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Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Washington, DC, US

Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Distinguished Senior Advisor to the President, and Associate Faculty, School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


National leader on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in higher education, with implications for social science and STEM fields





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Prior to his appointment as Distinguished Senior Advisor to the President of Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Orlando L. Taylor served as President for Strategic Initiatives and Research at that institution, where he was also the Principal Investigator and Director for an NSF-funded grant to advance women in the STEM fields into leadership positions at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at Tribal Colleges. Before that, he served in several senior leadership positions at Howard University, and as President of the Washington, D.C. campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He was one of the architects of the American Association of Colleges & University's (AAC&U) National Science Foundation-funded Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future project.

Dr. Taylor has been a national leader for many years on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in higher education. He has been a particularly vigorous advocate and spokesperson on topics and issues relating to access and equity; and relating to preparation of the next generation of researchers and faculty members for the nation’s colleges and universities.

Dr. Taylor is the author of numerous publications within his discipline and in higher education, and is recognized by many as a national leader in graduate education. He is the Past President of the Consortium of Social Science Association and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. He has served as a member of numerous national boards in higher education, including the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, which he chaired. Currently, Dr. Taylor is a member of the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson University and a member of the Research Council of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Dr. Taylor received a PhD degree from the University of Michigan and has been a recipient of that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Purdue University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Hope College, DePauw University, Denison University, and Southern Connecticut State University.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (3)

Faculty and leadership diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education

Higher education policy and Grantsmanship

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Disciplines

Accomplishments (5)

Distinguished Fellow

Association of American Colleges and Universities (Current)

Bouchet Medal

Yale University

Distinguished Service Award

Alumni Association, University of Michigan

Distinguished Alumni Award

Denison Universtiy

Fellow and Honors of the Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Education (9)

University of Michigan: PhD

Hampton University: BS

Southern Connecticut State University: Doctor of Letters

Denison University: Doctor of Letters

Indiana University: Doctor of Humane Letters

Ohio State University: Doctor of Higher Education

DePauw University: Doctor of Pedagogy

Purdue University: Doctor of Letters

Hope College: Doctor of Letters

Affiliations (16)

  • American Psychological Association : Member
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association : Fellow Honors
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Former Board Chair and Current Board member
  • Consortium of Social Science Associations: Former President and Board Member
  • National Communication Association: Former President
  • National Science Foundation : Former Member, Advisory Committee, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and Directorate for Geosciences
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders : Former Member, Advisory Council
  • Council of Graduate Schools : Former Chair and Member, Board of Directors
  • Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools : Former President
  • Howard University : Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Dean, Professor
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC Campus : President
  • Indiana University : Professor
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching : Visiting Scholar
  • Stanford University : Visiting Professor
  • University of Pittsburgh : Adjunct Professor

Event Appearances (1)

Dr. Taylor has delivered keynote addresses and presented scholarly papers at numerous domestic and international academic conferences, seminars and think tanks.

Refer to CV for selected appearances.  

Research Grants (4)

STEM Leadership Grant

National Science Foundation: Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership $9 Million

With University of the Virgin Islands, North Carolina A & T State University, and American Association of Colleges and Universities 2018-2023

Grant for Advancing Women in STEM

National Science Foundation $1.5 Million

With the Society of STEM Women of Color 2018-2023

Grant for Advancing Women in STEM: Part II

National Science Foundation: Advancing Women in STEM $1.9 Million

With the Society of STEM Women of Color 2021-2024


Various Organizations, as listed $40 Million combined

Principal Investigator for more than $40 million in federally and privately sponsored research, graduate training and program development grants over the past 50 years at Fielding, The Chicago School and Howard University from such agencies, organizations and individuals as the National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Freedom Forum, Luce Foundation, Time Warner, Walter Annenberg and the Global (Sasakawa) Foundation.

Articles (20)


Higher Education in a Changing World

Taylor, Orlando

Santa Barbara: Fielding University Press, Forthcoming


Language Acquisition in North America: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Orlando Taylor, Laurence B. Leonard

San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, 1999


Making the Connection: Academic Achievement and Language Diversity in African American Children

Orlando Taylor, Carolyn Temple Adger, Donna Christian

Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 1999


Treatment of Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Orlando Taylor

San Diego: College Hill Press, 1986


Nature of Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Orlando Taylor

San Diego: College Hill Press, 1986.

Chapter: Our Best Place

Re-Conceptualizing Safe Spaces

Orlando Taylor, Kelly Mack, Claudia Rankins, Patrice McDermott

Winter, K. and Bramberger, A., (Eds.) United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing, 2021

Chapter: Research Collaboratives and Online Learning

Handbook of Online Learning in Higher Education

Orlando Taylor, Katherine McGraw

Rudestam, K., Schoenholtz-Read, J. and Snowden, M., (Eds.) Santa Barbara: Fielding University Press, 2021

Chapter: Future Faculty for the Nation’s Black Colleges and Universities: Challenges and a Model for Intervention

How Black Colleges Empower Black Students

Orlando Taylor

Hale, F. (Ed.) Stylus, 2006

Chapter: Preparing a Diverse Faculty for the America of Tomorrow

University Teaching: A Reference for Graduate Students and Faculty

Orlando Taylor, Kimarie Engerman

Tice, S., Jackson, N., Lambert, L. and Englot, Peter, (Eds.) Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005

Chapter: High Attrition in Doctoral Education: Is It Inevitable?

On Becoming a Productive University: Strategies for Reducing Costs and Increasing Quality in Higher Education

Orlando Taylor, Terrolyn P. Carter

Groccia, J. and Miller, J. (Eds.) Boston: Anker, 2005

Chapter: Differences and Communication Disorders

Human Communication Disorders

Orlando Taylor, Kay T. Payne

Shames, G., Wiig, E., and Secord, W. (Eds.) MacMillan and Company, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2005

Chapter: Communication in a Multicultural Society

Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Orlando Taylor

Minifie, F. (Ed.) San Diego: Singular Press, 1994

Chapter: Language Differences

Human Communication Disorders: An Introduction

Orlando Taylor

G. Shames and E. Wiig (Eds.) Columbus: Charles Merrill, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993

Chapter: Teaching Standard English as a Second Dialect

Treatment of Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Orlando Taylor

O. Taylor (Ed.) San Diego: College Hill Press, 1986

Chapter: Issues, Historical Perspectives and Conceptual Framework

Treatment of Communication Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Orlando Taylor

O. Taylor (Ed.) San Diego: College Hill Press, 1986

Chapter: Language Behaviors and Disorders Associated with Brain Damage

Current Trends in Linguistics, Vol. 12

Orlando Taylor, Joseph Fox

T. Sebeok (Ed.) The Hague: Mouton, 1974

Edited Journal: Learning Communities and the Higher Education of African Americans

The Journal of Negro Education, Special Issue

Guest Editors: Orlando Taylor and Kimberley E. Freeman Summer 2008

Edited Journal: Leadership to Broadening Participation in STEM

The Journal of Negro Education, Special Issue

Guest Editors: Orlando Taylor, Francine Campone and Nicole Moreland 2021

Published Paper: Diversifying the Faculty

Peer Review

Orlando Taylor, Cheryl Apprey, George Hill, Loretta McGrann and Jianping Wang

Summer 2010

Published Paper: The Effects of Learning Communities on Academic Achievement in STEM Fields for African Americans across Four Campuses

The Journal of Negro Education

Orlando Taylor, Jill McGowan and Sharon Alston