Dr. Clay Butler
Dr. Clay Butler serves as a Senior Lecturer in the English Department. He teaches courses for the linguistics major, such as Language in Society, Cross-Cultural Linguistics, and Modern English Grammar. Dr. Butler earned a B.A. in Foreign Service from Baylor University in 1988 and worked as a computer programmer for a few years before joining a mission team to help start a church in Siberia, Russia. After returning to the U.S. in 1993, he earned his Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin and moved back to Waco to start teaching at his alma mater in 2002.
Joining Dr. Butler in this endeavor is his wife Susan, who graduated from Baylor in 1989 and teaches Spanish at Midway High School. Their children are: Ellen, a junior at Ouachita Baptist University; Nathan, a freshman at Baylor; Dan, a junior in high school; and Beth, an 8th grader. Of this FIR appointment, Dr. Butler says, "I’m very excited about becoming a Faculty-in-Residence at the North Village, Texana House. As I reflect on my own college years and watch my children enter theirs, I realize the tremendous amount of self-discovery and formation that occurs at this critical stage of life. The young people I’ve met during my time at Baylor are full of ambition, passion, and fun. I look forward to supporting and encouraging them as they realize their gifts and callings and transition to young adulthood."
Dr. Jeff Doyle, Dean for Student Learning & Engagement, says, "Dr. Clay Butler and his wife, Susan, have been praying about this Faculty-in-Residence role for over a decade and are now ready to begin this new phase of their calling. Dr. Butler’s teaching of the complex subject linguistics is balanced by his investment in many students' lives, through his church and classes at Baylor. He and his family are eagerly awaiting their move-in day!"