Dr. James A. Taylor
Isabel Herson/Casino Royal Endowed Professor
Office 234 Stewart Hall
Dr. James A. Taylor, Sr., is the Isabel Herson/Casino Royal Endowed Professor in Education in the College of Education, Arts & Humanities, serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Education and as Associate Chair of the Educational Leadership program at Southern University at Baton Rouge. Dr. Taylor has more than forty-five years experience in education. His experience includes thirty years in the St. Charles Parish Public Schools where he served as high school music teacher, principal, director of evaluation, research, and development, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, in-house legal counsel, and director of middle schools. During this time he guided the development of one of the most comprehensive music education programs and model middle school programs in the state with music offerings in every school from kindergarten to high school and a staff of more than thirty full-time music teachers at the time of his retirement in 1998. His work with middle schools was recognized nationally and internationally. His university teaching positions, since 1984, include graduate faculty adjunct appointments at Nicholls State University and Southeastern Louisiana University, undergraduate full-time teaching at Dillard University, full-time graduate teaching at Southern University at New Orleans and serving as department head of Curriculum and Instruction at Southern University at Baton Rouge. In 2010 he assumed the position of Assistant Dean of the College of Education and added duties as Chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership in 2012. He has completed fifteenth year as a fulltime faculty in HBCU's. He also serves as one of the six members of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Chancellor.
He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Tulane University, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans, and the Juris Doctor degree in Civil Law from Loyola University of the South. His professional music experience includes nineteen years as associate conductor of the Concert Choir of New Orleans, then the official choir of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, and thirty-seven years of church music experience in United Methodist churches, his last fifteen years as music director at First United Methodist Church of New Orleans. His music curriculum writing experience spans over thirty years beginning with editing the Career Education Music Curriculum Guides of the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) in 1973. He completed work as the chair, editor, of the LDE Model Lessons in the Arts, of the middle school music curriculum writing committee, in compliance with the requirements of La. Rev. Stat. 17: 24.4. Additionally he has served as peer reviewer for other Louisiana Department of Education curriculum bulletins since 1973.
Dr. Taylor serves the legal community in various capacities including being the lawyer member of Hearing Committee Two of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. He was recently appointed to a second three-year term on that Committee. His community service has included appointments to various committees and boards during his residency in New Orleans. He has served his Masonic lodge in various capacities including serving as Master and Past Master. He served as state president, 2010-2012, of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association and now serves on the Board as immediate Past President.
Dr. Taylor is married to the former Myrna Williams. They have one son, James A. Taylor, Jr., M.D., and one grand child, Jolan Elizabeth Taylor. He holds numerous awards for civic involvement, has been active in United Methodist Churches in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and has been active in the charitable work of the Masonic Lodge wherein he is a Past Master. He and his wife lived in New Orleans for 37 years, moving to Baton Rouge in August, 2005, after the flooding of the city.