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Graduate School Staff Directory

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Dean LyonJ. Larry Lyon

Dean of Baylor Graduate School

Dr. Lyon earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Sociology and joined the Baylor Sociology Department in 1975. He began serving as Dean of Baylor's Graduate School in 1998. He is a Vice Provost, a Professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Baylor Center for Community Research and Development. His research interests include community sociology and the sociology of religion.

Dr. Laine ScalesT. Laine Scales

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Laine Scales received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her M.S.W. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education at 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 and in 2008 she moved to the School of Education as Professor of Higher Education, Educational Administration department. Dr. Scales teaches in the Ph.D. program 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 future faculty 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. She served as Faculty in Residence, living among first-year students. She was state co-coordinator for Texas with the Office for Women in Higher education from 2006-08 and co-founder of Baylor's annual Women in the Academy conference. Her daughter April is a Baylor Bear as well.

Dr. Lance LittlejohnLance Littlejohn

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Littlejohn joined the Baylor faculty as the Chair of the Mathematics Department in January, 2007. Prior to coming to Baylor he taught at Utah State University (1983-2006) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (1981-1983). He obtained his B.Sc. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from the University of Western Ontario before earning his Ph.D. at Penn State University.

Dr. Littlejohn's research areas include spectral theory of differential operators and special functions. When not working on research problems, he loves to study mathematics in other subjects (especially number theory) and to read popular books on mathematics and on various mathematicians.

Dr. Denny Krammer Denny B. Kramer

Senior Assistant Dean and Coordinator, Baylor-U.S. Military Graduate Programs

Dr. Kramer joined the Graduate School in 2007. As Senior Assistant Dean, Kramer oversees enrollment management and academic technology. He also manages the Graduate School budget and works with program directors and faculty in the Army-Baylor graduate health sciences programs.

Dr. Kramer earned his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and joined the Baylor University faculty in the Information Systems Department in 2001. An award-winning teacher, Kramer teaches a limited number of courses in addition to his administrative responsibilities. He and his wife, Deanne, are co-advisors of Baylor's Golden Key International Honour Society.

Dr. Chris Rios Christopher M. Rios

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

Dr. Rios joined the Graduate School staff in 2011 after earning his Ph.D. from Baylor University. In addition to his service in the Graduate School, he teaches select undergraduate courses in the Department of Religion and is the faculty sponsor of the Graduate Student Association.


Sandra B. HarmanSandra B. Harman

Dissertation & Thesis Coordinator

Mrs. Harman came to Baylor in 1987 and has worked with graduate education most of that time. Review of dissertations and theses is one of her primary roles in the Graduate School, along with the administration of the Graduate School Travel Awards program.

Anna Henderson

Anna Henderson

Administrative Manager, Office of the Dean

Anna has been with the Graduate School since 2007. She began working at Baylor as an undergrad and has experience in Baylor's Office of Institutional Effectiveness/SACS, University Development, and the University Libraries. Anna is the manager for the tuition and stipend authorization system (TSA). She also administers stipend enhancements and the Presidential Scholars fund, organizes Graduate Council meetings, oversees the degree proposal process, and coordinates the annual Academic Leadership Seminar for Baptist Universities. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor in 1991 and is currently working on a Master of Theological Studies degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Diane Hunt

Diane Hunt

Graduate Admissions Analyst

She oversees the reception of all admissions materials, as well as coordinating training and work schedules for graduate and undergraduate student workers. Additionally, she communicates with applicants and graduate departments regarding the status of in-progress applications, and assists departments in the processing of admission decisions.

Lori McNamara

Lori McNamara

Assistant to Senior Assistant Dean
Admissions Coordinator

In her role directing the operations of the Graduate Admissions office, Lori acts as an administrator for access to the Graduate School's admissions database, prepares and updates the online listing of Graduate Faculty, and works to keep the online Graduate application updated. She also aids the Senior Assistant Dean with enrollment management and handles recruiting funds for the graduate school.

Emily Corntassel

Emily Corntassel

Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Specialist

Emily is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned her B.A. in strategic communications. She is responsible for planning and executing the graduate school's communication plan. She produces content for the graduate school's website, social media page and recruitment materials. Emily also works closely with admissions. She helps process applications and communicates with students regarding their application status.

Sherry G. Sims

Sherry G. Sims

Director of the Graduate School Office

Sherry has been part of the Baylor family since 1979 when she started in Academic Records as Assistant Director. She transferred to the Graduate School as the Admissions Coordinator in 1981. She eventually moved into the role of Director of Admissions and Records and now uses her knowledge of the campus functions to oversee the operation of the Graduate School office and perform many administrative duties for the Graduate Dean. Sherry serves as the degree planner for all graduate programs. It is her responsibility to certify students for graduation. She also serves as the Secretary and Coordinator of the Graduate Curriculum Committee and works closely with the administration to implement changes to existing curriculum, policy changes, new degree programs, and new courses. She is also responsible for the Graduate Catalog and making sure all policies and degree plans are included and current. Sherry received her B.S.Ed. from Baylor in 1982.

Alanna Martinez

Alanna Martinez

Assistant for Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Alanna joined the Graduate School in June 2014. She provides oversight for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor awards, assists with Graduate Student Orientation and the New Graduate Program Director Orientation, helps manage the website, supports the Graduate Student Teachers of Record and BCU Scholars, maintains working relations with the Graduate Student Association and performs other various duties in professional development for graduate students.