Vice Provost & Jo Murphy Chair
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Jeffrey S. Hamilton
Vice Provost for Global Engagement

Dr. Jeff Hamilton joined Baylor University as a faculty member in the department of History in August 1995. In August 2004 he was appointed Chair of the department of History and served in that capacity until August 2014, when he assumed the role of Interim Vice Provost for Global Engagement. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor, Dr. Hamilton also taught at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia (where he also served as Chair), and at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Along with his administrative and teaching duties in the department of History, Dr. Hamilton has served on a number of college and university committees and been deeply involved in international education. He has served on the Council for International Education and as resident director for both the Baylor University semester program in Maastricht and the summer program in Oxford, and has participated in the Baylor in Great Britain program on numerous occasions. In 2012-13 he chaired the Provost’s taskforce on Global Education.

He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in medieval history from Emory University. Dr. Hamilton is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of several books and articles on medieval Britain.

Dr. Hamilton and his wife, Dr. Helen Short (M.D.) are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco and have two children: Isla (who received an M.A. in Journalism from Baylor in 2014) and Ewan (who is currently a Business Fellow at Baylor).

History of Jo Murphy Chair

Jo Murphy Prior to 1979, the Office of the Chaplain was responsible for facilitation of immigration services and orientation for international students, and for providing assistance to outgoing students. In 1979, Dr. David Uber was named Director of International Programs. A part-time International Student Advisor and a volunteer Host Family program coordinator provided services to the international student population, which grew from 88 in 1979 to 140 in 1984.

In 1991, the Jo Murphy Chair in International Education was established; Dr. John S. Belew was designated as the first holder of this chair. The number of exchange programs grew substantially, as did the numbers of international students, which had increased to 310 by the Fall of 1996.

Upon Dr. Belew's retirement in 1996, Dr. James Vardaman was appointed to this chair; substantial growth continued in programs, in the numbers of international students (to 401 by Fall, 2000), and in the academic offerings of the Area Studies Programs.

Dr. William A. Mitchell, a member of the Baylor Political Science faculty since 1993,succeeded Dr. Vardaman in 2000. Under Dr. Mitchell's leadership, Baylor continued to expand its exchange and study abroad programs and to increase the number of students studying worldwide while, at the same time and in the face of challenging world events, Baylor was able to sustain the level of enrollment of international students.

On February 1, 2007 Michael D. Morrison, the William J. Boswell Professor of Law at Baylor Law School, became The Jo Murphy Chair in International Education and director of the Center for International Education.

On April 1, 2011, Dr. Naymond Keathley stepped into the role of the Jo Murphy Chair and the Interim Director for the Center for International Education. Dr. Keathley had previosly held the position of Senior Vice Provost.