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Dr. Laine Scales

Dr. Laine Scales received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, her M.S.W. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

She began her Baylor career in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work. Since fall 2004, she has been Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development. In 2008, Dr. Scales joined the department of Educational Administration where she serves as Professor of Higher Education. She teaches in the Ph.D. program in Higher Education and Leadership Studies and serves as coordinator of the minor in Leadership Studies. Her doctoral course "Teaching & Learning in Higher Education" is popular among Baylor doctoral students from a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books and over forty articles and chapters in the areas of case method teaching, rural social work, doctoral education, and history of Baptist women in higher education.

Dr. Nathan Alleman is assistant professor in the higher education and student affairs program. His professional background is in residence life, though he has also worked with state-level education policy and institutional research. His diverse research interests include faculty sociology, organizational culture change, the history of higher education and student affairs, and research into factors that promote college aspirations among low socio-economic status students. Current courses include Foundations and History of Higher Education, Introduction to Leadership, and Capstone course. Past teaching topics included student development theory, sociology of higher education, and the organization and governance of higher education.

Dr. R. Robert Creech is Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries. He joined the Truett faculty in 2009 following twenty-two years as Senior Pastor at the University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He had previously taught on the faculty of Houston Baptist University, from 1979 to 1987. Robert earned his B.A. in Sociology and Christianity from Houston Baptist University, his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Baylor University in New Testament studies. He co-authored The Leader's Journey in 2003 and has published chapters in several other volumes. Robert is a native Texan who enjoys fishing, coffee, and gardening. He and his wife, Melinda, have three children and four grandchildren. Robert and Melinda worship with the DaySpring Baptist Church.

Dr. Michael-John DePalma teaches courses in rhetoric, advanced composition, technical and professional writing, composition theory, and writing pedagogy. His research interests include the intersections of rhetoric and religion, histories of rhetorical education, archival research methodologies, composition pedagogy, and community-based writing. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy, and the Journal of Second Language Writing. His most recent project, Assessing Adaptive Transfer in Community-Based Writing, is forthcoming in an edited collection entitled Paving the Way for Literacy(ies): Writing and Learning through Community Engagement.

Nathan Hays is a second year Old Testament PhD student from Fort Worth, Texas. His interest is in Second Temple Judaism, and he hopes to teach in a college or university after graduation. He studied at Baylor University as an undergraduate and Duke Divinity School for his Master of Divinity. Nathan enjoys reading and the outdoors.

Rebecca Poe Hays has roots in Louisville, Kentucky and west Tennessee. After receiving a BA in English and Biblical Languages from Union University, Rebecca and her husband Joshua earned MDiv degrees from Samford University. Now in the third year of a PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Rebecca’s research interests center around the use of parable in the Old Testament and the power of story to communicate theological and ethical concepts. Rebecca is the co-editor of C. S. Lewis Remembered (Zondervan, 2006), The Good, the True, and the Beautiful (Chalice, 2007), and the annual Proceedings of the Christianity in the Academy Conference. Her other publications include both scholarly and popular pieces that deal with issues of hermeneutics, metaphor theory, and the Christian life. Church ministry has been an important part of Rebecca’s life and work, and she hopes that her academic contributions will ultimately serve the church.