Dr. Ellen Taylor
Associate Vice President for Student Engagement
For associate vice president of student engagement Ellen Taylor, the term engagement refers to more than just students attending campus activities. A self-described pathological optimist, Taylor believes and embraces what she refers to as the “engagement mindset” which is a far more holistic approach that requires the participation of not just students, but staff and faculty at all levels of the institution.
“Students don’t see divisions,” says Taylor, “they see the university as a whole.” Students are most likely to succeed when they feel connected to the university. An engagement mindset means faculty and staff recognize the importance of every interaction with a student in developing that student's sense of belonging at Washington State University. She believes that providing challenging yet supportive environments for students to learn and grow is an essential part of their college experience.
“Ellen is widely recognized for her commitment to the health and wellness of undergraduate and graduate students,” Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president of student affairs said. “She understands student engagement is holistic and expansive. She knows how to build effective teams and create seamless learning environments where students thrive.”