Biography: Joby Taylor serves as Director of UMBC's Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program, a graduate service-learning and leadership development program for returning Peace Corps Volunteers. He previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, himself, in Gabon, Africa in a school construction program and later as Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Peace Corps Association. He currently also directs UMBC's Peace Corps Prep Program for undergraduate students pursuing experiences in international development and service. In his 20 years at UMBC he has designed and taught courses and advised scholarship and research in fields of Peace Studies, Education, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology and Community Leadership. He serves on Faculty Advisory Committees for UMBC's programs in Global Studies, Public Humanities, and Community Leadership, and is an Affiliate Professor in the Language, Literacy, & Culture Ph.D. Program. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as his 2008 book, Metaphors We Serve By. Between Zoom and outdoor classes, he is currently developing new graduate courses in "Pedagogies of Place" and "Spirituality and Service." He lives in Baltimore City and takes every chance he gets to lead UMBC students and colleagues on outings into the city to explore its rich history, complex challenges, diverse people, and emerging social change movements.
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