Ted Tayler is Lionel Trilling Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Columbia, where he has taught the poetry and prose of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with special attention to Shakespeare and Milton, “for a long time.” As a scholar, he has won Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships, was named Honored Scholar by the Milton Society, and has published many articles and three books. But it is especially as a teacher that Professor Tayler is revered, winning awards from both students: "Great Teacher," Society of Older Graduates (1985), Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching and Leadership (1986) and the University: Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (1996), Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (1998).