Dr. Marilyn Taylor

Dr. Marilyn Taylor

Associate Professor

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Dr. Taylor grew up in the Midwest loving books and words.After a summer course in French at the Sorbonne, she attended Miami University of Ohio, and Ball State University.A teaching fellowship took her to Denver, Colorado, for doctoral studies in creative writing and American literature.She taught at the University of Denver and the Colorado Free University.She’s been teaching all her professional life—students ranging from members of 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, Divine Word hired her to coordinate a revision of the General Education Core.She’s brought insight and experience to many Divine Word initiatives--accreditation review, Writing Assessment, establishing a Sustainability Committee, and design of the Intercultural Studies Major 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.Though proud to serve Divine Word in many ways, Dr. Taylor most treasures her teaching awards. Many students have asked Dr. Taylor why she is at Divine Word College.She 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 DWC

Creative Writing, Contemporary World Literature, Haiku, Real-World Writing, World Mythology, Composition, Academic Writing, American Literature

Research Interests

Her reading on Critical and Creative Thinking, Real-World Writing, Teaching Research in the 21st Century, and Writing Assessment strengthen Dr. Taylor’s conviction that teaching effective writing is most deeply and meaningfully about connection.Her interest in Contemporary World Literature and Sustainability help her to prepare students to become global citizens.




Professional Affiliations

College Composition and Communications

Educational Testing Service

Haiku Society of America

National Council of Teachers of English


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

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