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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.

Bob Kruschwitz

Dr. Bob Kruschwitz is senior scholar in the Institute for Faith and Learning and professor in the Philosophy Department. He has been the general editor of Christian Reflection, a quarterly series in faith and ethics, since its inception in 2001. From 2000 to 2013, he served as the director for Baylor's Center for Christian Ethics. Previously, he taught for twenty-one years at Georgetown College (Kentucky) where he had chaired the faculty and the philosophy department.

He majored in philosophy and minored in psychology, religion, and mathematics as an undergraduate at Georgetown College and earned the Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

An early member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and a founder of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, Dr. Kruschwitz received the George Walker Redding Faculty Award for Outstanding Christian Service from Georgetown College in 1997 for his leadership in integrating Christian faith with teaching and research. He co-edited The Virtues (Wadsworth, 1987), a pioneering anthology of recent essays on moral character, and his professional articles and reviews on ethics have appeared in Faith and Philosophy, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Faculty Dialogue, and The Thomist. His most recent research on the capital vice (deadly sins) tradition is appearing in commissioned articles for several anthologies.

Ian Gravagne

Dr. Ian Gravagne is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the Faculty Master for Teal Residential College. He lives on campus with his wife Ann and three children, who can be found enjoying Dr Pepper Hour in the Teal lobby with the students every week.

He obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. Dr. Gravagne's research interests include mathematical modeling and dynamic equations on time scales. He teaches the capstone Senior Engineering Design course along with technical elective courses in solar energy and robotics. Dr. Gravagne also has wide-ranging interests in Christian apologetics and works with colleagues across campus to sponsor talks and small group discussions on that subject for students in Teal.

Michael Beaty

Dr. Michael Beaty is Professor of Philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy (2005-present) at Baylor University, which he joined in 1987. Previously, he served at his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University, from 1975-1987. At Baylor, he also served as Vice Provost for Faculty Development (2002-2005) and founded the Institute for Faith and Learning (1997-2002), serving as its first director. He graduated with a major in philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University (1972) and was director of student recruiting from 1972-1974. He also attended the United States Military Academy (1968-70).

Like Bob Kruschwitz, Beaty was a founder of the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers and he has served at president and member of the executive board. He has planed that biennial summer seminar on several occasions. He has been a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers since its founding. He is author of over 50 scholarly essays on Christian higher education, and in philosophy of religion and moral philosophy and the editor or co-editor of four books including, Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education.

BJ Parker

B. J. Parker is a second year PhD student in the Religion Department at Baylor University. Before beginning his PhD, he completed an MA in Religion at Baylor, his MDiv at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, and his BA in Biblical Studies with minors in Christian Education and Biblical Languages at Atlanta Christian College. After graduating from Atlanta Christian College he worked in campus ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. B. J. plans to focus on Old Testament studies during his PhD at Baylor and anticipates graduating in 2017.

Katie Robbins

Katie Robbins is a 2nd year PhD student in the Higher Education Studies and Leadership program in the School of Education at Baylor University. Prior to starting her PhD, Katie completed a MS in Biology at Baylor University, and a BA in Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After completing her MS, Katie began her PhD program by studying the foundations of higher education at Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Katie is interested in exploring moral identity development and organizational dynamics, during her PhD at Baylor and intends to graduate in May 2018.