Scholar-Practitioner-in-Residence to visit St. Thomas

Scholar-Practitioner-in-Residence to visit St. Thomas

Editor's note: The March 13 workshops below, which were postponed as a result of a classes-canceling snowstorm, have been rescheduled to April 5. See the March 30 Bulletin Today for details.

I am pleased to announce the two-day visit of Dr. Orlando Taylor to St. Thomas on March 13 and 14. Dr. Taylor will be the first Scholar-Practitioner-in-Residence to kick off a new series program sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Dr. Orlando Taylor

Taylor is vice provost for research, dean of the graduate school, and professor of communications at Howard University. Prior to joining the Howard faculty in 1973, he was a faculty member at Indiana University.

He also has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Taylor received his bachelor's degree from Hampton University, master's degree from Indiana University and Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

During his residency, Taylor will lead four outcomes-based workshops. Participants will be actively involved in developing recommendations for strategies and goals that lead to increasing diversity and inclusion in several areas: admissions and recruitment, retention and mentoring, undergraduate and graduate education, and research and development, etc. Limited space still is available. Interested persons are encouraged to sign up by contacting Helen Hunter.

Sessions include:

Monday, March 13, in Room 160, Murray-Herrick Campus Center:

  • 9:45-11:45 a.m.: "Access and Equity Issues in Higher Education"
  • 2-4:00 p.m.: "Keeping our Faculty and Students: Supporting Diversity in the Curriculum, Research and Development, and Support Programs"

Tuesday, March 14, in Room 313, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center:

  • 9:45-11:45 a.m.: "Hit or Miss – Targeted Populations and Opportunities: Searching, Admitting and Hiring from Diverse Pools"
  • 2-4 p.m.: "Pipelines are the Pathways: Building and Sustaining Diversity Pipelines from Undergraduate to Graduate/Professional Programs and Beyond"

Taylor is a national leader in graduate education and within his discipline. He is currently or has served previously as a member of numerous national boards, including the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), for which he served as board chair in 2001. He is also a past president of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and the National Communication Association. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the National Science Foundation and of the advisory council at the National Institutes of Health. He is the outgoing president of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and a member of the board of trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. He chairs the national advisory board for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, a major NSF-funded center at the University of Wisconsin .

As graduate dean at Howard University since 1993, Taylor has played a significant role in assuring Howard's continued national leadership in graduate education. Among other things, Howard produces more African American Ph.D. recipients than any research university in the United States. He is a leader in several national initiatives involving graduate education, including Preparing Future Faculty, Responsive Ph.D. and Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate. Taylor also has been a vigorous advocate and spokesperson on topics and issues relating to access and equity in higher education.

Taylor has raised several million dollars in research, training and program development grants from federal and private sources during his career at Howard University. Currently, he serves as PI on major grants from the National Science Foundation to increase the production of minority Ph.D. recipients in science, mathematics and engineering, and on the U.S. Department of Education to develop collaborative academic and research programs between universities in Brazil and in four European Union countries with those in the United States. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters and books.