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Faculty Profiles

Taylor, Robert

Associate Dean and Head, School of Arts and Communication Professor of History, School of Arts and Communication

Personal Overview

Dr. Taylor is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Humanities Council.

He is also President Emeritus of the Florida Historical Society,an advisory board member for H-Florida, and serves as a board official in the Selective Service System. He resides in Palm Bay and St. Simons Island,Georgia with his wife Virginia and a house full of pets.

Educational Background

B.A.    University of South Florida 1983
M.A.    University of South Florida 1985
Ph.D.  Florida State University 1991

Recognition & Awards

Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003-2004

Florida Tech Alumni Association Award, 2009

U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute, Military History Instructor Course, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, 2013

Faculty member, "March To Victory: D-Day to Eagle's Nest" World War II European Tour, 2014

Current Courses

HUM 3331 American History: Pre-Columbian to the Civil War

HUM 2085 Critical Approaches: American Military History

HUM 3385 Special Topics in History: The American Civil War

HUM 3385 Special Topics in History: The History of the Space Age

HUM 3385 Special Topics in History: The History of Florida


Professional Experience

Dr. Taylor is the current Associate Dean and Head, School of Arts and Communication. He has taught at Indian River State College, University of Saint Francis, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University and the University of South Alabama.

Additional Duties

Advisor, Humanities

Advisor, Humanities (Pre-Law Option)

Member, University Promotion Committee

Member, Academic Affairs Council

Writer In Residence, Florida Tech Creative Writing Institute

Current Research

- Experience of common soldiers in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War

- Evolution of American military leadership during the early 19th century

- The impact of the Civil War and World War II in the state of Florida

-The role of Navy "frogmen" in the D-Day invasion.

-The political career of Governor Dan McCarty

-John F. Kennedy and Florida

Selected Publications

(co-author) "Florida: A Military History" (Westholm Press, forthcoming)

"Florida Goes to War." Florida Humanities Council Forum. Vol. 43, No. 1 (2010), 5-9

"Cat on a Cold Steel Dive Plane."
Naval History. Vol. 24, No. 1 (2010), 40-43

(contributor) 2008.
Women in the American Civil War.
Lisa T. Frank ed. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO

(co-editor) 2006. This War So Horrible: The Civil War Diary of Hiram Smith Williams, 40th Alabama Confederate Pioneer. Paperback edition, University of Alabama Press.

2005. Florida: An Illustated History
Hippocrene Press.

(co-author) 2001. Florida In The Civil War (Civil War History Series). Arcadia Press.

(co-editor) 2000. This Cruel War: The Civil War Letters of Grand and Malinda Taylor. Mercer University Press.