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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 2009, 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.
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