Dr. Carolyn Taylor

Name: Dr. Carolyn Taylor

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 918-343-7627

Title: Distinguished Professor (Retired)

Department: History & Political Science

Office: Baird Hall, Room 219G

Dr. Carolyn TaylorEducation

Ed.D., Political Science/Higher Education
Oklahoma State University

M.A., Political Science
B.A., History
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Professional Experience

2015-Present, Distinguished Professor (Retired)
2011-2015, Professor
1992-2011, Associate Professor
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

1984-1992, State Legislator
Oklahoma House of Representatives

1979-1984, Faculty
Norman High School, Norman, OK

Leadership Experience

Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1984-1992:

  • Chair, Education Committee
  • Chair, Education Subcommittee, Appropriations and Budget Committee (responsible for approximately two billion dollar budget)
  • Principal Author, legislation establishing: scholarship and endowed chair programs and funding for higher education, training and standards for Boards of Regents, K-12 education reforms and funding, funding for the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, a family leave policy for state employees, a statewide prenatal care program, environmental and geography education  programs, the Carl Albert Internship Program in state government, Sooner Start (collaborative multi-agency early intervention programs for children with disabilities), and many others.

Legislative Committees

Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1984-1992:

  • Appropriations and Budget (Education subcommittee chair)
  • Education (Chair)
  • Economic Development
  • Mental Health

Academic Appointments:

  • Professor, Political Science, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, 1996-present (retired)
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK, 1991
  • Visiting Professor, Political Science/History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1990

Administrative Experience:

  • Regents Education Program Advisory Committee, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 2002-2004
  • NCA Coordinator, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, 1999-2001
  • V.P. Academic Affairs/Executive Vice President, University Center at Tulsa/Rogers University, Tulsa, OK, 1992-1998
  • Council on Instruction, Member, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 1992-1998

Publications & Research


  • Fantasy Media in the Classroom, chapter, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.
  • Voices from the Heartland, University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. Finalist, 2008 Oklahoma Book Award.
  • The Truth of Buffy: Essays on Fiction Illuminating Reality, McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2008.


  • “A Letter to America”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2008
  • “Party Wars”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2006
  • “Born to Run”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2005.
  • “An Oklahoma Partnership: Higher Education and Economic Development,” Oklahoma Politics, 2001.


  • “The Planning and Implementation of an Inclusive and Meaningful Self Study”, Collection of Papers, Higher Learning Commission, April 2004.   
  • “Serving the Common Good”, Collection of Papers, Higher Learning Commission, April, 2001

Major Reports  (coordinator/principal writer):

  • RSU Strategic Plan Status Report – 2004
  • RSU NCA Self-Study – 2004
  • RSU Self-Study AA Secondary Education, program review, 2002
  • RSU NCA Self-Study and Request for Institutional Change – 2000
  • RSU Strategic Plan – 1999
  • RSU Institutional Development Plan – 1999

Current Activities

  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Board Member and Selection Committee, member
  • Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Board of Visitors
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association, member
  • Oklahoma Historical Society, member

Professional Awards & Honors

  • The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year, Fifty Making a Difference, 2008
  • Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, 2008
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, 2007
  • Nominated “Professor of the Year” by RSU’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 2003
  • Child Advocates Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, 2003
  • Pinnacle Award, Tulsa Commission on the Status of Women, 1995
  • Oklahoma Observer, Top Ten Legislators of the Year, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Oklahoma Women in Education Administration, Award of Merit, 1990
  • Norman Volunteer of the Year, Award of Merit, 1990
  • National School Public Relations Association, Award of Honor, 1990
  • Woman of the Year, Norman Hi-Noon BPW, 1988
  • Friend to Children Award, 1988, (Oklahoma Association of Children Under Six)
  • Oklahoma Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Outstanding Legislator Award, 1988
  • A.C. Hamlin Award, 1988, (Legislative Black Caucus)
  • Profiles in Achievement, Charles M. Holloway, 1987, (featured in book)
  • Leadership Oklahoma, Class I, 1987-1988
  • Edward R. Munnell, M.D., Award (American Lung Association), 1987
  • Citizen Recognition Award, Oklahoma Library Association, 1986
  • Young Career Woman of the Year, Norman Hi-Noon BPW, 1984
  • U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Scholarship, 1984
  • Norman Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Norman Class, 1984
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1984
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Association)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Honorary Educational Society)