Jacqueline Taylor became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey in March 2013. As chief academic officer, the provost has responsibility for over 360 full-time faculty and librarians and more than fifty degree programs offered through seven schools. The Office of Academic Affairs allocates resources and administers policies that undergird faculty work with highly talented undergraduates and graduate students at a college characterized by a collaborative, engaged, rigorous intellectual community. To this end, the provost, reporting to the president, leads strategic planning and ensures the development and support of the College’s five signature experiences.
From 2007-2013, Dr. Taylor served as the founding dean of DePaul University’s new College of Communication. Under her leadership the college doubled its enrollment and faculty, and developed a number of award-winning student organizations and college-sponsored media outlets. Dr. Taylor was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2005-2006, with a placement at Kent State University. She has held national leadership positions with the ACE Council of Fellows and the National Communication Association. She is past chair of the Finance board for the National Communication Association (NCA) and has served on NCA’s Executive Committee.
A professor of performance studies, Dr. Taylor held a variety of administrative positions at DePaul, including director of Women’s Studies, department chair, founding director of the humanities center, and associate vice president for academic affairs. She has taught and done research in the areas of autobiographical performance and gender and communication. Her books include her memoir, Waiting for the Call; a monograph, Grace Paley: Illuminating the Dark Lives; and the co-edited volume Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography. She has also published numerous scholarly articles in leading performance studies journals. Dr. Taylor’s memoir was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in Women’s Memoir and Autobiography, and she received the 2007 National Communication Association Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies.
Dr. Taylor grew up in Kentucky, where she received her BA in English and Communication Arts from Georgetown College. She earned both her MA and PhD in Performance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She and her spouse, Carol Sadtler, have two adult daughters, Lucy and Grace.