From the Seaway Current, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring 2007):
Dr. Alan Taylor of Union College is this year's winner of the Clarence Stephen's Distinguished Teaching Award. Alan Taylor is an extraordinary teacher of both students and faculty. In his 31 year career at Union College, he has been the most popular teacher in the mathematics department. Students love his ability to clearly explain complex material, communicate the excitement and beauty of mathematical ideas, and challenge them to learn more than they thought possible.
Through the creation of two highly successful courses for liberal arts students, Topics in Mathematical Political Science and Game Theory and the Humanities, he has provided a model for such courses at Union and throughout the country. His publications have changed how and what we teach at every level. From his chapter on fair division in For All Practical Purposes to his challenging Mathematics and Politics: Strategy, Voting, Power, and Proof, he has taught all of us about the mathematics of social choice.