Areas of Expertise
Dr. Dianne Crum Taylor is the Outreach and Services Coordinator 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.
Dr. Dawood is a Delta Gamma from the University of Florida. She is a past member of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, the Women's Professional Network and is an active member of the Jacksonville Historical Society, St. Johns Riverkeeper and Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
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.