TROY - Dr. Steven L. Taylor has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University, effective immediately.
Dr. Taylor, who joined the TROY faculty in the fall of 1998 as an assistant professor, has served as chair of the Department of Political Science since 2012.
"Dr. Taylor is a distinguished scholar who has long demonstrated his dedication to student success in his role as a professor and department chair," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Throughout his service as a member of our faculty, Dr. Taylor has been a tremendous ambassador for Troy University, and I am pleased he will bring his leadership abilities to the role of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences."
Dr. Taylor said he was honored to be selected for the position.
"I am humbled and gratified by the opportunity to serve Troy University in this capacity," Dr. Taylor said. "I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences in fostering a quality learning environment for our students, here in Alabama and around the world."
Dr. Taylor was selected as a Chancellor's Fellow at Troy University in 2015, and is a former president of the Faculty Senate. He also has served as a member of the Legal Studies Program Task Force and the Arts and Sciences Advisory Panel and has chaired the Arts and Sciences Tenure and Promotion Task Force.
Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, and received the bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.
The consummate scholar, Dr. Taylor has contributed to several books, written numerous book chapters, articles and essays and made presentations at conferences such as the International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association, the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, the Southern Political Science Association and the Alabama Political Science Association, among others.
Dr. Taylor is a past president of the Alabama Political Science Association and a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Southern Political Science Association and the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.