Michael Gealt, executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan University, has announced the appointment of Marcy Taylor as interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Taylor will begin her leadership duties Jan. 16, 2018, after the retirement of Dean Pam Gates.
Taylor has served as interim associate dean of the college since 2016. She joined CMU as a faculty member in the English language and literature department in 1996. She served as director of composition from 1999-2005, chair of the department from 2005-11, interim chair of the political science department for the spring 2013 semester and assistant dean of CHSBS from 2012-16.
Taylor also served as a senior administrative fellow in 2015-16, through a program that supports fellows in completing an independent project of their choosing while under the mentorship of the president, provost, senior administrators and administrative groups. As a senior administrative fellow, Taylor participated in formal leadership seminars and provided assistance on special projects under the mentorship of the senior associate provost for academic administration.
She earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of Washington and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho. Before joining CMU, Taylor held instructor positions at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. She also was a junior high school English teacher from 1987-89.
As CHSBS interim dean, Taylor will be responsible for the leadership and operation of the college.