academic vice president & dean of faculty

Deborah A. Taylor, Ph.D.

Deborah Taylor came to Colby-Sawyer College in the fall of 1976 as a faculty member in psychology. She has taught a variety of courses in psychology, including several in her field of social psychology. During her years at Colby-Sawyer, she has served as a faculty member in psychology (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor), dean of students and vice president for student development (1986-1990), chair of the Social Sciences and Education Department (1992-2001), and academic dean (2001-2005). In July, 2005, she became academic vice president and dean of faculty.

As academic vice president and dean of faculty, she manages the academic affairs area and is responsible for academic strategic planning; faculty recruitment, professional development and evaluation; budgeting; fund-raising and grants; and curriculum assessment and planning. She works closely with the faculty, academic departments, academic dean, dean of distance education, liberal education coordinator, Wesson Honors Program coordinator, director of the Teaching Enrichment Center, director of Windy Hill School, and the academic support areas to develop the curricular offerings of the college, to support faculty and staff in their professional development, and to support students in their learning. She works closely with David Sauerwein, vice president for student development and dean of students, to blend academic and co-curricular offerings into a seamless educational experience for students. She also is responsible for coordinating accreditation activities for the college.

Dr. Taylor received her A.B. from Cornell University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Dr. Taylor's teaching has included courses in a variety of areas in psychology, including social psychology, personality psychology, developmental psychology, and research methods. She received the college's Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997, and the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award for Higher Education in 1998. She was the founding sponsor of Colby-Sawyer Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology.

Her most recent research focuses on collaborative care models, community health, program evaluation and outcomes assessment. She co-coordinated Concord, NH, regional community health assessment projects four times between 1994 and 2003, and has written grants and conducted program evaluation research for a variety of community health care and social service agencies. She has been involved regularly in accreditation work at the program and college level. She has served as a member and chair of evaluation teams for NEASC (the New England Association of Schools and Colleges).