Mary Ann Murdoch is a professor of humanities, film, and yoga philosophy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies (Humanities) from Rollins College.
She worked as a journalist — writer, editor, and photographer —for 25-plus years. Her career also has included work as a rock music critic, film critic, and radio disc jockey. She is a published and award-winning fiction author and poet. She has traveled extensively to five continents — North America (all 50 states, Canada and Mexico), Europe, including Sweden and Estonia, Australia, South America, and Africa in 2011 to teach in Uganda, and visit Kenya and Rwanda.
Murdoch is a longtime yoga practitioner and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). She currently teaches yoga at a Lakeland studio, and does presentations and workshops on yoga and yogic philosophy.
Murdoch embraces Eastern wisdom, including Buddhism and Taoism, and proudly proclaims herself a freethinker.
Her award-winning photos have been displayed at several Polk State gallery exhibits, and in January 2016 she published a book of short fiction and poetry. Additionally, Polk State awarded her the Thelma Raley Endowed Teaching Chair in August 2016.
Murdoch taught Composition I and II at the University of Central Florida in Orlando for two years, and has been teaching humanities and film at Polk State since 2009. She enjoys sharing and connecting with students and the College community; making classes relevant and engaging; and being a guide on the path of knowledge, discovery, and creativity.