Dr. Donna Downs
Department Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Communication
Office Location: Rupp 235
Phone: (765) 998-4927
Specialties: advising, journalistic writing, mcm new majors orientation, public relations writing & campaigns, senior portfolio development
EdD, Adult, Community and Higher Education with a cognate in Journalism, Ball State University, 2005. MA, English and Communication, Ball State University, Muncie, 1988 BA, English and Speech Communication, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1980
Why I came to Taylor:
I came to Taylor as an adjunct professor in 1987 and quickly grew to love its mission, its students, its values. As I’ve aged, Taylor has become a dedicated friend, more precious than gold. Students revitalize campus each fall. Watching frightened freshmen grow into settled seniors, ready to meet the world, is both gratifying and humbling. So many of my life’s pages are full of paragraphs written by those who have entered my door, sat in my office, cried with me, laughed with me and learned with me.
Advice to incoming students:
As you leave home, don’t forget your roots. Whether life before college was great or greatly difficult, you can draw myriad lessons from your upbringing.
When you come to college, don’t forget to save some time for just you and God. So many events, fun activities, and responsibilities will challenge you to give up this important time of growth and learning.
Determine your life mission statement and make decisions correlating to it. Helpful read to formulate mission statement: The Path by Laurie Beth Jones.
Writing, reading, spending time with family and friends, photography, 70s music