Department of History & Political Science

Dr. Carolyn Anne Taylor

Dr. Carolyn Anne Taylor

Baird Hall, Room 219G

Academic Sponsorship:
The Washington Center Internship Program
Brad Henry International Scholars Program
Co-Coach RSU Mind Games Academic Team



Ed.D., Political Science/Higher Education
Oklahoma State University

M.A., Political Science
University of Oklahoma

B.A., History
University of Oklahoma

Professional Experience

2011-Present, Professor
1992-2011, Associate Professor
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

1984-1992, : State Legislator
Oklahoma House of Representatives

1979-1984, Faculty
Norman High School, Norman, OK

Leadership Experience

Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1984-1992

  • Chair, Education Committee
  • Chair, Education Subcommittee, Appropriations and Budget Committee (responsible for approximately two billion dollar budget)
  • Principal Author, legislation establishing: scholarship and endowed chair programs and funding for higher education, training and standards for Boards of Regents, K-12 education reforms and funding, funding for the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, a family leave policy for state employees, a statewide prenatal care program, environmental and geography education  programs, the Carl Albert Internship Program in state government, Sooner Start (collaborative multi-agency early intervention programs for children with disabilities), and many others.

Legislative Committees

Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1984-1992

  • Appropriations and Budget (Education subcommittee chair)
  • Education (Chair)
  • Economic Development
  • Mental Health

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Political Science, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, 1996-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK, 1991
  • Visiting Professor, Political Science/History, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 1990

Administrative Experience

  • Regents Education Program Advisory Committee, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 2002-2004
  • NCA Coordinator, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, 1999-2001
  • V.P. Academic Affairs/Executive Vice President, University Center at Tulsa/Rogers University, Tulsa, OK, 1992-1998
  • Council on Instruction, Member, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 1992-1998

University Committees & Service

  • Faculty sponsor, Brad Henry International Scholars Program, present
  • Co-Coach, RSU Mind Games Academic Team, present
  • Faculty sponsor, President’s Leadership Class, present
  • Faculty liaison with The Washington Center, present
  • Strategic Planning Committee, present
  • Marketing Committee, 2005
  • Strategic Planning Committee (Chair), 1999
  • Academic Policies Committee (Chair), 2001-2005
  • Academic Integrity Committee, 2001 
  • NCA Committee (Chair), 1999-2001, Self Study Editor-2004
  • Assessment Committee, 1999-2000
  • Mission and Program Planning Committee, 1999-2000

Social & Behavioral Science Department Committees

  • Curriculum, 2007-present
  • Scholarship, 2000-2003

Administrative Search Committees

  • Administrative Assistant, Department of History & Political Sciences, 2012
  • Director, Institutional Research - 2002
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs - 2002
  • Food Service Manager - 2001
  • Vice President of Business Affairs – 2000
  • Dean, Continuing Education and Community College Relations – 2000 

 Faculty Search Committees

  • Public Administration - 2008
  • Justice Administration - 2004
  • English - 2002
  • English – 2001
  • History/Political Science – 2001
  • Political Science – 2000
  • Criminal Justice – 2000
  • Sociology – 2000

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Construction Manager Selection Committee, 2005
  • Architectural Selection Committee, Chair, 2005
  • Kiddie Kollege Advisory Board, 2004
  • Planning Committee, Performing Arts Center, 2002-2003
  • Planning Committee, communications facility proposal submitted to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Spring, 2001
  • Athletic Feasibility Study Committee – 2000-2001

Recent Workshops & Conferences Attended

  • Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival, Fall 2007
  • American Democracy Project, Summer 2007
  • Surrey International Writers Conference, Fall 2005
  • Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, Fall 2005
  • The Higher Learning Commission, NCA Regional Forum, Columbus, Ohio, Fall 2002
  • "Improving First-Year Student Learning, Success and Retention” by Dr. John N. Gardner, RSU, Fall, 2001
  • Center for Active Learning Teaching Enhancement Series, RSU, Spring, 2001
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Conference, Fall, 2000, 2001, 2005
  • The Higher Learning Commission, NCA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-2001, 2003, 2004

Professional & Public Presentations

  • Guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. David Tait), Fall 2011
  • Invited panelist/speaker, Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival, Fall 2007
  • Invited panelist/speaker, Oklahoma Red Dirt Book Festival, Fall 2005
  • Chaired panel at Oklahoma Political Science Association annual meeting, Fall 2005
  • Workshop presenter on self-study, Higher Learning Commission, NCA annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Spring 2004
  • Guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. David Tait), Spring 2004
  • Book review, "Waltzing with the Ghost of Tom Joad” by Robert Maril, RSU Library, Fall 2001
  • Guest participant, Cultural Ecology (Dr. Frank Elwell), Spring 2001
  • Presenter, The Higher Learning Commission, NCA annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, Spring 2001
  • Conducted workshop on parliamentary procedure for RSU student government officers, Spring 2001
  • Book review, "The Running Mate” by Joe Klein, RSU Library, Spring 2001
  • Guest lecturer, Oklahoma History (Dr. David Tait), Fall 2000
  • Guest lecturer, Perspectives in Human Behavior (Dr. Abe Marrero), Fall 2000
  • Panelist, The College Board, national conference, New York City, New York, Fall 1986
  • Numerous presentations, invited panelist, keynote speaker for various civic, educational and political conferences and meetings, 1985-1992

Publications & Research


  • Fantasy Media in the Classroom, chapter, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.
  • Voices from the Heartland, University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. Finalist, 2008 Oklahoma Book Award.
  • The Truth of Buffy: Essays on Fiction Illuminating Reality, McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2008.


  • "A Letter to America”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2008
  • "Party Wars”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2006
  • "Born to Run”, book review, Oklahoma Politics, 2005.
  • "An Oklahoma Partnership: Higher Education and Economic Development,” Oklahoma Politics, 2001.


  • "The Planning and Implementation of an Inclusive and Meaningful Self Study”, Collection of Papers, Higher Learning Commission, April 2004.   
  • "Serving the Common Good”, Collection of Papers, Higher Learning Commission, April, 2001

Major Reports  (coordinator/principal writer)

  • RSU Strategic Plan Status Report - 2004
  • RSU NCA Self-Study - 2004
  • RSU Self-Study AA Secondary Education, program review, 2002
  • RSU NCA Self-Study and Request for Institutional Change – 2000
  • RSU Strategic Plan - 1999
  • RSU Institutional Development Plan – 1999

Current Activities

  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Board Member and Selection Committee, member
  • Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Board of Visitors
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association, member
  • Oklahoma Historical Society, member
  • Claremore Public Schools Business and Education Coalition, member

Recent Activities

  • Arvest Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
  • Central Upper Elementary School, PTO President
  • Claremore Regional Hospital Women’s Advisory Committee
  • Tulsa Philharmonic, Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, Board of Directors
  • Tulsa Education Fund, Board of Trustees
  • Growing Healthy, Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma Arts Institute, Board of Directors
  • League of Women Voters, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Professional Awards & Honors

  • The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year, Fifty Making a Difference, 2008
  • Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, 2008
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, 2007
  • Nominated "Professor of the Year" by RSU's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, 2003
  • Child Advocates Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, 2003
  • Pinnacle Award, Tulsa Commission on the Status of Women, 1995
  • Oklahoma Observer, Top Ten Legislators of the Year, 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Oklahoma Women in Education Administration, Award of Merit, 1990
  • Norman Volunteer of the Year, Award of Merit, 1990
  • National School Public Relations Association, Award of Honor, 1990
  • Woman of the Year, Norman Hi-Noon BPW, 1988
  • Friend to Children Award, 1988, (Oklahoma Association of Children Under Six)
  • Oklahoma Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Outstanding Legislator Award, 1988
  • A.C. Hamlin Award, 1988, (Legislative Black Caucus)
  • Profiles in Achievement, Charles M. Holloway, 1987, (featured in book)
  • Leadership Oklahoma, Class I, 1987-1988
  • Edward R. Munnell, M.D., Award (American Lung Association), 1987
  • Citizen Recognition Award, Oklahoma Library Association, 1986
  • Young Career Woman of the Year, Norman Hi-Noon BPW, 1984
  • U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Scholarship, 1984
  • Norman Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Norman Class, 1984
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1984
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary Association)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Honorary Educational Society)