Section Identifier



Heather A. Taylor

Associate Professor of English

Cramblet Hall, 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 ‚Äî 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.