Donna Downs

Department Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Communication
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Donna Downs

Department Co-Chair & Associate Professor of Communication


  • EdD, Adult, Community, and Higher Education - Journalism, Ball State University (2005)
  • MA, English and Communication, Ball State University (1988)
  • BA, English and Speech Communication, Indiana University - Bloomington (1980)


Advice to Incoming Freshmen

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.

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.


Writing, reading, spending time with family and friends, photography, and 70s music

Major Career Accomplishments

I have taught in higher education for more than 21 years in a combination of adjunct and full time positions in the area of communication. For five years, I led the public relations department at Taylor University, overseeing the alumni magazine, the website, media relations, summer conferences and special events, as well as community relations. I’ve served on several community boards and now serve with REST Ministries in Martinsville, Indiana.

I recently finished a short, unpublished fiction book, The Auction, that I hope to sell on Amazon as an ebook soon.