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Faculty In Residence
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Campus Living & Learning loves to hear from faculty who are interested in investing in the lives of students by living on campus!

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Contact Ms. Terri Garrett, Associate Director for Academic Initiatives, Campus Living & Learning, at or 254/710-6650.


The heart of the Baylor experience is developed on-campus in the union of shared experiences and relationships. In keeping with Pro Futuris, Baylor University seeks to continue to increase the percentage of undergraduates who live on campus and also enhance quality residential environments. Central to this effort is the goal of Campus Living & Learning (CL&L) to further enhance engagement between students and faculty. The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program at Baylor University exists to partner with CL&L to foster and shape the social, cultural, educational, and spiritual life within Baylor's residential communities. As such, Faculty-In-Residence are faculty members who live in designated on-campus residential communities. Faculty-in-Residence work collaboratively with CL&L leadership and residence hall staff to create diverse residential environments that support learning and faith development through relationally driven communities.


  1. Community Involvement and Student Interaction: The FIR will be known as an active member of their assigned residential community. In collaboration with hall staff, the FIR will develop a specific plan for serving as a resource for students living within the community. The FIR will utilize community development techniques, relationship building skills, and a positive attitude to get to know the residents of the assigned residential community.
  2. Cooperation and Collaboration with Campus Living & Learning: Positive relationships, frequent communication among the FIR and the hall staff, and close collaboration between academic partners and student leadership are essential for the success of the FIR. To achieve these ends, the FIR is expected to meet regularly (weekly either formally or informally) with the Residence Hall Director and Resident Chaplain. FIRs are also expected to interact frequently with Community Leaders. Although the role does not include enforcement of residential policies, the FIR will serve as a role model by supporting residence hall policies and the staff members who are responsible for enforcing them.


  • Senior lecturer, full-time tenured, or tenure-track (with the approval of one’s chair), from any academic discipline/department at Baylor.
  • Able and available to interact on a positive basis with students and staff in a university residential setting.
  • Committed to the development of an educational residential community and environment.
  • Knowledgeable of general academic requirements and campus resources.
  • A role model for adhering to all university and Campus Living & Learning policies and procedures. FIR and their family members and guests are required to adhere to university and housing policies and procedures.
  • A demonstrated Christian faith.


This is a ten-month, year-to-year appointment (August-May) with an annual evaluation each April. The FIR is provided year-round accommodation in an apartment within the assigned residence hall. Utilities, local telephone service, basic internet and cable TV service, and FIR parking in close proximity of the assigned residence will be provided for the faculty member (and spouse, if applicable). The FIR apartment will serve as the primary residence, and as such, the FIR should fully reside on campus. A budget of $2,000 is provided for the academic year for programming purposes in order to facilitate interaction between residents and faculty. A partial meal plan is provided for the FIR which includes 11 meals per week while classes are in session, along with 30 guest passes to encourage sharing meals with students and guests. Small dogs (under 40 pounds) are allowed within the Campus Living & Learning pet policy. No cats are allowed.

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Dr. Jonathan Tran Dr. Jonathan Tran
Faculty in Residence - Alexander and Memorial Halls
Dr. Mona Choucair Dr. Mona Choucair
South Russell Faculty-in-Residence
Senior Lecturer, School of Education and English
Ph.D. English, Baylor Univeristy
M.A. English, University of Dallas
B.A. English, Baylor University
Dr. Robert Creech Dr. Robert Creech
Faculty in Residence - North Village (University House)
Professor of Christian Ministries
Ph.D. New Testament, Baylor University
M.Div. Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. Sociology, Houston Baptist University
B.A. Christianity, Houston Baptist University
Dr. Clay Butler Dr. Clay Butler
Faculty in Residence - Texana House
Senior Lecturer of English
Ph.D. Modern Languages, University of Texas
M.A. Modern Languages, University of Texas
B.A. Foreign Service, Baylor University
Dr. Scott Wilde Dr. Scott Wilde
Faculty in Residence - Brooks Flats
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
Ph.D. Mathematics, Washington State University
M.S. Mathematics, Washington State University
B.A. Mathematics, Eastern Washington University
Dr. Ian Gravagne Dr. Ian Gravagne
Faculty in Residence - Teal Residential College
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Clemson University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Clemson University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Rice University
Dr. James Marcum Dr. James Marcum
Faculty in Residence - Earle Hall
Professor, Director of the Medical Humanities Program
Ph.D. Philosophy, Boston College
Ph.D. Physiology, University of Cincinnati
M.A. Theological Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.A. Philosophy, Boston College
M.S. Zoology, Miami University
B.S. Biology, Miami University
Jeffrey Petersen Dr. Jeffrey Petersen
Faculty in Residence - Kokernot
Associate Professor, Health, Human Performance & Recreation
B.S. Biology and Secondary Education, Taylor University
M.A. Human Performance and Sport, New Mexico Highlands University
Ph.D. Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Sport Administration, University of New Mexico
Steven Pounders Steven Pounders
Faculty in Residence - North Village (Heritage House)
Professor, Theater Arts
MFA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Dr. Rishi Sriram Dr. Rishi Sriram
Faculty in Residence - Brooks Residential College
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration
Ph.D. Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
M.S. Student Personnel Services, Baylor University
B.A. Journalism & English, Baylor University
Dr. Karon LeCompte Dr. Karon LeCompte
Faculty in Residence - Allen-Dawson Halls
Assistant Professor - Curriculum & Instruction
Ph.D. Education, University of Texas
M.A. Education, Sam Houston State University
B.A. Education, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Bob Kane Dr. Bob Kane
Faculty in Residence - University Parks
Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Ph.D. Chemistry, Texas Tech University
B.S. Chemistry, Texas Lutheran University