Matthew Taylor

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Matthew Taylor is Senior Associate Provost for Strategic and Educational Initiatives (OSEI) at Rice
University. From 2010 to 2016, Taylor held the dual role of Associate Vice Provost for Academic
Affairs and Associate Dean of Undergraduates. Taylor’s multiple appointments reflect his responsibility
for leading the development, implementation, and coordination of academic initiatives that span the
undergraduate program.

In his current role, Taylor delivers strategic integration and coordination across schools, academic
support offices, and central administration to advance the university’s strategic priorities, with a
particular focus on undergraduate education. Current efforts of OSEI include leading the implementation of
the recommendations of the Provost’s Task Force for Student Success; facilitating articulation of learning
outcomes for undergraduates; developing and managing equity and
access-oriented partnerships with community colleges; and, developing and coordinating efforts to scale
undergraduate research opportunities and expanding equitable access to and participation in research,
civic engagement, and global engagement.

Taylor established and served as the founding director of several programs and offices, including the
Program in Writing and Communication, the Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP), the Office of
Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI), the Take Flight STEM Pathway program, and the Health,
Humanism, and Society Scholars Program, a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. He has chaired
a variety of prominent committees and projects, including the Rice Common Reading Program, the
Alcohol Policy Advisory Committee, the University Working Group on Title IX and Sexual Violence
Prevention, and the President’s Committee on Investor Responsibility, among many others. Programs
led by Taylor have received funding from the National Science Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Doris
Duke Foundation, Chao Foundation, and Alkek Foundation, among others.

A noted expert on residential college systems, Taylor played a leading role in the design, construction,
and opening of McMurtry College and Duncan College at Rice, and he has advised universities across the
nation on best practices for creating residential colleges. Taylor continues to represent the Provost’s
Office on select capital projects and planning initiatives.

An expert in U.S. diplomatic history, especially the history of the Cold War and Vietnam War, Dr. Taylor
began his career at Rice in 1992 as a faculty member in the Department of History. He has won
numerous awards for teaching and service at Rice, including the Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary
Service, Student Association Mentor Award, Class of 1996 Award for distinguished teaching and service,
and Brown College Award for Outstanding Teaching.

From 1997 to 2004, Taylor served as Dean of Campus Life and professor of history at Pomona College.
He returned to Rice in 2005.

Research Areas

Educational access and equity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds; college transition and success in STEM; U.S. military and diplomatic strategy during the Cold War; sexual assault education and prevention on college campuses.


Ph.D. in History, Rice University

Master of Arts in History, Rice University

Bachelor of Arts in History, Southern Methodist University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Southern Methodist University

Teaching Areas

United States 1945-present

Honors & Awards

2019, Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary Service

2010 & 1996, Student Association Mentor Award

1996, Class of 1996 Award for distinguished faculty service

1992-1996, Brown College Award for Outstanding Teaching


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