Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor
I teach at Taylor mainly because I desire to advance the mission and purposes of the institution with like-minded colleagues who are committed to the holistic development and graduation of the next generation of Christian leaders. These students are equipped with a Christian liberal arts education as well as a depth of knowledge and skills in their major fields. Also, I've witnessed, over my 23 years of service, the deep commitment of the members of the Board of Trustees to sustain Taylor’s Christ-centered mission and distinctive “community spirit” in ways that advance our learning, living and serving university of scholarship and faith.
My interests include a wide-range of vocal and instrumental music genres, domestic and international travel that includes stops at lighthouses along the way. Sports, reading, gardening and landscaping also provides opportunities for renewal and enjoyment. My golf game is pretty sad but I really enjoy the fellowship with friends that are shared on these occasions. As faculty members, we have multiple opportunities to interact with terrific students both inside and outside the classroom. Also, we've been blessed with a special family and my wife and I enjoy regular visits to Colorado Springs and Indianapolis where we enjoy being involved in the lives and activities of our four grandchildren.
Major career accomplishments
Dr. Steve Bedi joined the Higher Education Department faculty, full-time, in January 2013. However, he has been associated with the MA in HE Program since it was established in 2005 and has supervised graduate assistants, internships, and theses. This is his 23rd year of employment at Taylor University where he has served in various teaching and administrative roles, including: faculty member, department chair, director of teacher education, associate dean of education, associate vice-president for academic affairs, academic dean, vice-president for administration and planning, and nine years as provost. Prior to his appointment at TU, Dr. Bedi served for 26 years as a public school teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school administrator in Montgomery County, MD.
Aside from his executive leadership roles within higher education, Dr. Bedi directed the Head Start Basic Skills national demonstration project with the Administration for Children, Youth and Families within the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare and also served as an evaluator for the US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools Program. As associate professorial lecturer he taught graduate courses at The George Washington and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Dr. Bedi holds degrees from Taylor University, the University of Maryland, and earned his EdD at The George Washington University. His scholarship and teaching focus includes leadership and organizational development, strategic planning and assessment, quality improvement and accreditation, and faculty development. In 2012 the Taylor University Board of Trustees named the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in his honor. Steve and his wife Phyllis reside in Upland, IN and are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie. The Bedi's have 2 married daughters and 4 “delightful” grandchildren.