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Faculty Friday Feature: Dr. Connie Taylor

Faculty Friday Feature: Dr. Connie Taylor

Mar 22nd , 2013

Faculty Friday highlights a weekly faculty or staff member at Midland University. It gives students, staff, alumni, and future students a deeper look at members of the Midland Community.

Dr. Connie Taylor has been teaching at Midland for 15 years. Here are some things you may not have known about her:

What is your hometown? Leavenworth, Kansas  

What do you teach? I teach Psychology of Learning, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theory, Behavioral Assessment, and Advanced Behavior Analysis during the regular semesters. During Interterm, I teach Movies and Mental Illness when I am on campus. I also co-sponsor Interterm trips to Europe with Mrs. Trautrimas from the English Department. 

Are you involved in any clubs here at Midland?  I am one of the faculty advisors to our Midland chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society.

How long have you been at Midland? I began teaching at Midland in 1998 so this is my 15th year!

What is the best part about teaching at Midland? I love getting to know the students and following their successes once they graduate. I enjoy seeing students relate what we're learning in class to their own lives. It's rewarding to play a role in helping students find their life's passion.

Where did you graduate, and what was your major? I earned a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. I earned my MS and PhD in Psychology from Florida State University.

What is your favorite TV show? I like musical theater so Smash is a fun show. I also love watching college basketball, especially KU, FSU, and Creighton.

What is your favorite Movie?Ordinary People

Who is your favorite band or Artist?Adele

What is your favorite book? Marley and Me. I love dogs so I could relate to all of it.

What is your favorite food?Filet mignon with blue cheese topping

Most memorable moment at Midland?Being honored with the Zimmerman Award for Teaching and Service during graduation ceremonies three years ago.  

What accomplishment are you most proud of?With the support of many colleagues, I developed a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) several years ago. My students complete a yearlong internship at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Their good work has helped improve the lives of many children with disabilities. Our ABA program is well recognized and highly respected throughout the region. 

Do you have any interesting hobbies? I started working with a personal trainer last year and I am becoming stronger and in better shape! I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, scrapbooking, and going to the theatre.   

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to incoming freshmen? Embrace your time in college as a journey to savor. Take classes in many different areas to discover talents and passions in yourself that you do not know you have. Commit to never stop learning!!