Dr. Laine Scales, Professor of Social Work & Educational Administration, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
I am very excited by the opportunity to serve as faculty in residence at Kokernot. I am entering my 16th year of working in higher education as an administrator and faculty member. I learned early in my teaching career that teachers must connect with students as whole persons, recognizing multiple dimensions of their concerns in addition to their academic selves.
I came to Baylor in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work and in Fall 2004 I began serving in The Graduate School as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development. In that role, I have had the pleasure of deepening my previous connections to student development philosophies and activities. Since Fall 2007, I have been working in the School of Education and teaching masters level students preparing for careers in student affairs administration. This has provided additional opportunities for me to deepen my understanding of student learning and engagement as I explore the existing literature and seek opportunities to contribute original research. I bring my skills as an educator, researcher, and community builder to this position.
One facet of my research is to study the history of women in colleges and universities; currently, I am studying the experiences of Jewell Legett, a Baylor student in 1902. I enjoy digging in the Texas Collection to see which student organizations she joined and what classes she took. For example, in Jewell's day they had a Religion professor and his wife who were faculty in residence in Burleson Hall, which was a women's residence back then.
One thing that excites me about the Faculty in Residence position is the daily connections with undergraduate students in informal settings. I look forward to learning about your interests and experiences. For fun, I love to travel and have had the pleasure of visiting many parts of the world. To relax, I love reading, writing poetry, crocheting with our daughter April, watching movies, and hanging out with our very affectionate cat, Riley, who always "helps" me with the crocheting (you know, cats and yarn!). I look forward to sharing some of these activities and more with residents of Kokernot.
My strengths: Futuristic, Strategic, Activator, Maximizer, Significance