John L. Taylor

John L. Taylor is Professor in the Educational Leadership Program since 2003. Dr. Taylor received his B.S. in physical education from San Jose State University, his M.A. in education from Stanford University, and his Ed.D in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education from Stanford University with Distinction.

He served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona from 1991-2002. He held a courtesy appointment in Africana Studies Program in the College of Humanities. Before joining the University of Arizona, he served as Professor and Dean of the College of Education at California State University, Chico from 1989-1991. He held several leadership positions within the United States Department of Education from 1979-1989, including Director and Senior Research Associate of the Learning and Instruction Division in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) (now Institute of Education Sciences) and as Research Associate and Mathematics and Science Team Leader at the National Institute of Education in OERI. He was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 1976-1982 and the P.I of a four-year professional development and research grant project in Chicago and the metropolitan area. While at UIUC, Dr. Taylor was awarded an Inter-government Personnel Agreement with the National Institute of Education from 1979-1982. In his earlier education career he held administration, teaching, and athletic coaching positions at Menlo Atherton High School, Merritt Community College, and the University of San Francisco.

In the Educational Leadership Program, he teaches graduate courses in Education Evaluation, Educational Policy, Leadership for Diverse Communities, and Leadership for Social Justice. His research focuses on issues of leadership and policy for equality of educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, particularly minorities and black males from preschool to college. His recent publications include book chapters titled: On Black Men’s Diminishing Existence in Academe: An Introspective View and An Analysis of the Intended and unintended outcomes of RFTEN (Evaluation study of Reading First Teacher Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Universities, and Native American Serving Institutions). Examples of paper presentations are: Black Males’ Positive College Perceptions of Educational Leaders, Laying the Initial Groundwork to Become Part of the Next Generation of High-Level Academic Administrators, The Growth of and Changes in the Federal Role in Public Education, Cosby’s Qualms, Educators’ Quest, and The Liberal University and Living Black Issues in Education.

He served as Research Team member for Military Collaboration Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships grant sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture under the leadership of PI Lynne M. Borden in the College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences. He planned and developed video techniques and observation instruments for research, professional development, and the evaluation of youth programs. Dr. Taylor was co-principal investigator with Professor Doug Woodard of a three-year research project co-sponsored by the UA Office of the President and NCAA. The research examined and reported on status of academic and social cultures of UA student-athletes and the general student populations.

Dr. Taylor has numerous publications and presentations. Over the years he has been the recipient of grants and contracts and served on journal editorial boards and as a reviewer for journals, Federal grant competitions, and conferences presentation proposals. He has served on many local, state, and national committees. Dr. Taylor is the recipient of many awards and recognitions.

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