dean of faculty

Deborah Taylor, Ph.D.

Colby-Sawyer College is dedicated to forming individuals who will be life long learners with interests and perspectives that are both broad and deep. Our Liberal Education Program forms the basis of the Colby-Sawyer education, grounding knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

We developed this program through conversation and collaboration. Our goal was to identify the characteristics of the liberally educated person and to design a program to achieve those outcomes with our students. We combine this foundation with professional experiences so that students are well prepared to enter the working world or to continue to advanced study.

We believe that the best learning occurs in a situation in which faculty and students are free to explore great questions together and pose their own answers to those questions.

As the academic vice president and dean of faculty, I am the chief academic officer of the college. My responsibilities fall in the following areas:

  • develop, implement, and evaluate academic policies and programs
  • recommend allocation of resources among all academic units
  • recommend all faculty appointments, promotions, tenure, sabbatical leaves
  • lead planning and continuous improvement for the academic areas
  • develop articulation agreements and partnerships in support of the academic program
  • serve as the accreditation liaison officer of the college

In addition, reporting to me are the chairs of the academic departments, the academic dean, the dean of distance education, the Wesson Honors Program coordinator, the director of the Teaching Enrichment Center, and the Director of the Windy Hill School.

Important dates, articles of governance, and college policies for faculty are included in the Faculty Handbook. Faculty committee sites provide more information regarding the various segments of faculty governance.

Click here for my biography. As you'll see, as well as being an administrator, I'm a professor and researcher.

Please contact my assistant, Sue Maurer, if you wish to get in touch with me.

Deb Taylor, Ph.D.

Academic Vice President, Dean of Faculty