Charles A. Taylor
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dean of the College
Office: (417) 873-7225
Fax: (417) 873-7568

Academic Leadership Team

Charles A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Professor of Communication

Provides primary strategic and operational leadership for all of the university’s academic programs, serves as the senior member of the university’s leadership team, contributes as appropriate to work in enrollment management and resource development and serves as an effective advocate for the university with a variety of internal and external constituents. Oversight of all instructional and faculty affairs of the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Development and evaluation of curricular patterns and teaching methods
  • Enforce policies  and procedures established by the faculty in pursuance of their academic responsibilities
  • Selection, promotion, professional development, tenure, and salary of the faculty/staff responsible for academic services and instruction
  • Appraise the effectiveness of academic counseling  and to devise organization and procedures to improve its effectiveness
  • Determine current and future requirements for the facilities and equipment needed for instructional programs and academic services
  • Coordinate and direct the budget process for academic departments
  • Direct administrators of academic and academic service departments, programs, and services in the performance of their administrative duties

Biographical Information:
Charles Alan Taylor is Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communication at Drury University.  He has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 1997, and assumed his current leadership position in 2006. 

Before joining the Drury University faculty, Taylor served as Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.  He received his Ph.D. (1990) and M.A. (1987) in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.A. from The College of the Ozarks (1985). He is the author of Defining Science: A Rhetoric of Demarcation (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1996), as well as numerous articles, chapters, and invited reviews on the rhetoric of science and public argumentation. He received the Speech Communication Association’s Dissertation of the Year in 1991 and the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award of the National Communication Association for Scholarship in Rhetoric in 1994.  He received the Drury University Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 1999.  His most cherished award, however, was being named faculty member of the year by the Drury University Student Government Association in 1999.

Peter Meidlinger, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs-Undergraduate Studies

Professor of English

Provides key leadership in the development, implementation, staffing, assessment, and oversight of the general education curriculum and works to assure coherence and integrity of students’ general education experience. Collaborates with university grants officer to identify external funding opportunities to support faculty and course development initiatives. Works closely with Community Outreach to strengthen Engaged Learning offerings for students that build partnerships between Drury and the community.

Biographical Information:
Dr. Meidlinger has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 1992 and assumed his current leadership position in 2012. He received his Ph.D. (1994) and M.A. (1985) in English from the University of Iowa and his B.A. from University of Iowa (1981).

Bruce Callen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College

Department Chair and Professor of Physics

Provides key leadership in the development, implementation, assessment, and oversight of the course evaluation process. Collaborates with academic leadership team and faculty to identify to support faculty and course development initiatives. Oversees the Center for Academic Planning and serves as division representative on the Student Intervention and Retention Team.

Biographical Information:
Dr. Callen has been a member of the Drury University faculty since 1991 and assumed his current leadership position in 2007. He received his Ph.D. (1988) in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Carleton College (1981).

Marline Faherty, M. S.
Director of Academic Affairs Support Services

Supports the Division of Academic Affairs by providing management and oversight of various processes pertaining to faculty (i.e. faculty contracts, promotion/tenure, faculty awards, sabbatical leaves, faculty governance, and faculty evaluations), budget, academics, and institutional accreditation. Serves as coordinator for annual faculty salary surveys (i.e. CUPA and AAUP).

Biographical Information:
Ms. Faherty has been a member of the Drury University staff since 2007. She received her M.S. (2006) in administrative studies from Missouri State University and her B.S. from Drury University (2001).

Division Chairs
Amy Lewis, Ph.D. – Social Science Division (Term expires 2016)

Chris Panza, Ph.D. – Humanities Division (Term expires 2017)

Bruce Moore, Ph.D. – Fine Arts Division (Term expires 2017)

Mark Wood, Ph.D. – Science and Math Division (Term expires 2016)