"Well-rounded students with strong high school
records who are
open-minded and intellectually curious will be most successful at CNR."
School of Arts & Sciences
The College of New Rochelle
Dean Taylor, what is your educational background?
I was born and raised in
Germany. At the University of Bonn I studied Spanish and Portuguese
Languages and Literatures because I have always been interested in
foreign languages and cultures.
After my freshman year, I
moved to Salamanca, a medieval university town in Spain, to improve my
Spanish skills. There I met people from all over the world who taught
me the meaning of cultural diversity, self-awareness and
This was an incredibly invigorating experience, and I kind of got
addicted to that experience. After I moved to the United States to
pursue a Master’s degree in Translation Studies at the Graduate Center
of the City University of New York, I had the opportunity to study in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of the CUNY professors who organized the trip
was Johnnetta Cole, who later became the first female president of
Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in
Atlanta. As a person and as a teacher, Johnnetta left such an
impression on me that I decided to translate part of her book All
American Women: Lines that Divide, Ties that Bind into German as part
of my thesis. Once again this experience opened my mind further to
diversity, specifically differences and commonalities among women, both
on a national and a global level.
How long have you been at The College of New Rochelle?
I joined CNR in October of
2003. Before coming here, I taught translation studies and coordinated
the translation certificate program at New York University. I later
worked as the German editor for Guggenheim Museum Publications and also
worked on several language-related artificial intelligence projects at
the IBM Watson Research Center.
How are you involved with undergraduates?
I am pretty much in contact
with our undergraduate students in the School of Arts & Sciences
from the minute they come to campus for their freshman orientation to
the day they graduate at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In
fact, I just “graduated” my first class which I have known since they
came to the College in 2003. It is a very special feeling to see how
our students grow spiritually, intellectually and as a community member
over the course of the four years that they spend with us.
Do you also do some
teaching here at the College?
Since my background is in
translation studies and linguistics, I usually do not get to teach
classes at CNR because we do not offer those programs. However, in
Spring of 2006, I co-taught a French-English translation course with
Dr. Andre Beauzethier. It was such a wonderful experience both for the
students and for Dr. Beauzethier and me because we all learned a lot
from each other. Since French is not one of my strongest languages,
Andre and the students helped me improve my vocabulary. On the other
hand they could learn the translation skills component from me. We also
learned how challenging but ultimately rewarding it can be to discover
and analyze subtle meanings in one language and then transfer those
meanings into another language.
What do you think makes CNR a special college?
location--approximately 20 miles north of Manhattan--offers our
students a whole range of learning experiences in the city. At the same
time, students live and learn in the smaller community of New Rochelle.
They have many opportunities to explore the Long Island Sound and
surrounding nature preserves, opportunities that our science students
especially take full advantage of.
Our close proximity to New
York City also enables us to attract excellent faculty who share their
research interest with those incoming students who qualify for one of
our research scholarships.
Also, at CNR both professors
and administrators know their students by name from the very first day
they come onto campus. We know our student’s strengths and challenges,
and most of all, we are very proud of their accomplishments, whether
they earn national scholarships, present at local or national
conferences, or get accepted into medical or law school. We make sure
our students stay on track academically during the regularly scheduled
advisement periods; we help them find internship opportunities; and we
aid them in identifying study abroad and other out-of classroom
experiences. And more than that, we stay in touch with them long after
they graduate from the College. They are always welcomed home to our
campus, and they know and appreciate that aspect of being an alum of
I know our undergraduates
develop a sense of confidence and pride in their accomplishments as
women at a far greater rate than their counterparts at co-educational
institutions. If you learn in an environment that instills confidence
in you, you have a far better chance to succeed in the outside world.
If you are surrounded by female role models, you are much more likely
to take on leadership roles yourself.
What sort of student is successful at CNR?
Well-rounded students with
strong high school records who are open-minded and intellectually
curious will be most successful. Another key factor is a willingness to
get involved both inside and outside of the classroom. By that I mean
involvement as a life-long learner, as someone who is interested in a
variety of subjects and disciplines and their interconnectivity, as
someone who cares about their natural and personal environment and
participates in the many clubs, community service activities and
leadership opportunities that are available on campus and within the
School of Arts & Sciences.
Where do your students go after leaving school?
Our students go on to medical
school at places like Columbia University and SUNY Upstate Medical
Center. They get master’s degrees in teaching from Columbia Teachers
College. One of our students entered her first job out of college as a
news producer at Fox News Network, where she had done an internship,
and subsequently won two Emmy awards. Others work as mental health
professionals or social workers, both in the city and in Westchester.
They join the Peace Corps and go off to teach at the secondary school
level in Tanzania. They become successful artists, editors and writers.
And many of our graduates decide to continue their studies in one of
the excellent Master’s Programs that The College of New Rochelle
Graduate School has to offer.