Dr. Marilyn Taylor

Associate Professor of English


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Dr. Taylor grew up in the Midwest loving reading, writing, language, and learning. After a summer course in French at the Sorbonne in high school, she attended Miami University of Ohio, Indiana Wesleyan University and Ball State University.   A teaching fellowship took her to Denver, Colorado, for training in creative writing and American literature. During her doctoral studies she taught at the University of Denver and the Colorado Free University. She’s been teaching all her professional life—including students from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe and Hmong immigrants at a small Catholic college in Northern Wisconsin to conventional liberal arts writing majors in Iowa.   In 1989, at the Divine Word’s invitation, she coordinated a revision of the General Education Core in collaboration with the entire learning community.   She has brought insight and administrative experience to many other Divine Word initiatives-- accreditation review, design and supervision of the Writing Assessment Plan, establishment of the Sustainability Committee, and creation of the Intercultural Studies Major so central to Divine Word’s mission to prepare missionaries for the 21st century. Her colleagues elected her five times to serve a total of fifteen years on the Board of Trustees, and recently elected her as President pro-tem of the new Faculty Senate.   Though proud to serve Divine Word in many ways, Dr. Taylor most values her teaching and treasures her teaching awards. Many Divine Word students have asked Dr. Taylor why she is at Divine Word College.   She always answers, “Because of students like you.” 

B.A.—Ball State University, Muncie, IN (English)
M.A.—Ball State University, Muncie, IN (English)
Ph.D.—University of Denver, Denver, CO (Fiction Writing and American Literature to 1900)

  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Real World Writing, American Literature, Contemporary World Literature, World Mythology, Haiku.
  Research Interests:
Her reading on Critical and Creative Thinking, Real-World Writing, Teaching Research in the 21st Century, Christian Rhetoric, and Writing Assessment strengthen Dr. Taylor’s conviction that teaching effective writing is most deeply and meaningfully about connection, rather than correction. Her interest in Contemporary World Literature and Sustainability Across the Curriculum help prepare her to guide students in becoming global citizens.    
Short stories in The Denver Quarterly and Ploughshares.  
Haiku and other short poemsin small literary magazines Acorn and Hummingbird.  
  Professional Affiliations:
NCTE -- National Council of Teachers of English
CCC -- College Composition and Communication
ETS -- Educational Testing Service
French and Spanish
  Intercultural Experience:
Though Dr. Taylor has traveled in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Philippines, teaching Divine Word students alongside her SVD and lay colleagues has been her most enriching intercultural experience.