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Heather Taylor
Heather A. Taylor

Associate Professor of English

McCann Learning Center

Cramblet Hall, Room 201E


I grew up in rural southeastern Ohio and was the first in my family to attend college. In my role as Director of the McCann Learning Center, I oversee a number of programs (including tutoring and academic accommodations) and meet with students one-on-one to discuss their academic skills and plans.

I worked as a tutor and a note taker while I was a student at Bethany and that is what introduced me to the world of disability services. I love helping students to address their weaker areas while honing their strengths and becoming better self-advocates.

M.F.A., Wilkes University (2014)
M.A., Wilkes University (2013)
B.A., Bethany College (2005)

Areas of Passion & Research
I’m currently working in areas of student success, retention, and first-generation college students.

Personal Interests
Reading. Writing. Watching good stories unfold on TV or in the movies. Sports enthusiast. Experimenting with new recipes.

Favorite Quote, Book, or Movie … Why?
“Some people say, save yourself and you save your life. I say, be yourself and you save your soul.” — Alice Hoffman, “Incantation”

I think it’s important to know who you are and to be unapologetically yourself. Life isn’t about making other people happy — it’s about following your dreams.

Fun Facts

  • ACT’s 2019 West Virginia Postsecondary College and Career Readiness Champion
  • Six-time winner of the Bison Backer Award. (The award is now named the Heather Taylor Bison Backer Award.)

Volunteer Work

  • Beta Theta Pi—Psi Chapter Advisor.
  • On-campus program coordinator for The Neighborhood Academy summer experience visit.