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Charles Taylor

Lecturer II - English

Office Information:

Comprehensive Studies Program
1139 Angell Hall
435 S State St
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003

phone: 734.764.9128
hours: Drop-ins: Tuesdays and Thurdays 10-11:20 am (1139 AH); Wednesdays 11:30 to 2:30 (Zoom); by appointment via Zoom, as needed

csp; Summer Faculty


B.A. in Communication [Cleveland State University]
M.A. in English Language and Literature [Cleveland State University]
Ph.D. in English Language and Literature [University of Michigan]

My favorite thing about teaching in CSP is...

...the access to other CSP faculty and staff, who provide a comforting sense of community and strong support of our students’ and one another’s endeavors. As an instructor, I most enjoy helping students to discover previously unrecognized abilities to speak and act through their writing, and seeing that ability serve them in their academic and professional work.

From my classes, incoming students should expect...

...clear scaffolding with frequent reinforcement of key concepts, plenty of group work and opportunities to share their opinions in class, and my sincere effort to avoid assigning “busywork.” I take a practical approach to writing instruction. For me, this means showing students the real-world benefits of writing and providing consistent information about *why* each course element exists. I also offer frequent and in-depth office hours.

My favorite piece of advice for undergraduate students is...

...avoid the trap of starting off by trying too hard to prove what you already know. Instead, focus on the new material you need to absorb at this level.

In my free time, I enjoy...

...writing, reading, cooking, walking, and watching movies with my wife, Deb. I am constantly amazed by music.

I would just like to add...

...that U-M students should enjoy cheap or free access to the many quality concerts, stage shows, databases, visiting speakers, museums, and other perks for students here. One is very unlikely to have access of that kind again!

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