Scholar.  Researcher.  Writer.

 

DR. TONIESHA L. TAYLOR BIO

SCHOLAR. RESEARCHER. WRITER

One of my favorite quotes from author and scholar Zora Neale Hurston is, "research is formalized curiosity". I have always been curious. I love asking and answering questions. Some of the questions I'm asking are "How are Black women engaging womanist rhetoric and social justice?" "How are Digital Humanities and Afrofuturism linked?" "Do people really try to live without coffee?"

 

ACADEMIC CAREER

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

A boundless curiosity and passion for teaching has been the impetus for active engagement throughout my career. Here is a snapshot of my background and experience.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

AUGUST 2019 - PRESENT

Communication Studies Department, School of Communication, Texas Southern University

As department chair, I work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure the best possible learning environment in TigerLand. I led the 20 person faculty in an undergraduate degree redesign that will allow students both flexibility and options to tailor their learning experience to the 21st-century careers they seek. Our students graduate students place with top employers in Harris county and around the world. Many continue to study with top universities throughout the country. 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

JUNE 2015 - AUGUST 2019

Department of Languages and Communication - Prairie View A&M University

As an associate professor, I completed and published research in the areas of Womanist Rhetoric, Digital Humanities, and Communication pedagogy. I was a co-PI on a major digital humanities grant that sought to partner with colleagues to fund startup grants for their DH projects.

INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD

AUGUST 2014 - JANUARY 2016

Department of Languages and Communication - Prairie View A&M University


Interim Department Head for the Department of Languages and Communication engages students, works with faculty and staff and manages facilities and budgets. The department includes 300 students and 35 faculty learning and teaching in two major programs in Communication and English as well as two minor programs in Humanities and Spanish. We teach courses in Arabic, Communication, Chinese, English, Humanities and Spanish.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

AUGUST 2009 - MAY 2015

Department of Languages and Communication - Prairie View A&M University


I develop course content that meets and extends the learning objectives outlined by the department and the University for lower division, core and upper division courses for majors and non-majors. As an assistant professor I've developed and implemented courses as part of the degree, core, and curriculum redesign. I've also lead study about trips and undergraduate research projects which led to students obtaining career, graduate school and internship placement around the world.

 
 

JULY 2019 (ONLINE MAY 2019)

“WORLD MAKING OR WORLD BREAKING?: A BLACK WOMANIST PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRISES IN HIGHER EDUCATION.” COMMUNICATION EDUCATION 68, NO. 3 (JULY 3, 2019): 381–85. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1080/03634523.2019.1607884.

APRIL 2019

“DEAR NICE WHITE LADIES, A WOMANIST RESPONSE TO INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE.” WOMEN AND LANGUAGE 42, NO. 1 (SPRING 2019): 187–90. DOI:10.34036/WL.2019.022.

JULY 13, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON SANDRA BLAND ON THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

2016

Audience

TEACHING

SHORT LIST OF COURSES

SC 230 URBAN RHETORICAL PATTERNS

This course centers on rhetorical patterns used in American social movements and urban rhetoric. There is a focus on social media platforms and their uses for social organizing and social movements.

COMM 4513 RHETORICAL CRITICISM

This course involves the study of important decisions in rhetorical criticism with the emphasis on the analysis of standards and methods of evaluation. The course covers classic and contemporary theories and methods by scholars in rhetorical criticism including Philip Wander, Eric King Watts, Amber Johnson and Thomas Nakayama.

COMM 4503 MEDIA CRITICISM

This course involves the study of Media in all of its forms. Students will learn to apply theory and qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze traditional (print, film and broadcast) and new media (social media, digital text, GIFs).

COMM 4543 ADVANCED WRITING FOR THE DISCIPLINE

This syllabus is for a course that teaches advanced research writing and design in communication studies to undergraduate students, including social justice frameworks and digital humanities methods as they apply to communication research.

 

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