Biography of Associate Dean Douglas Henry

Douglas Henry is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Honors College. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Professor Henry enjoys introducing students to his area of specialization, classical Greek philosophy, and he especially delights in helping students explore the artful interplay of drama and dialectic in Plato’s dialogues. He has taught students in all four of the Honors College programs in courses covering everything from Homer's Iliad to twenty-first-century great books such as Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and Cormac McCarthy's Road.

Dr. Henry’s scholarly work has addressed such varied writers as Plato, Boethius, John Bunyan, Iris Murdoch, Walker Percy, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI and diverse topics including allegory, divine hiddenness, doubt, freedom, hope, and love. He also has great interest in church-related higher education, and he has co-edited three books on the subject: Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation (Eerdmans, 2003), Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community (Baker Academic, 2005), and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2007).

He is the former director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning, he served six years as the live-in master of Brooks Residential College at Baylor, and he directs a summer study abroad program, Baylor in Turkey and Greece, in which his students walk the dusty plains of Troy, sail the wine-dark seas of the Aegean, stand atop the Areopagus, and marvel at Hagia Sophia. With Gretchen Van Dyke (University of Scranton), Dr. Henry is a mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, a national initiative supporting exceptionally well qualified young men and women interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.

At present, he is working on three book projects: Plato’s Euthyphro and the Character of Piety; Three Rival Versions of Education; and an as-yet untitled academic mystery novel.

He is married to Michele L. Henry, professor of choral music education and director of the music education division at Baylor, and he is the father of a ten-year-old son, Zachary. Henry enjoys cycling, running, college football and basketball, reading, and traveling. In his free time he is developing The Cloister at Cameron Park, a small pocket neighborhood in Waco, Texas in which his family is building their home.