English Department

Finding Your Voice

As a Taylor English scholar, you will have opportunities to dig deeper into canonical literary works and refine the way you communicate. As an artist, you will be encouraged to experiment with your writing style and find your written voice. Through our concentrations in Creative Writing or Literature, you will develop skills in critical inquiry, analysis, and storytelling—abilities that will propel you further in your career aspirations.

You will also receive encouragement, challenges, opportunities, and mentorship from peers and experienced English faculty who are dedicated to seeing you grow. Our faculty are experts and practicing artists, passionate about sharing their love for literature and creative writing.

With a 97 percent career placement rate, the English department has connections to businesses that are eager to hire Taylor students.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Nancy Dayton, Chair of the English department, talk about the opportunities students have to explore at Taylor in literature, creative writing, and English.

The Perfect Publishing Environment

English majors enrolled in the Parnassus and Relief classes spend a lot of time in the Relief room, a space in Reade Liberal Arts Center dedicated to the literary journals and English students. With a conference table, a lounge area, and shelves of books, the Relief room is an ideal space for acquisition and editorial discussions.

Filling in the Future Pages
Grad Programs

Some of the careers our students pursue require a graduate degree. Taylor English graduates have attended the following graduate programs:

  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Ball State University
  • Boston University
  • Harvard School of Theology
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Vanderbilt University
Career Opportunities

English majors graduate as effective communicators, storytellers, and critical thinkers equipped for a wide range of career opportunities. You will be prepared to work as an author, lawyer, librarian, museum curator, journalist, teacher, publicist, librarian, editor—and more—in a variety of fields such as education, law, journalism, marketing, music, public relations, or government.

Learn more about Taylor University’s Communication, Language, & Writing philosophy.

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Taylor’s English Department Commended by Academic Policy Committee After Review

Apr 03, 2019

Taylor University’s English Department has been commended by the Academic Policy Committee (APC) after its finding the department meets and exceeds in...

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Speakers, undergraduate presentations, book fair highlight fourth Making Literature Conference at Taylor

Feb 26, 2019

The fourth Making Literature Conference, hosted by Taylor University’s Department of English, will be held Thursday-Saturday, February 28-March 2, on ...

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Indiana's Poet Laureate Among Featured Guests at Literary Conference

Feb 23, 2017

The 2017 William A. Fry Undergraduate Conference on Literature and Writing will be held March 2 – 4, on the campus of Taylor University. The conferenc...

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Taylor English Professor to Host Book Signings

Nov 23, 2016

Taylor University Associate Professor of English Dr. Mary N. Muchiri and her husband, Dr. Humphrey W. Muciiri, will host two book signings to promote ...

Department Head

Nancy Dayton

Department Chair & Professor of English

nndayton@taylor.edu

Faculty

Barb Bird

Professor of English, Dean of Faculty Development, & Director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning

brbird@taylor.edu

Dan Bowman Jr.

Associate Professor of English

dnbowman@taylor.edu

Carie King

Assistant Professor of English

crking@taylor.edu

Lorne Mook

Associate Professor of English

lrmook@taylor.edu

Julie Moore

Director of the Writing Center & Associate Professor of English

julie_moore2@taylor.edu

Joe Ricke

Professor of English

jsricke@taylor.edu

Colleen Warren

Professor of English

clwarren@taylor.edu

Staff

Pamela Pegg

English & Modern Language Program Assistant

pmpegg@taylor.edu