UW-Madison alumnus Leonard Taylor is being honored with the 2017 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE)
Taylor received his master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
, and is now an assistant professor in the educational leadership department at Mississippi State University.
A Mississippi State press release says Taylor's research explores how higher education administrators, faculty and staff members can enhance student success and improve the "quality, quantity and diversity" of U.S. graduates by using data and other promising practices.
Taylor will present his research at the AABHE national convention later in March. The theme of this year's convention is "Pathways to Success in Higher Education: Transforming Lives through Education, Equity and Social Justice."
“This recognition is humbling and affirmative that I’m in the right place doing what I’m called to do," Taylor says in the news release.