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Jacqueline Taylor, Biographical Sketch

Jacqueline Taylor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, joined The College of New Jersey in March 2013, where she is a professor of Communication Studies and of Women’s and Gender Studies. Previously, she served for more than thirty years as a faculty member and administrator at DePaul University. From 2007-2013, she served as the founding dean of DePaul’s new College of Communication. Under her leadership the college doubled its enrollment and faculty, and developed a number of award-winning student organizations and college-sponsored media outlets. Taylor was an American Council on Education Fellow in 2005-2006, with a placement at Kent State University, and is currently a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Council of Fellows. She is past chair of the Finance Board for the National Communication Association (NCA) and has served on NCA’s Executive Committee. A professor of performance studies, Jackie held a variety of administrative positions at DePaul, including director of Women’s Studies, department chair, founding director of the humanities center, and associate vice president for academic affairs. She has taught and done research in the areas of autobiographical performance and gender and communication.  Her books include her memoir, Waiting for the Call, a monograph,Grace Paley: Illuminating the Dark Lives, and the co-edited volume Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography. She has also published numerous scholarly articles. Taylor’s memoir was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in Women’s Memoir and Autobiography and she received the 2007 National Communication Association Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies. She grew up in Kentucky, where she received her BA in English and Communication Arts from Georgetown College.  She earned both her MA and PhD in Performance Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.