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Dianne C Dawood


Education & Human Services Administration | College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Dianne Crum Taylor is an adjunct professor for the Taylor Leadership Institute at UNF. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Institute team which produces the annual Student Leadership Summit; in her capacity with the Institute, she facilitates the coordination of leadership development opportunities on campus and in the community and mentors student entrepreneurs.


As a result of her passion for educational performing arts while serving as executive director of the nonprofit Theatreworks, she earned a Doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration in arts in education from the University of North Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts in art history and a Master of Arts in public administration from UNF. She earned a postdoctoral Master of Arts Degree in art history from the University of Florida.


Her professional career is rich with leadership and volunteer experiences.  An entrepreneur in court reporting, Dianne launched the for-profit corporation, Dawood & Associates, which served the legal community with three offices in Jacksonville and court reporters available throughout North Florida.

In an effort to expand her outreach to the community, she sold the corporation and returned to UNF to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration. With that knowledge base and skill set, she served as executive director of Theatreworks, a non-profit corporation providing educational touring theatre in North Florida.

With life experiences to share, she returned to UNF and earned her doctorate in educational leadership. The topic of her dissertation study was the value-added benefit of arts magnet high schools. 

She is an adjunct instructor in leadership, resource development and in art history


For the 2013 One Spark Festival, Dianne was named One Of Jacksonville's Most  Creative, the recognition is currently part of a photographic installation mounted in the lobby of the Downtown Library of Jacksonville. At the 2014 One Spark Festival she collaborated with UNF student Sara Gaver to present Sara's Creator Project: Project Closer. She is a coach for TED Talks and was a team member in the TEDxJacksonville day-long event of presenters at WJCT.

At UNF, she is the recipient of the 2013 Values award for Mutual Respect and Civility and 2018-19 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.


Dr. Dawood is a Delta Gamma from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Palatka and was named 2018 Rotarian of the Year. She serves on the boards of Putnam First Cancer Fund, Girls in Focus Together (GIFT) and the Bartram Frolic (each September). She is an active member of the Putnam County Historical Society, St. Johns River State College Girls Can (March each year) and Boys Can Too (November each year) and Revitalize Historic Palatka.

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Dr. Taylor has been awarded two grants from Operation Roundup presented by Clay Electric; one grant serves schools in Putnam County and the other for cancer patients at Putnam First Cancer Fund. In 2018 the FLASCO Foundation awarded a grant written by Dr. Taylor to Putnam First Cancer Fund.

Publications & Presentations

Currently, she is co-authoring with Jacksonville historian, Dr. Wayne Wood, a biography on Charles Adrian Pillars, the Jacksonville sculptor of the Life: Winged Victory monument in Riverside Memorial Park. Her research efforts have been presented to the American Educational Research Association, the Southeast Educational Research Association and the Eastern Educational Research Association.

Contact Information

(904) 620-2520

Office Hours

Monday - Friday