Dr. Peter L. Taylor is Executive Associate Dean for Academic and External Affairs in the Patel College of Health Care Sciences providing academic leadership to more than 3000 students and 300 faculty in twenty-nine degree programs across six campus locations throughout the state. He leads the launch of new degree programs, academic program review, manages curricula, new faculty orientation, faculty reappointment, promotion, sabbaticals, and program accreditation.
Prior to NSU Dr. Taylor served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California San Francisco. In the UCSF Graduate Division, he oversaw student admissions, financial aid, academic program review, and the allocation of state funds to graduate programs. Working with deans and faculty in the professional schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing, he crafted proposals for new financially self-supporting graduate degrees in Biomedical Imaging, Translational Medicine (joint with UC Berkeley), a blended degree program in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Translational Science. He has helped raised more than $12.2 million in support of academic programs from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.
A literary critic and historian by training, Taylor’s research focuses on American and African American literature before 1900 particularly the intersection of literature, religion, and law, and the racial coupling characteristic of American letters as seen in works by Charles W. Chesnutt, William and Ellen Craft, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, and others. After completing his undergraduate degree in English Language & Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, Taylor earned a master’s degree in English at Georgetown University; he went on to earn his doctoral degree at Brandeis University. He has held faculty appointments at Virginia Tech, Santa Clara University, and Florida Memorial University. In 2016 he was a Fellow at the Executive Leadership Academy in the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.