Assistant Professor, English Department
Head Coach, Women's Volleyball
Phone: 814-871-5807
Office: PC 3226

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Publications


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 both first-year writing courses, introductory literature courses, 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 six consecutive NCAA tournaments and the 2012 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship.   He was named PSAC coach of the year in both 2009 and 2012.

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
  • 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.  “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.
  • 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.