Author highlights Briar Cliff professor’s teaching methods in new book

Sioux City, IA – Briar Cliff assistant professor of English Patricia Taylor has been featured in the book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching” by Josh Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University.

The book is based on research in effective teaching and learning in a higher education setting, featuring interviews and observations of college instructors across the country, including Taylor.

“I have known Patricia for about 15 years, and she is one of the most amazing educators I’ve had the privilege of working with,” Eyler says.

Taylor started at Briar Cliff in 2016 teaching composition and British literature courses.

“I’m very honored that Dr. Eyler included some of my teaching strategies in his book,” Taylor says. “In every one of my classes I try to help students see the value of taking intellectual risks that might not always pay off immediately, but can still be the first step in learning whatever new skill or content that they’re trying to master.”

Taylor received her bachelor’s in English from Biola University and master’s in English and Doctorate in Renaissance Literature from the University of Connecticut. She was awarded the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s writing and communication program where she also received a Pedagogical Excellence Award for her outstanding instruction.



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