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

2014-Present, Distinguished Professor (Retired)
2011-2014, Professor
1992-2011, Associate Professor
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

1991, Adjunct Professor
Oklahoma Baptist University

1990, Visiting Professor of Polictical Science/History
University of Oklahoma

1984-1992, State Legislator
Oklahoma House of Representatives

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

Administrative Experience

2002-2004, Regents Education Program Advisory Committee
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

1999-2001, NCA Coordinator
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK,

1992-1998, 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

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

University Committees and Service

Rogers State University

  • Faculty sponsor, President’s Leadership Class
  • Faculty liaison with The Washington Center
  • Faculty sponsor, Brad Henry International Scholars Program
  • Faculty liaison for OSRHE Scholar Leadership Enrichment Program
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Honors advisory Committee
  • Centennial Planning Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee (Chair)
  • Academic Policies Committee
  • Academic Integrity Committee
  • NCA Committee (Chair) Self Study Editor
  • Assessment Committee
  • Mission and Program Planning Committee
  • Multiple Administrative and Faculty Search Committees

Courses Taught

  • American Federal Government
  • American Federal Government (Honors)
  • State and Local Government
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • The American Congress
  • Public Policy
  • Women in Politics

Workshops/Conferences Attended 

  • Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Seattle, 24 March 2016
  • Quality Matters (QM): Independent Improving Your Online Course (IYOC): Statewide Systems. Certificate of Completion. September 29, 2016
  • Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. New Orleans. 2 April 2015.
  • American Statistical Association, Summer 2010
  • Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival, Fall 2007
  • American Democracy Project, Summer 2007
  • Surrey International Writers Conference, Fall 2005
  • Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, Fall 2005
  • The Higher Learning Commission, NCA Regional Forum, Columbus, Ohio, Fall 2002
  • “Improving First-Year Student Learning, Success and Retention” by Dr. John N. Gardner, RSU, Fall, 2001
  • Center for Active Learning Teaching Enhancement Series, RSU, Spring, 2001
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Conference, Fall, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • The Higher Learning Commission, NCA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2001, 2003, 2004

Professional and Public Presentations 

  • Spring, 2016 invited panelist, “The Fantasy Lens: Using Fantasy to Illuminate the Classics.”  Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
  • Spring, 2015 invited panelist, “From Sandbox to Pillar: Using Children’s Literature for Adult Education.” Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference
  • Fall, 2015 guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. Jane Johansson)
  • Fall, 2010 invited panelist, “Oklahoma State Questions”, KRSC
  • Fall, 2007 invited panelist/speaker, Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival
  • Fall, 2005 invited panelist/speaker, Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival
  • Fall, 2005 chaired panel at Oklahoma Political Science Association annual meeting
  • Spring, 2004 workshop presenter on self-study, Higher Learning Commission, NCA annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois
  • Spring, 2004 guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. David Tait)
  • Fall, 2001 book review, “Waltzing with the Ghost of Tom Joad” by Robert Maril, RSU library
  • Spring, 2001 guest participant, Cultural Ecology (Dr. Frank Elwell)
  • Spring, 2001 presenter, The Higher Learning Commission, NCA annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois
  • Spring, 2001 conducted workshop on parliamentary procedure for RSU student government officers
  • Spring, 2001 book review, “The Running Mate” by Joe Klein, RSU library
  • Fall, 2000 guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. David Tait)
  • Fall, 2000 guest lecturer, Perspectives in Human Behavior (Dr. Abe Marrero)
  • Fall,1986 panelist, The College Board, national conference, New York City, New York   
  • 1985-1992 numerous presentations, invited panelist, keynote speaker for various civic, educational and political conferences and meetings

Publications & Research


  • Co-Author with Dr. Steve Housel.  State and Local Government: A Brief Introduction.  Published by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. Vol.1, 2016, Vol. 2, 2017, Vol. 3, 2019.
  • Co-Author with Dr. Steve Housel. State and local government chapter in We the People, Twelfth Oklahoma Essential Edition. W.W. Norton Publisher, 2019.


  • Co-Editor in Chief, Oklahoma Politics, Volume 27, 2017, Journal of the Oklahoma Political Science Association


  • “Freedom.” Children’s and YA Books in the College Classroom: Essays on Instructional Methods.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2015. 164-177.
  • Managing Editor, Voices from the Heartland, University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. Finalist, 2008 Oklahoma Book Award. Named one of “15 Essential Oklahoma Reads” by This Land Press, 2013.
  • “May I.” Voices from the Heartland, University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. 197-201.
  • “Bruce, Bill, and Barack.” Fantasy Media in the Classroom:  Essays on Teaching with Film, Television, Literature, Graphic Novels and Video Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2012. 33-44.
  • “I’m Cookie Dough.” (with Dr. Ken Hicks) The Truth of Buffy: Essays on Fiction Illuminating Reality. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2008. 185-200.


  • “The Sooner Story: The University of Oklahoma, 1890-2015”, book review, The Chronicles of Oklahoma, 2016.
  • “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:

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

Current Activities

  • Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association, member
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Board Member
  • Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Board of Visitors
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association, member
  • Oklahoma Historical Society, member
  • University of Oklahoma alumni association member
  • Oklahoma State University alumni association member
  • University of Oklahoma band “Pride” alumni member

Recent Activities

  • University of Oklahoma Women and Gender Studies Department Board of Advisors
  • Claremore Public Schools Business and Education Coalition member
  • Claremore Band Booster Association
  • Claremore Lady Zebras Volleyball Booster Club, Vice President
  • American Statistical Association, member
  • Oklahoma National Geographic Education Foundation, Selection Committee member
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Selection Committee member
  • Arvest Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
  • Central Upper Elementary School, PTO President
  • Claremore Regional Hospital Women’s Advisory Committee
  • Tulsa Philharmonic, Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, Board of Directors
  • Tulsa Education Fund, Board of Trustees
  • Growing Healthy, Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma Arts Institute, Board of Directors
  • League of Women Voters, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Rogers State University’s student center named the “Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center”, 2017
  • Awarded Oklahoma “Teacher of the Year” by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, 2015
  • Named RSU Hillcat Mentor, 2014
  • Faculty Senate sponsored Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Liberal Arts, Rogers State University, 2013
  • 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 Museum of Natural History’s education wing named the “Carolyn Taylor Hall of Education”, 1992
  • 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)