Faculty Research

Vanguard faculty model research and critical inquiry for their students as they engage in collaborative research projects. The Gary L. Taylor Fund supports faculty research and is administered by the Office of the Provost in cooperation with the Faculty Development Committee. Click here to make an online gift to the Gary L. Taylor Fund.

Recent recipients include:

Ed Clarke Dr. Ed Clarke

Professor of Sociology
Dr. Clarke is conducting a multi-year study and strategy for the improvement of services to the homeless population in the City of Costa Mesa. The Taylor Fund provided resources to analyze the water supply available to the homeless. Undergraduate students collaborated with Dr. Clarke on this project.

SandieMorgan-12-13-00Dr. Sandra Morgan

Director, Global Center for Women and Justice
Dr. Morgan has cultivated a long-term partnership with the University of Duhok in Northern Iraq studying the issue of and solutions to gender violence. The Taylor Fund provided resources for site-based interviews conducted by Dr. Morgan and undergraduate student researchers.

Diana AvansDr. Diana Avans

Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Avans is working with Vanguard’s growing population of veteran students to increase their participation in physical activity in order to improve fitness and stress levels. The Taylor Fund provided resources to purchase outdoor fitness apparatus for the project, which was led by a professional studies veteran student.