-83.