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The Taylor Research and Scholarship team supports researchers working to advance knowledge and understanding of the fields of social innovation and changemaking.

Participants during the movement-based session

Our Work

Our work consists of connecting and cultivating a community of changemakers at regular writing and research-themed social innovation conversations; sharing our own knowledge through monographs, reports and publications and helping to circulate manuscripts, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations from our colleagues and community; and supporting researchers with project funding and writing retreats.

All scholars are welcome: faculty members, students, community-based researchers, and emerging and established scholars from any academic discipline.

Program Overview

Research and Scholarship News

Rafe Steinhauer looks at his computer while sitting at a desk near several desks of fellow writers at one of Taylor's Silent Scholar's Retreats.

Writing Retreats

Our structured, silent Writing Retreats help all writers write more and connect with other writers. We sponsor 1-day social-innovation-themed writing retreats in the New Orleans area.

    • Enjoy a supportive setting built around the “pomodoro method” with 6-8 blocks of silent individual writing, plus breaks, during the day.
    • We invite faculty, scholars, staff, graduate students, community organizations, and practitioners.

Social Innovation Conversations

Social Innovation Conversations are 1-2 hour conversations over lunch with scholars, educators, and practitioners to learn and advance our understanding of the how, why and what about social innovation research. 


The Research and Scholarship team’s Taylor Provocation Series are thought-provoking monographs about the field of changemaking in higher education and social innovation generally.

Core Research Team Members

Maille Faughnan

Máille Faughnan, Ph.D.

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy, Ph.D.


Anna Monhartova, Ph.D.

Graduate Assistants

Taylor Graduate Assistants (GAs) work with the Research and Scholarship team to create Taylor programming, share knowledge and increasing campus and community awareness of Taylor. Students must commit to working with Taylor for a full academic year.


  • Interested in collaborating or learning more about the Taylor Research and Scholarship team?
  • Email Dr. Laura Murphy at

Latest Past Events

November Design Thinking Breakfast with Edward Wycliff

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Edward Wycliff is the founder and designer of an ethical apparel line called Bow Shoeshoe (“Shway-Shway”).  Wycliff grew up in Third Ward. He moved to upstate New York and earned a BA in Politics at Ithaca College, before earning…


November Design Thinking Breakfast with Michelle Barrett + Chris Daemmrich

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Review Presentation Materials Here: Emergent Grounds: Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE) is a collective of interdisciplinary and intergenerational makers and thinkers facilitating the process of cultural reconciliation in the United States through design education…

August Design Thinking Breakfast with Woodrow W. Winchester, III, PhD, CPEM

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact. Register on Eventbrite: View materials after the workshop here: Woodrow W. Winchester, III, PhD, CPEM is the Director of…

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