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May 27, 2008

This fall, three new professors will join the six faculty-in-residence already living on campus, furthering Baylor's commitment to integrating learning in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Laine Scales, professor of social work and educational administration and associate dean of the Graduate School, and her husband, Dr. Glenn Blalock, assistant professor of English, will serve as the first faculty members-in-residence at Kokernot Residence Hall. They will be joined by their 14-year-old daughter, April.

Steven Pounders, associate professor of theatre arts, will become the first faculty member-in-residence this fall at University House in the North Village Residential Community. Pounders' wife, Hope, and two daughters, Luci, a high school junior, and Robin, a fourth-grader, will be moving to campus as well.

Scales, Blalock and Pounders will join Drs. Doug and Michele Henry (Brooks College), Cindy Fry (Heritage House, North Village), Dr. Julie Sweet and Dr. Tom Riley (Texana House, North Village) and Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray (Honors Residential College, Alexander-Memorial) to comprise a cohort of nine faculty members living in residence at Baylor.

Baylor's faculty-in-residence program encourages and maximizes the quality and quantity of faculty-student interaction, said Dr. Frank Shushok, BS '91, dean for student learning and engagement at Baylor.

"A special component of the faculty-in-residence program is that students walk alongside these terrific faculty members for several years. Faculty literally live the Baylor experience with students," Shushok said. "They observe close up the transformation that takes place over these years and in short order become not only teachers, but mentors and friends. For students, this is an extraordinary opportunity and is just one more way that articulates the special nature of Baylor. The faculty, similarly, can't say enough about how much they learn and grow by living up close, day by day, with students."

As Baylor moves towards its 2012 goal of creating a truly residential campus, Campus Living and Learning officials report that more than 1,700 returning students already have contracted to live on campus next year, a jump of 26 percent over last year's upperclassmen total and the fifth straight year that number has increased. Of those 1,700 students, 1,200 are connected to a living-learning community or residential college.

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