BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 29, 2008 – Charles L. Taylor, professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, recently received the university's 2008 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.
Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to recognize Virginia Tech faculty who have been particularly dedicated and effective in the advising of undergraduate students. Recipients may be nominated by university faculty or students, are selected by a committee of former award winners, and are awarded a $2,000 cash prize.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1970, Taylor has served as director of graduate studies, department chair and, since 1996, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Political Science. Since 1996, and until very recently, he served as the formal faculty advisor for all undergraduate political science major — who number close to 700 students.
“Charles’ diligence and continuing enthusiasm make handling this load possible,” said Karen Hult, professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science. His caring attitude, approachability, and commitment to students enrich their experiences in the major and at Virginia Tech.”
Taylor’s commitment to students extends outside the department. He has been a member of the college and university undergraduate curriculum and advising committees. He also contributes to the University Honors Program, teaching undergraduate political science courses, supervising honors theses, and serving on the award committees such as those for the Truman Scholarship.
Taylor received his bachelor’s degree from Carson Newman College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University.