The French Pastry School
Marie Ann Donovan, Ed.D.
Adjunct Academic Advisor
"What I've learned over these years in studying The French Pastry School is that excellence is something all of us who educate professionals must both understand and be eager to pursue. Excellence isn't something you permanently achieve; rather, it's a disposition with which you greet your work day. It's your value that drives everything you do and why you do it."

Dr. Marie Ann Donovan is Associate Professor of Education in the School of Education at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Donovan has been researching and cataloging the myriad ways in which the curriculum, chef instructor expertise, and the student-chef instructor interactions of L’Art de la Pâtisserie, The Professional Pastry and Baking Program at The French Pastry School, influence program graduates’ development as pastry professionals.  Her research helps determine which characteristics mark the hallmarks of high quality and efficacy in postsecondary education, especially in a hands-on learning environment. She also serves as a adjunct academic advisor to the School’s co-founders, Academic Dean for Faculty & Programs, Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., and Academic Dean for Student Affairs, Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer. 

Dr. Donovan’s extensive contribution to the field of education over the last thirty years includes having served as the Dean of Education, ad interim, at DePaul University from 2008 to 2009 and the Associate Dean for Curriculum, Programs and Accreditation the previous year. She also has acted in the capacity of Department Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Department Chair, and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education while continuing to teach as an Associate Professor at DePaul University. She has held positions at the Erikson Institute and Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Donovan graduated cum laude from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York; completed her Master of Science in Education, summa cum laude in Reading Education, at Queens College of the City University of New York; and earned her Doctorate of Education from Harvard University.

Having taught at all university levels, Dr. Donovan’s courses include, at the undergraduate level, Primary Curriculum & Instruction; Early Childhood Assessment; Capstone in Early Childhood Education; Reading/Language Arts in the Early Years; Children’s Literature; and Teaching Young Adult Literature.  At the graduate level she teaches Emerging Reading & Language Arts; Young Children’s Literature & Family Literacy; and Teaching Young Adult Literature. Dr. Donovan has published numerous professional and creative works on improving curriculum, developing literacy, teacher education and professional development, trends in children’s literature, and many others.

Dr. Donovan is an active consultant in children’s education and publishing, working with preschool, elementary, and secondary schools and publishers in and around the Chicago area. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Illinois Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (President-elect, 2000-2002; President, 2002-2006), the Illinois Reading Council, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Reading Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and the National Council of Teachers of English.