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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 director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, assistant professor of Christian philosophy and ethics at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy. Appointed as IFL's director in 2008, he oversees the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, various faculty and staff development efforts, and programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program.
Throughout his career he has taught broadly in the areas of moral philosophy and the history of ethics. He is also the author of articles and reviews in The Modern Schoolman, the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Reflection, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. His current research work focuses on moral philosophy, Christian ethics, and philosophy of education.
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.
Jason D. Whitt (B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University) is associate director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, joining IFL in 2009. He serves as a cohort leader in the Crane Scholars Program and teaches as adjunct faculty in the Great Texts Program. Additionally, he has taught courses in the department of religion and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.
His research interests are in the areas of political theology, ecclesiology, and theology of disability. His articles on Baptist political theology have appeared in Christian Reflection and Perspectives in Religious Studies. Currently, his research focuses on Christian understandings of disability and ecclesial practices shaping a theology of disability.
Ronny L. Fritz, Jr. (B.A., University of Dallas) is assistant director of the Institute for Faith and Learning. Mr. Fritz studied philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Dallas and as a graduate student at The Catholic University of America. Prior to joining the Institute in 2003, he worked in the library of the law firm Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti in Washington, DC. He is currently a master's candidate in information systems at Baylor.
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.
Heather Hughes (B.A., Baylor University; M.A., Baylor University) is publication specialist and project coordinator for the Institute for Faith and Learning. She serves as assistant editor of Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics. Ms. Hughes received her M.A. in English literature, focusing on 20th Century religion and literature, and has published several Christian Reflection articles on those and other subjects. She joined the Institute in 2013 after serving at the Center for Christian Ethics.