John Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of German
Instructor of Business
Faculty Advisor, Enactus
Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
B.A., Drury College, 1997
M.A., Georgetown University, 1999
M.B.A., Missouri State University, 2008
Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2003
Drury University faculty member since 2001
Associate Professor since 2007
Capstone Business Simulation, Principles of Accounting (summer), and Financial Statement & Decision Analysis (summer), CORE-101, Introduction to European Studies, German language course.
Bio of Your Career
I started teaching at Drury in 2001 as an assistant professor in German and global studies; a few years later, I earned an MBA and began to teach in the Breech School, as well. I graduated from Drury in 1997 with a BA in German Literature; Georgetown in 2001 with an MA in German and European Studies; Georgetown in 2003 with a Ph. D in German Linguistics; and 2008 with an MBA from Missouri State University. I enjoy studying intercultural communication in business and am working on a book on evil in leadership.
How does the Breech School of Business prepare students for their professional career?
Simply put, Breech prepares students through a rigorous curriculum and a variety of extracurricular opportunities. In my experience, the most rewarding experiences (outside the classroom) are study abroad and active participation in organizations: Both offer students the chance to gain insights about themselves that inevitably play a valuable role later in their careers.
What sets Breech apart from other business schools?
I’d put the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of our faculty up against that of any comparably-sized business school any day.
Do you have any favorite memories inside the Breech building?
Working with the Enactus team (formerly SIFE) at 2:30 in the morning during the week of Nationals is pretty hard to forget…
What advice would you offer to a new student beginning their course of study in the Breech School of Business?
Get involved in at least one group or organization. Get yourself abroad to a place that makes you kind of nervous. Get good grades, but don’t lose sight of the entirety that college life has to offer.