Lenoir-Rhyne University has welcomed Momodu C. Taylor, Ph.D., as its Lineberger Multicultural Studies Scholar in Residence.
During the fall semester, Taylor is living on campus while teaching a Psychology of Leadership undergraduate course, aimed at providing students a multicultural view of leadership. Coursework also explores factors which have historically, culturally, politically, and socially shaped leaders and leader-follower relationships.
"Throughout the course I am working to provide a multicultural view of leadership by exposing students to and allowing them to discover multiple interdisciplinary viewpoints on the subject through guided inquiry and research," Taylor said. "My goal is to get students to think of themselves as leaders while broadening their prospective from a multicultural standpoint."
As part of his experience as the Multicultural Studies Scholar in Residence, Taylor will share research presentations on campus and in the surrounding community. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, he will host a free public presentation titled, "Muhammad Ali – Boxing, Politics, and Cultural Identity," at 7 p.m. in the Rhyne Building, room 149.
During the presentation, Taylor will share research findings from his dissertation, "An Examination of the Life and Times of Muhammad Ali: Boxing, Politics, Cultural Identity, and Transformational Leadership." According to Taylor, the findings of his study substantiated how professional boxer, Muhammad Ali's life experiences, and actions as a prominent sports figure during the 1960s and 1970s, developed him into a champion for social justice, and the transformational leader he ultimately became.
Taylor earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies with concentrations in History, Psychology, and Higher Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in History Education, from North Carolina A&T State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in History from Livingstone College. While history is Taylor's main area of study, he has also completed research in psychology and higher education. "The aim of my research is to bring solutions to the issues present in education today by gaining a better understanding of the American psyche and educational system," he said.
LR's Lineberger Multicultural Studies Scholar in Residence is supported by the Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal, which also collaborates with the University's nationally recognized Visiting Writers Series. Each year a national search is held for the Scholar in Residence. The program is aimed at providing LR students with opportunities to have conversations about multiculturalism, and to work with someone who has expertise not available on the LR campus.
To learn more visit lr.edu.