Chad Taylor began his faculty career during the fall semester of 2000 at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL while attending graduate school at Illinois State University. In 2001, he received his Master of Science degree in mathematics and stayed on at the university to teach full time as a non-tenure-track faculty member while maintaining an adjunct position at Heartland CC. Although Chad's B.S. degree is also from ISU, his athletic loyalty is to the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. You will often find him clad in orange and blue and yelling crazy phrases like Oskee-Wow-Wow!!
Chad takes his profession very seriously, and he is extremely involved in the department and on campus. During the spring of 2009, the soon-to-be fifth president of Harper College, Dr. Kenneth Ender, asked Chad to be part of a small group that would champion the president's student success agenda. The group of 3 faculty and 3 administrators spent a week in Austin, Texas learning about Achieving the Dream, which is a nationwide initiative designed to help more community college students succeed. The network now encompasses more than 200 colleges across 24 states and the District of Columbia. The student-success agenda was fundamental in the creation of the college's strategic plan. Chad is still a member of the Champion Team, which oversees the strategic plan for the college.
During the spring of 2012, the faculty members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences elected Chad to be the new department chair. Chad spent the fall semester that year working alongside Associate Professor David Clydesdale, who had served as department chair since 2007. Chad took over the full list of duties beginning in the spring of 2013.
Chad's personal life is, well, personal. But we can say that he finally married his longtime girlfriend, Amy, in 2007; and he broke down in 2008 and acquiesced to adopting a dog. The dog, Bella, is a miniature dachshund that is cute as a button. Chad would never admit it to anyone, but he is really very fond of Bella and couldn't imagine his life now without her. The same could probably be said about his wife Amy, but then again, Bella doesn't spend too much money shopping, nag when Chad wants to play golf, or post "honey-do" lists on the weekend.
In 2012, Amy and Chad adopted their second miniature dachshund: his name is Enzo.