Meet Our Residence Hall Director Staff!

Julia Bales

Residence Hall Director
South Russell Hall


M.S.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs, Baylor University
B.A. Political Science & French,
Baylor University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

About Me

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julia has spent time in Minnesota and Kansas before settling down in Waco. She graduated from Baylor with a degree in Political Science in 2005 and a Master's degree in Higher Education in 2007. In 2011, she married Caleb, a teacher at Midway High School. In their spare time, Caleb & Julia enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their dog, Ross. They are both active members of Hewitt Community Church and proud Baylor alums!

Why do you choose to work at Baylor?

There is no other university that is integrating faith and learning like Baylor. It is such a unique community; from the students to the faculty to the administration. There is no better place to get the resources and feel of a large school, while receiving the benefits of deep, meaningful, relationships with co-workers, and students. It is evident that our Christian faith is the foundation of everything we do and here. I wholeheartedly support the mission of Baylor to "educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community." I believe it's truly special to be a part of this place and witness the way Baylor is transforming how and what we think about Christian higher education.

Tell us a cherished memory of your time here so far:

The very first night that we met our staff for the first time, we had a welcome back dinner for ALL the Community Leaders (CLs). Little did our staffs know, but all the Hall Directors had been working on a flash mob performance to perform for them during the dinner! It was such a blast showing off and having fun - while releasing a little stress from the previous weeks of training. I loved being able to show my new staff team that I enjoyed being goofy from time to time! And I loved working with my fellow Hall Directors to perfect our performance. It was great bonding time!

What is it about being a Hall Director that you enjoy most?

Seeing students develop and grow right before my eyes is simply amazing. It is incredibly powerful and encouraging to realize that a whole generation of truly gifted men and women are rising up here at Baylor to go out into the world and make a difference. I thoroughly enjoy getting to be a small part of anyone's journey and time here at Baylor - it is so fulfilling to know that the role we play in shaping community for students who live in our halls can impact their college experience.