Dr. Jacqueline S. Taylor

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor serves as Leadership Coach and Teaching & Learning Coach at Achieving the Dream. In this role, Jacqueline coaches and works intentionally with a variety of ATD network community colleges serving a diversity of students, allowing her to focus on leadership, teaching and learning excellence, professional development/learning, and the diversity, equity, inclusion and justice work that transforms students’ lives, the lives of their families, and the communities served.

Prior to joining ATD, Jacqueline served as Associate Vice President of Retention & Student Success and Title III Project Director for the $2.18M “Inclusive Design for Equity in Academic Success (IDEAS)” DOE Grant at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis, TN, designing and implementing a professional learning model for Equity & Inclusion Practitioners. This work helped to lead the College to ATD Leader College Status in 2019-20, achieving transformational gains in holistic supports effectiveness, access, retention, and completion within 3.5 years of beginning her ATD College Leadership as Core Team member, Student Supports Chair, Equity & Inclusion Chair, Student Success Council Co-Chair, and as President’s Cabinet member.  Prior to serving at Southwest, Jacqueline served on the President’s Council and as Assistant Dean of Students at Union University, Jackson, TN for a decade with a focus on retention, academic support, and minority student success. She also spent nearly 15 years in life calling and career development, promoting social, racial, and economic justice in career employment. Jacqueline’s faculty teaching experience has focused on culturally responsive course/curriculum design, yielding over 90% retention to the College. Her collaborative leadership in the four-year college space yielded a 60%, 4-year graduation rate, a 92% retention rate and a 93% employment success rate within 6-months of graduation for new graduates.

Jacqueline has presented nationally for Achieving the Dream, most recently serving as plenary speaker/panelist for Dream 2021 Teaching & Learning Excellence and Spotlight Session presenter/ panelist for the Equity in Teaching & Learning Conference on the Critical Role of Professional Learning in Advancing Equity. Her grant writing and development expertise has garnered over $3M in grants for community college advancement in high-poverty communities.

Jacqueline is a recent graduate of the Tennessee Higher Education Innovation & Leadership Fellows Program 2020 Inaugural Cohort for Enterprise Leadership and a President’s Roundtable, Lakin Institute Fellow ’17 graduate. She holds an earned doctorate in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration; a Master of Arts in Education; and a BA in English from Union University.

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