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Beck TaylorBeck Taylor

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.3200
Fax: 509.777.4763
Office Location: McEachran Hall Pres

Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., became the 18th president of Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) in July 2010. He came to Whitworth after serving as dean and professor of economics for the Brock School of Business at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.) and as associate dean for research and faculty development for the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University (Waco, Tex.), where he was also the W.H. Smith Professor of Economics.


Ph.D., M.S., Purdue University

B.B.A. Baylor University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Game theory, poverty, public health and child development psychology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


  • Emerson, T.L.N. and B.A. Taylor. “Do Classroom Experiments Affect the Number of Economics Enrollments and Majors?” International Review of Economics Education 9.2 (2010): 43-58 
  • LaPierre, T., C.J. Conover, J.W. Henderson, J.A. Seward, and B.A. Taylor. “Estimating the Impact of State Health Insurance Mandates on Premium Costs in the Individual Market Using the Community Tracking Survey.” Journal of Insurance Regulation 27.3 (2009): 3-36 (Lead article and awarded 2009 article of the year) 
  • Dearing, E., K. McCartney, and B.A. Taylor. “Does Higher Quality Early Child Care Promote Low-Income Children’s Math and Reading Achievement in Middle Childhood?” Child Development 80.5 (2009): 1329-1349 (Lead empirical article; also named one of the best 20 articles published in 2010 by the Purdue University Center for Families and Boston College Center for Work and Family) 
  • McCartney, K., E. Dearing, B.A. Taylor, and K.L. Bub. “Quality Child Care Supports the Achievement of Low-Income Children: Direct and Indirect Pathways Through Caregiving and the Home Environment.” Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 28.5-6 (2007): 411-426