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UHCL Honors the Legacy of Senior Lecturer Joyce Taylor

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The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is mourning the loss of Joyce Delores Taylor, who served as the coordinator of internship programs and senior lecturer in behavioral sciences in UH-Clear Lake’s College of Human Sciences and Humanities. Taylor passed away on Feb. 20, 2024, leaving a significant void in the university community.

"Professor Taylor's passing is a profound loss for our UHCL community,” said UHCL President Richard Walker. “We were fortunate that she chose to build her illustrious career with us. Faculty, staff, the broader community, and especially our students, were the fortunate recipients of her teachings and the embodiment of her character. Her commitment to academic excellence and personal growth for every individual she encountered has left an indelible legacy—one that will resonate and contribute to the university’s success for generations to come."

With three graduate degrees from UHCL in Behavioral Sciences (2004), Criminology (2006), and Cross-Cultural Studies (2008), Taylor was a beloved figure who exemplified excellence and service, earning accolades such as the ‘Marilyn Sims Leadership Service’ Award and the ‘Distinguished Alumni’ Award.

Taylor’s impact was profound, touching every facet of university life. She served as chair of the Alumni Association Executive Council, taught as an adjunct instructor, and was the spirit of countless university events. Her commitment to raising awareness of domestic violence and her participation in thought-provoking productions and lectures underscored her passion for advocacy and mentorship.

Joyce embodied UHCL’s hawk spirit," said UHCL Provost Christopher Maynard. “From earning three master’s degrees to a career as a dedicated colleague and educator in our College of Human Sciences and Humanities through to her efforts to address domestic violence, she combined her talents with hard work and a commitment to making our communities better.”

Beyond UHCL, her dedication extended to the larger community, involving service with the Texas Workforce Investment Council and organizations such as 'Children at Risk' to combat human trafficking. Taylor's infectious enthusiasm for service, her dedication to mentoring students, and her indomitable spirit are the hallmarks of her lasting legacy at UHCL—a legacy of excellence, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to enriching every life she touched.

Taylor is survived by two of her three her daughters and her grandchildren. Her daughter, Jesika, preceded her in death.