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Who We Are
The Institute for Faith and Learning was founded in 1997 to assist Baylor in achieving its mission of integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment, and its goal of becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian heritage. Since its founding, the Institute has developed several major programs in support of this mission, cultivating high-quality research, sponsoring conferences, mentoring students, and encouraging teaching faithful to the Christian intellectual tradition.
Darin H. Davis (B.A., University of Texas; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., Saint Louis University) is vice president for university mission, director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, clinical associate professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. As director since 2008, he oversees IFL's numerous projects: the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; various faculty and staff development efforts for the University, including Communio, an annual retreat for Baylor educators; programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program; the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics; and an annual medical ethics lecture for area health care professionals.
His scholarly research focuses on Christian ethics, the history of moral philosophy, and higher education in America. His articles have appeared in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Reflection, International Journal of Christianity and Education, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century (St. Augustine's Press, 2016). He was recognized with a Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award in 2013. An ordained Baptist minister, he is also pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.
Jason D. Whitt (B.A., Ph.D., Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate director of the Institute for Faith and Learning. Joining IFL in 2009, he helps coordinate the annual Symposium on Faith and Culture, the Baylor Medical Ethics Banquet, the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics, other invited lectures, and programs for faculty and students. He also serves as sophomore cohort leader for the William Carey Crane Scholars Program.
His research interests are in the areas of disability, ecclesiology, and political theology. His articles have appeared in Perspectives in Religious Studies, Christian Reflection, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Christian Century, International Journal of Christianity and Education, and Review and Expositor. In addition to his work at IFL, he teaches as adjunct faculty in Baylor's medical humanities program.
Susan Pendleton Jones (B.A., Virginia Wesleyan College; M.Div., Duke University) will begin her service as senior scholar of the Institute for Faith and Learning on July 1.
Robert B. Kruschwitz (B.A., Georgetown College; Ph.D., University of Texas) is senior scholar in the Institute for Faith and Learning and professor of philosophy. He also 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.
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 articles and reviews on ethics have appeared in Faith and Philosophy, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Faculty Dialogue, and The Thomist.
Vickie V. Schulz (B.A., Baylor University) is administrative associate for the Institute for Faith and Learning. Mrs. Schulz joined the Institute staff in March 2004 after serving as circulation desk supervisor in the Baylor Law School Library. Her undergraduate degree is in history.
Matthew Bixler (B.S., M.Ed., Liberty University) is department business manager of the Institute for Faith and Learning. His role involves supporting the mission of the IFL through event planning, communications, and financial oversight. Matthew and his family moved to Waco in 2015.