Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, has been selected for the 2014 Distinguished Graduate Award by the University of Washington College of Education. The faculty of the College of Education votes upon and bestows this award.
The Distinguished Graduate Award was established in 1986 and is awarded annually to a College of Education graduate of marked distinction. Past recipients of this award include Dr. John Corbally, former president of the MacArthur Foundation, and Harold Morse, promoter of the Educational Television Networks’ The Learning Channel and Ovation – The Arts Channel. Then-governor Christine Gregoire is also a recipient of this award.
In his notification letter, Tom Stritikus, dean of the College of Education, noted that “it is especially gratifying to honor a College of Education graduate who has distinguished himself in the realm of academia….Your accomplishments in higher education through leadership and service have been widely recognized by others and the College of Education faculty is pleased to add to your well-deserved accolades.”
In addition to his leadership of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Taylor is a professor in the College of Education. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the College. In 1995, he became a faculty member there. His research and teaching center around moral dimensions of education and integrative education, leadership in education, and social justice, and he has written, taught, and presented extensively on these topics.
Taylor is also an active leader in the community, particularly in educational-related concerns. He is a trustee and former regent of Gonzaga University; founding board member of Molo Care, a non-governmental organization helping children in South Africa attend school; founding board member of Rainier Scholars, a scholastic preparation program for high-achieving children of color; is a project sponsor for the Community Center for Education Results’ Road Map Project; and serves on the boards of College Spark Washington, Rwanda Girls Initiative, and Lakeside School.
Taylor’s award will be presented at the annual College of Education graduation ceremony on the morning of Saturday, June 14, 2014 in the Quad outside of Miller Hall from 9-11 a.m. Taylor will also be this year’s College of Education graduation keynote speaker. “Your sagacity, energy, and words of encouragement are just what are graduates need to hear as they leave the College and begin their important work as teachers, leaders, policy-makers, and researchers,” noted Stritikus.
Congratulations, Dean Taylor! Your colleagues in UAA are proud of you!