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Barbara Bird

Professor of English, Dean of Faculty Development, and Director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning

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  • PhD, Composition and Rhetoric, Ball State University 
  • MA, English, Ball State University
  • BA, English, Taylor University

Career Highlights

  • 7 years in faculty development and 21 years teaching
  • Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award
  • National presentations on teaching excellence frameworks
  • Co-edited "Next Steps and New Directions in Writing About Writing"
  • Article "Basic Writing Course Design" has been cited in 23 articles or books

Featured Scholarship

Next Steps: New Directions for/in Writing About Writing. Utah State University Press, 2019

"A Basic Writing Course Design to Promote Writer Identity: Three Analyses of Student Papers." Journal of Basic Writing, Vol. 32, No. 1, spring 2013, pp. 62-96.

Teaching Excellence Framework

Course Design Template


I love teaching at Taylor because of our unique culture. Taylor’s faculty and student body are both diverse and at the same time, unified. We are diverse since we come from different countries and cultures, have different faith backgrounds and spiritual stories, demonstrate different personalities and passions, and even vote on opposite sides of the aisle. But at the same time, we celebrate our diversity, we celebrate our community which is created by all of us choosing to live and work together under one faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and with one purpose: preparing the next generation for a life of servant-leadership wherever God calls them.


I enjoy summer traveling with my husband in our 5th wheel trailer, running (half and full marathons), visiting Walt Disney World, and staying in Fort Wilderness Campground.