307 Christoverson Humanities Building 

Margaret Taylor, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of English

"I aim to empower students with the academic knowledge and practical skills necessary to succeed at their workplace and in society and to blossom as well-balanced human beings. In order to achieve these, I engage students in various learning activities that help them grow intellectually, morally, spiritually, and socially in a positive learning environment so that they become valuable contributing members of our global community."

Dr. Taylor was born and raised in the Central European country of Hungary where she grew up in the rich European culture. When she became a young adult, she moved to the United States where she completed her education and received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees from the University of South Florida. More specifically, her Master of Arts Degree is in American literature, while her Doctoral Degree is in British/Irish literature. In 1994, Dr. Taylor started to teach at the English Department of FSC, and currently teaches various composition and literature courses.

Dr. Taylor has two young adult sons with whom she enjoys spending time, and in her free time is an amateur ballroom dancer and an enthusiastic cook. In the summer, she spends time with her European family and travels to as many countries as she can to become acquainted with the life and culture of various communities. In her classes, Dr. Taylor encourages students to expand their interest and engage in as many positive, enriching experiences as possible.

Courses Taught

Introduction to College English; English Composiiton I, II; English Composition I and II for ESL Students; Masterpieces of Western Literature; Survey of British Literature; Survey of British Literature for ESL Students; 20th Century Continental European Literature; Engaging the Written Word; Writing about Topics: Health and Healing; Ghosts, Goblins and All Sorts of Supernatural Creatures in Literature; The Joy of Laughter: The Development of Comedy; Mystery: The Delectable Detective Story; Studies in Literary Periods: Modern Literature; Studies in Literary Genres: The Development of Comedy


Ph. D., British Literature, University of South Florida
M. A., American Literature, University of South Florida
B. A., English Education, University of South Florida

Recent publications

"The PR Wars: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Shakespeare's Second Henriad" forthcoming in Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, eds. Mary Pharr and Leisa Clarke, McFarland, due Fall 2012.

"Literary Figures: Lodge in the Undergraduate Classroom," in Teaching Early Modern Prose, eds. Susannah Monta and Margaret Ferguson, New York: MLA, 2010. 313-319.

"Teaching Service Learning Memoirs: Gargantua, Maimonides, and Lake Hollingsworth,: in Proceedings of the FCEA 2008. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009. 33-42.