Dr. Steve Bedi

Stephen Bedi

Professor of Higher Education & Provost Emeritus

Phone: (765) 998-4585
Email: stbedi@tayloru.edu


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Stephen S. Bedi

Taylor University
Office: Ayres Memorial Hall
236 West Reade Avenue
Upland, IN 46989
(765) 998-4585
FAX: (765) 998-4577


Ed.D., Special Education, The George Washington University, 1982
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, University of Maryland, 1970
B.S., Elementary Education, Taylor University, 1965


­­Professor of Higher Education

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
2012 –Present
Teach, complete research and service within the Higher Education and Student Development graduate program. Teaching assignment includes courses in administration, leadership, assessment as well as thesis supervision and student advising. Research areas include: strategic planning and assessment, organizational effectiveness and quality improvement, and leadership development.



Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
2003 – 2012
The provost serves as the chief academic and program officer of the University; reports and works closely with the president, acting for the president in his absence, and provides appropriate institutional leadership with other members of the University leadership cabinet. The provost is expected to provide leadership for the implementation of the 2016 Academic Vision and Plan and assists the president in the development of initiatives essential for the future success of students and the fulfillment of the University mission.

The provost has overall responsibility for advancing educational excellence by administering the institutions undergraduate and graduate academic programs and overseeing a holistic program model that integrates academic and student life programs in ways that advance student learning success and development. Within the context of a vibrant community of scholarship and faith, the provost keeps the University mission, vision, purposes, statement of faith and “life together covenant” central to the curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. 

The provost leads and supervises a program team that includes the deans of: liberal arts, natural and applied sciences, and professional and graduate studies, and student development, and the directors of the Center for Teaching and Leaning Excellence and the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement. He also supervises the director of assessment and quality improvement, the chief information officer, and the institutional research analysts. The Provost’s Council (comprised of the provost’s direct reports and enrollment management personnel) is responsible for overseeing strategic program planning and assessment, establishing resource priorities, and developing policy for the University’s integrated academic, enrollment managaement, and student life programs model.

Vice President for Administration and Planning and Chief Operating Officer of the Upland Campus

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
Chief Operating Officer of the University in addition to the responsibilities of the Vice President for Administration and Planning (following)

Vice President for Administration and Planning

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
The Vice President for Administration and Planning is responsible for designing and implementing planning and assessment initiatives that strengthen and sustain the institution by continuously evaluating the programs, policies, and procedures necessary to achieve the mission. In addition, supervises and directs other administrative duties as assigned by the president. Serves as institutional accreditation officer

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Upland Campus and Professor of Education

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
1998 – 2001
Assist in the recruitment, employment, assignment, evaluation, and development of faculty and the academic support staff on the Upland campus. Supervise the curriculum and the delivery of instructional programs, including program development, implementation and evaluation. Supervise the records office functions, the university registrar, and leadership of the implementation and operation of the SCT Banner student information system. Coordinate and supervise accreditation activities (NCA, NCATE, NASM, CSWE) and serve as the institutional liaison with NCA. Oversee the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures specifically related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Oversee and coordinate academic assessment in cooperation with the academic assessment committee (academic council), testing office, and supervision of the director of assessment.  Administer academic technology, including planning, budgeting, and faculty development in cooperation with the CMC and information services. Plan and budget for instructional equipment and classroom furniture in consultation with department chairs and associate deans.  Assist in planning for academic facilities. Administer summer programs, including summer school, high school summer honors and Elderhostel, and represent the office of academic affairs at new student orientation. Hear and process student petitions and grievances related to the academic program, including academic dishonesty and discipline cases in cooperation with student development. Oversee and approve overload teaching assignments for faculty and the hiring and development of adjunct faculty. Initiate and coordinate efforts to acquire external funding sources to enhance the academic mission of the university. Represent the office of academic affairs on standing committees with active roles on those committees whose functions are directly related to academic policy and curriculum and instruction (APC and CMC) and to other constituencies as directed. Oversee areas of academic support including the Zondervan Library, university archives, testing and assessment office, academic technology services, and the learning support center. Propose and administer the program elements (non-personnel) of the budget of the academic affairs division. Serve as a member of the Academic Council and President’s Council for Assessment, Strategic and Long-Range Planning (PCAP). Promoted to Professor of Education – August 1995.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Professor of Education

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
July 1994 - 1998
Responsible for administering all academic undergraduate programs offered on both campuses. Supported the development of the curriculum offered through the Institute for Extended Learning (IEL). Provided leadership to ensure quality instruction through observing faculty,collaborative planning with department chairs and the Academic Council. Developed academic policies.  Administered academic support services including: the library; archives; educational technology center; computer labs; and testing office.  Supervised enrollment management activities within the registrar’s office. Administered the summer school program, High School Summer Honors program, and Elderhostel program. Prepared and administered the $13 million academic budget.  Directed and coordinated academic assessment and accreditation activities including: departmental reviews; North Central Association; NCATE; NASM; and CSWE. Administered the long range plan for academic information technology, including equipment acquisition, faculty development, and piloted distance learning project.  Directed and implemented the new academic affairs student information system.  Served on the Academic Council.   Assisted the dean in recruitment, development and retention of faculty. Served in ways to interface academic, administrative, and student services within the University. Taught selected courses within the teacher education program.

Associate Dean for Education, Director of Teacher Education, and Associate Professor of Education

Taylor University, Upland, Indiana 46989
July 1991 - June 1994
Associate Dean for Education: Administered the faculty, budgets, program, searches, and class schedules for the departments of education and health, physical education and recreation.  Represented the Vice President for Academic Affairs at on- and off-campus functions.  Served on the Academic Council.

Director of Teacher Education: Responsible for the administration, supervision and coordination of the teacher education program and faculty (10) which served 525 teacher education majors on two campuses.  Directed program and curriculum upgrade.  Functioned as chair of the department of education.  Developed program, budget and conducted faculty searches and established program for newly acquired branch campus in Fort Wayne.  Coordinated successful NCATE institutional reaccreditation effort including preparation of preconditions, knowledge base, institutional report and rejoinder.  Coordinated Board of Examiners site visit.  Chaired the Teacher Education Committee.

Associate Professor of Education: Served as associate professor of education teaching classes and supervising student teachers within the Education Department.  Advised 25 students.

Guest Lecturer

Taylor University Master of Arts in Higher Education Program, selected classes 2007-present

Adjunct Faculty

The Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Spring 1991
Taught graduate level course in Human Growth and Development

Adjunct Associate Professorial Lecturer 

College of Education & Human Development,
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
1984 - 1991
Taught masters and doctoral level courses in special education and school administration

In-service Instructor

1988 - 1991
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland
Taught Supervisory Skills course to prospective school administrators

Doctoral Examination Committee

Panel Member, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


Bedi, S. and Herrmann, T. Using a Dashboard Report Card to Monitor and Report Institutional Performance. A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement (2008) Higher Learning Commission.
Bedi, S., primary author and editor (1996). The Taylor University Self-Study for North Central Association Reaccreditation. Upland, IN: Taylor University Press
Bedi, S. & Jessup, D., Out of the Overflow--Faculty Development at Taylor University, Taylor University Magazine, Winter 1996, pp. 19-21.
Bedi, S.; Kids, Parents and Television--Can the Three Live Together?  Marion Chronicle Tribune, January 8, 1995
Bedi, S. (1994).  Developing Competent, Caring and Reflective Teachers--The Model for Teacher Preparation at Taylor University.  Upland, IN:  Taylor University Press.
Bedi, S. (Ed.).  (1994).  NCATE/Indiana Professional Standards Board institutional report and Rejoinder.  Upland, IN: Taylor University Press.
Bedi, S. (Ed.).  (1994).  Teacher Education Program Student Handbook.  Upland, IN: Taylor University Press.
Bedi, S.  (1994).  Field Experience Lab Handbook.  Upland, IN:  Taylor University Press
Bedi, S. (Ed.). (1993).  [NCATE/Indiana Department of Education precondition documents, Volumes 1 (1991), Volume 2 (1992), and Rejoinder (1993)]. Upland, IN: Taylor University, Education Department.
Bedi, S.  (1993).  College Supervisors Handbook.  Upland, IN:  Taylor University Press.
Bedi, S.  (1992).  Teacher Education Committee Handbook.  Upland, IN:  Taylor University Press.
Bedi, S. (1982).  A longitudinal study of an alternative organizational and instructional model for academically high-risk primary-level children (Doctoral dissertation, The George Washington University, 1982).  Dissertation Abstracts International, 43/08-A, 2627.
Bedi, S. (Ed.).  (1982).  Getting Involved Series.  Your Child and... Problem Solving... Language... Math... Play... Reading... Science... TV... Writing... and Attitudes Toward Learning.  Head Start Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families.  U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
Bedi, Stephen S., The Effective Utilization of Consultants
Mimeographed publication.  Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland 20850, July 1981.
Bedi, Stephen S.; Castleberry, Michael, School, Parents, Community: A Partnership That's Working for Children, Vol. 61. No. 6, New ERA, January 1980.
Bedi, Stephen S.; Dodson, Katherine; Young, James, An Interview with Alvin Poussaint on Project Developmental Continuity, Pacific Consultants, Washington, D.C., June 1978.


Distinguished Alumnus for Service to Taylor University, 2010, Upland, IN
Excellence in Service to Higher Education Award, 2010, Upland, IN
Kappa Delta Pi - International Education Honorary Society - 1994
Nominee for "7 Salutes 7 Who Care" Outstanding Educator Award, 1991, Washington, DC.
Finalist for The Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award, 1990, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Public Schools/Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, 1989
Montgomery County Public Schools/The Lighthouse Award, 1989
for exemplary practices in educating special needs students
Montgomery County Public Schools/The George Washington University Fellowship, 1977 - 1978
Montgomery County Scholarship Award, 1968
Who's Who Among American University Students, 1965
Dean's List - Taylor University - Selected semesters 1964-1965


Board Member, Project LEAD, Muncie, IN, 2009-present
Board of Trustee member, Community Foundation, Grant County Indiana, 2008-present
Coordinator, TU County, University, Town Team, Upland, IN, 2006-present
Board of Trustee member, Minnetrista Cultural Foundation, Muncie, Indiana, 2002-present
Panel member, Blue Ribbon Schools' Elementary School Recognition Program, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., 1989-2000.
Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Audit committee, 1993, Awards committee, 1994.
Facilitator, Grant County Business-Education Partnership of the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Parents In Touch Program, Marion, Indiana, 1992-Present
Member, Critical Curriculum Issues Special Interest Group, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Ball State University, 1992-Present
Member, Special Study Group--Elementary Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 1992-2001.


Society for College and University Planning*
National Consortium for Continuous Improvement*
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education*
Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education*
Phi Delta Kappa
Association of Teacher Educators
National Association of Elementary School Principals*
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Indiana Association of School Principals*
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education

*Attended annual conference



1988 - 1991
Waters Landing Elementary School (H.S.-6)
Suburban, Middle Class, Developing Community Setting
Montgomery County Public Schools, Germantown, Maryland
Responsible for selecting & supervising 125 staff and developing & administrating a comprehensive instructional program for 980 students in a new elementary school.  Hired exceptional, innovative teaching staff.  Established positive and caring school environment.  Developed strong parent-school partnership.  Instituted extensive student co-curricular activities (25).  Implemented balanced instructional program.  Incorporated technology (CD ROM, computers, TV communications lab and 30 station networked computer lab) into program.  Implemented community based special education for mentally disabled students.  Interrelated the arts into school program.  Developed & administrated $1.5 million budget for furniture, equipment, and instructional materials.


1981 - 1988
Westover Elementary School (HS-6)
Suburban, Upper Middle & Low Socio-economic, Consolidated School Community Setting
Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, Maryland
Supervised 50 staff members and 575 students.  Implemented revised reading/language arts, writing, math, social studies, science, curriculum.  Developed and implemented computer lab.  Designed and coordinated media center modernization.  Implemented interrelated arts programs.  Developed comprehensive school-wide Gifted and Talented program and coordinated Chapter I program.  Initiated mainstreaming of special education students.  Participated in a wide range of community involvement activities including PTA, outreach, Colesville Clergy and civic organization.


1980 - 1981
Head Start Basic Education Skills (BES) Experimental Project
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Loan Assignment
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
National Head Start Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Directed and administrated $7 million dollar budget (including awarding 16 grants & 5 contracts.)  Supervised and monitored 29 experimental programs nationwide.  Monitored contracts with the research community at major universities and regional educational labs.  Reviewed and evaluated 60 research proposals.  Planned and implemented two national conferences.  Conducted site visits.  Conceptualized and wrote four training and technical assistance RFP's.  Prepared written responses to congressional inquiries and prepared position papers for National Head Start director.


1976 - 1980
Takoma Park Elementary School (H.S.-3)
Urban, Diverse Community Setting
Montgomery County Public Schools, Takoma Park, Maryland
Supervised 74 staff members and 450 students.  Planned and opened new school.  Coordinated quarter million dollar budget for instructional materials, supplies, furniture, and equipment.  Designed Gifted and Talented magnet school program.  Developed and administered all-day kindergarten/grade 1 pilot program.  Implemented extensive parent involvement activities.  Developed school philosophy, staff development training program, staff leadership model and multicultural curriculum guide.  Utilized extensive resources from local colleges and universities.  Administered one hundred thousand dollar budget for federal experimental program.  Utilized extensive community resources.


1973 - 1976
Wood Acres Elementary School (K-6)
Suburban, Upper Middle Socio-economic, Community Setting
Montgomery County Public Schools, Bethesda, Maryland
Supervised 32 staff members and 600 students.  Directed extensive school remodeling and renovation.  Instituted primary resource program for special education students.  Developed teacher education center in conjunction with American University, Washington, D.C.

Assistant Principal

1970 - 1973
Damascus Elementary School (K-6)
Rural Community Setting
Montgomery County Public Schools, Damascus, Maryland
Coordinated Chapter I program activities, curriculum development and implementation.  Conducted pupil staffing.  Designed public relations activities and developed and implemented discipline policy.

Science Teacher Specialist

1969 - 1970
All Elementary Grades
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland
Planned science curriculum and instruction with teachers and administrators.  Demonstration teacher and TV science instructor.  Interpreted MCPS science program to elementary teachers.  Assisted teachers in securing instructional resources.  Introduced new science materials.  Conducted over 70 training workshops.  Planned and participated in Outdoor Education programs.

Elementary/Middle School Teacher

1965 - 1969
Upper Elementary Grades
Montgomery County Public Schools, Silver Spring, Maryland
Implemented Program of Studies.  Assisted with the opening of two new schools.  Grade level team leader.  Coordinated Science Fair, Field Day, and Outdoor Education Programs.  Acted as teacher in charge during principal's absence.  Supervised student teachers.  Assisted with implementation of Dial Access Information Retrieval System (DAIRS).


Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certificate -- 1991 - 2001.
Elementary Grades 1-6 and Middle School
Elementary/Middle School Principal-Supervisor
Special Education Grades K-12


Former member of the Paul Hill Chorale.  Semi-professional 160 voice choir which performs classical and popular repertoire at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. 


Performing arts, lighthouse researcher and visitor, sports interests, regular physical fitness routine, golf, enthusiastic reader, and domestic and international travel


Church Member -- 1993-Present
Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA), 2801 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie, IN 47304
Dr. Gary Cox, Pastor
Completed church doctrine and membership class – 1993
Teacher, College Students Sunday School Class – 1995
College Student Ministry Coordinator – 1996
Completed Church Leadership Development Program and examination – 1996
Elected to position of ruling elder and member of Church Session – 1997-2003
Fulfill ministry to 30 family fold units – 1997-2003
Adult Sunday School teacher
Delegate to PCA General Assembly and Covenant College Committee, Colorado Springs, CO, June 1997
Delegate to Great Lakes Presbytery and Mission to the World committee, Lexington, KY, January 1998, Cincinnati,             OH, February 2001
Stated Clerk of the Session – 2001
Elder and Church Governing Board Member 1974-1991 -- Assisted the pastoral staff in all areas of the church ministry.  Attended weekly Saturday morning prayer and planning meetings.  Ministered and cared for spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of assigned "flock" (40 single adults).  Attended monthly Governing Board meetings and participated in decision making regarding church policy, budget, personnel and programs.  Held major role in planning and establishing a Hispanic congregation and "daughter" extension church.
Christian Education Committee Chairperson 1986-1991 -- Planned, organized, scheduled, coordinated and reported the work of the C.E. committee.  Monitored the programs and activities of ten church C.E. ministries.  Served as liaison and provided regular C.E. reports to the Church Governing Board.  Maintained regular communication with Minister for Christian Education and Youth.
Singles Ministry Director 1987-1991 -- Coordinated Singles Ministry as husband/wife team. Assisted the internal leadership of the Singles Ministry with program planning.  Provided counsel and opened our home as a place to "eat and meet."  Group was composed of approximately 70 College and Career age adults.  Approximately 30-35 attended weekly "care group meeting."  Served as Bible study teacher and initiated service and short term missions projects.
Music Ministry -- Assisted in services as worship leader and vocal soloist.
Former Ministries -- Leadership Training Program presenter and mentor; small group leader; Sunday School superintendent; and a variety of committee assignments.
Related Activities -- Presenter, C&MA Congress on Higher Education, St. Paul, Minnesota - 1988.  President and chairperson of Child Evangelism Fellowship - Montgomery County, MD Chapter.  Member, Mid-Atlantic District of C&MA Budget Committee.  Co-Chair, Mid-Atlantic District Alliance Men Executive Committee.    Board member, Montgomery County, MD Youth for Christ 1978-1981.


“The Prodigal God,” Christian Businessmen, Marion, Indiana, June 2009.
"A Legacy Worth Leaving," St. James Lutheran Church Men's Fellowship Breakfast, Marion, Indiana, January 1999.
The Impact of Being With Jesus, Westminster Presbyterian Church, March 1997.
A Legacy Worth Leaving,  University Christian Church, Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Muncie, Indiana, December, 1995.
"Living Confidently in Stressful Times," Three seminars presented for the Recovery Task Force, Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana, Rev. Tom Schafer, pastor.  February 1995.
"God's Love and Faithfulness During Adversity,” Westminster Presbyterian Church, Muncie, Indiana, November 1994.
"No Deposit -- No Return," Father-Son Breakfast, Hazelwood Christian Church, Muncie, Indiana, May 1993.