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Laura McClelland

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Laura McClelland

Assistant Professor of Psychology


  • PhD, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clemson University (2007)
  • MA, Applied Psychology—Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clemson University (2004)
  • BS, Psychology, Iowa State University (2001)


Advice to Incoming Freshmen

Embrace all the opportunities and experiences you can, as the time will go by quickly! Participate in activities that are new to you so you can learn more about yourself, your strengths, and your interests.

Why I Came to Taylor

I came to Taylor through God’s guidance, as I kept feeling Him nudging me to move into a Christian teaching/learning environment. I am so excited to be here, teaching and building relationships with students and coworkers, while I am continually learning and growing!


I enjoy various activities such as spending time with friends and family, fellowship, volunteering my time with church activities, continually learning how to become a better disciple for God, making jewelry, state fairs, any card game, board games, cooking, and baking. I also enjoy just about anything outdoors, such as walking, running, gardening, ultimate Frisbee, and golfing.

Major Career Accomplishments

My first position out of graduate school was with a consulting firm where I worked with clients to put job-related, legally defensible hiring systems in place. Through this experience I was able to learn and experience the real world application of my field, growing in my knowledge. After a few years, I was led back to teaching (which I had done in graduate school), where I have primarily enjoyed interacting with, influencing, and building relationships with students. Over the years, I have presented and published research on various topics and am looking forward to continuing that at Taylor University.