Edward Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington where he oversees educational opportunities that advance and deepen the undergraduate experience. Programs in Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) connect undergraduates to the breadth and depth of opportunities at the UW so they are equipped and eager for their journey ahead as leaders in their communities and careers. Taylor has dedicated his career and service leadership to creating access to opportunities by addressing inequities and ensuring schools and universities become places of belonging.
Dr. Taylor is a professor in the UW’s College of Education. His research and teaching center on comparative education in the U.S. and South Africa, moral dimensions of education and integrative education, and leadership in education and social justice. He has written, taught and presented extensively on these topics. His co-edited books focus on race and education, race theory and race in the United States. His co-authored books include Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education and Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience: The University of Washington’s Growth in Faculty Teaching Study. Dr. Taylor has also authored multiple journal articles.
Dr. Taylor co-chaired, with Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer Rickey Hall, the tri-campus Race & Equity Initiative.
Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology from Gonzaga University.
Active in the local and global communities, Taylor is a founding board member of Rainier Scholars, a scholastic preparation program for high-achieving children of color; serves on the board of the Seattle Foundation; is a trustee of Gonzaga University; is a member of the University Council of the United States International University-Africa; and served on the boards of College Spark Washington and the Rwanda Girls Initiative. Nationally, Taylor is a past member of the faculty of the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, which is part of the Mind and Life Institute. Internationally, he has worked with South African township schools and school leaders to help form a coalition of schools to serve children living in township communities. In 2014, Taylor received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the UW’s College of Education.
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1994