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John Taylor, Ph.D.

John Taylor

Associate Professor of German
Instructor of Business
Faculty Advisor, Enactus
Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Phone: (417) 873-6356
Office: SFH 203
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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

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Courses Taught

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.