Charles Taylor, Ph.D.

Charles Taylor, Ph.D.Professor of Communication

Office:  Burnham 200
Phone: (417) 873-7391

Dr. Taylor has been a member of the Drury faculty since 1997, having previously served as Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.  As a member of Drury's Department of Communication, he has taught rhetorical criticism, public speaking, communication theory, senior seminar, and persuasion.  He also regularly teaches CORE 101 in the university's general education curriculum.  He is the author of Defining Science:  A Rhetoric of Demarcation, as well as numerous articles, chapters, and invited reviews on the rhetoric of science.

B.A., The College of the Ozarks, 1985
M.A., Speech Communication, University of Illinois-Champaign, 1987
Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990

Drury University faculty member since 1997
Professor since 2005

Representative Research and Publications:

Taylor, C. A. (1996).  Defining Science:  A Rhetoric of Demarcation.  Madison, WI:  University of Wisconsin Press.

Taylor, C. A. (1996).  Theorizing practice and practicing theory:  Toward a constructive analysis of scientific rhetorics.  Communication Theory, 6, 374-388.

Taylor, C. A.  (1994).  Science as cultural practice:  A rhetorical perspective.  Technical Communication Quarterly, 3, 67-82.


  • Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award of the National Communication for Scholarship in Rhetoric
  • Finalist, National Communication Association's Award for Most Outstanding Rhetorical Studies Scholar
  • Drury University Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Drury Student Senate's Outstanding Faculty Member Award