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About Joan Bessman Taylor


Present Associate Professor, School Library Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Northern Iowa Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Honors and Awards

  • Quality Matters Online Course Development Award (University of Northern Iowa), 2015
  • Presidential Faculty Fellowship (University of Iowa), 2010
  • Nominee, Hancher-Finkbine Medallion (University of Iowa), 2010
  • Old Gold Summer Research Fellowship (University of Iowa), 2008
  • Berner-Nash Memorial Award, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (University of Illinois), 2008
  • Carl and Katherine Perrin Fellowship (University of Illinois), 2006-2007
  • Third Place, ALISE Doctoral Students Research Poster Session, 2006
  • GSLIS Doctoral Fellowship (University of Illinois), 2005-2006
  • Judy Pitts Scholar, Treasure Mountain 10-School Media Research, 2002
  • Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, 2001-
  • Named, "University of Illinois's Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, " 2000
  • President, Library and Information Science Student Association (University of Southern Mississippi, 1999-2000
  • American Library Association Student-to-Staff Participant, 2000
  • Spring Hill College Woman of the Year, 1993
  • Andrew Smith Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets, 1992


  • Administration of the School Library Program
  • Library Resources for Young Adults
  • Research in Library and Information Science
  • Technologies for Libraries

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Rod Library 126
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0462

Office: LIB 126
Phone: (319) 273-2192