Sherri Taylor

Sherri Taylor

Adjunct Faculty

Coordinator of Scholastic Programs

  • Visual Communications

Also teaches in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Military Visual Journalism

Contact Information

Office Location

513 Newhouse 1


  • M.A. Syracuse University
  • B.A. Baylor University


  • Visual Design
  • Scholastic Journalism
  • Publication and News Design
  • Typography
  • Collaborative Publishing

What she teaches ...

Since 1991, Sherri Taylor has taught thousands of undergraduate and graduate students introductory graphic design as well as more advanced skills, such as how to create, brand and produce identity work for an original client. She also teaches introductory graphic design to military photojournalism students in a cooperative program with the Dept. of Defense, and works with them to produce an annual class magazine.


Taylor has worked in newspapers in Dallas and Syracuse as a reporter on the business desk and as an editorial assistant in the sports department, and served as a type and layout specialist in the internal and external communications department for a large insurance company in Dallas. Prior to that, Taylor taught high school journalism in Texas, where she was also a publications consultant and workshop speaker.

Taylor is most proud of collaborative projects she has initiated between Newhouse courses, resulting in published works. For several years she led a project between senior design and photography students to produce work pro bono for local community nonprofits, which twice resulted in the Chancellor’s Citation for Public Engagement and Scholarship. Her students also collaborated on book projects for The Eddie Adams Workshop and the Alexia Foundation, as well as for the city of Syracuse and other local communities that were documented by photography students during the VIS department’s annual Fall Workshop.

In addition to her teaching duties, Taylor is director of the Empire State School Press Association, the scholastic journalism organization for New York and the former School Press Institute, a summer workshop for high school journalists offered in conjunction with the Newhouse School and co-sponsored by a continuing grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation.

For two years, she and two Newhouse colleagues created and co-directed J-Camp, a minority summer workshop for Syracuse high school students paid for by a grant from the Newhouse School.

She has co-authored four volumes since 1993 of “Scholastic Journalism,” (Wiley Press) a textbook used in high school journalism programs internationally. Prior to that, she published a high school photography curriculum and was a co-author of “Get the Picture,” for Jostens Publishing.

She has received two fellowships to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida, one a teaching fellowship and the other in graphic design.

She has judged competitions for the CASE awards (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), Society for News Design, Copley Awards, New York Student Journalist of the Year, Silver Anvil Awards (presented by the Public Relations Society of America), Military Graphic Artist of the Year (Dept. of Defense), Photography Forum Magazine’s annual competition, the New York Press Association, and the Katie awards (presented by the Dallas Press Club).

Scholastic journalism organizations have honored her with numerous awards, including the Trailblazer award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, Special Recognition Adviser from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year from the Interscholastic League Press Conference. She was inducted into the Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame at Oklahoma University and most recently received the Star of Texas award from the Association of Texas Photography Instructors.

She also has been honored with teaching awards, including Syracuse University’s Continuing Education award for Teacher of the Year, three nominations for Female Educator of the Year by Eta Pi Upsilon Sigma and a nomination for an Outstanding Teaching award from the Greek Awards Committee.

Taylor hails from mostly snow-free Texas, enjoys seeing the sun and likes to garden and travel.