Dr. Taylor is professor emerita of communication and a member of the women’s studies faculty at George Mason University. She has coached debate and taught at the university level for more than 40 years, and has been at Mason since 1979. In 1991 she received the Speech Communication Association’s first Francine Merit award for being the woman who had most contributed to the improvement of the professional lives of women in the profession and the association. In 1996 she was named Communicator of the Year by the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences; in 2000 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the National Communication Association; and in 2002 was selected as the inaugural Feminist Teacher/Mentor by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender.
Widely known as a speaker and workshop leader in communication, Dr. Taylor has focused her study on speaking in public, conflict management and problem solving in groups, and the role of gender in communication. She has written many articles and a popular communication textbook, Communicating, and with linguist M. J. Hardman at the University of Florida developed “Gender and Language: Making the Invisible Visible,” web based teaching and learning materials about language and gender. She has also written two editions of Speaking in Public, edited the books, Gender and Conflict, Hearing Many Voices, and Women as Communicators: Studies of Women’s Talk. For 20 years she was primary editor of a self-supporting research periodical, Women and Language.