Name: John Taylor
Title: Associate Professor of German
Special Instructor, Business
Faculty Advisor, Enactus
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.