David Lyle Jeffrey Appointed Associate Provost

April 26, 2001

by Larry D. Brumley

Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University, has been appointed associate provost by President Robert B. Sloan Jr. The appointment is effective June 1.

In the newly created position, Jeffrey will work with Provost Donald D. Schmeltekopf on the recruitment of new faculty, particularly University and Distinguished Professors. He also will be a resource and mentor for junior faculty in the development of their scholarly objectives.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Jeffrey will be assisting deans and department chairs in the identification of outstanding scholar-teachers to join the Baylor faculty," Schmeltekopf said. "He is a highly respected scholar and has extensive contacts with academics all over the world."

Jeffrey, who will continue to serve as Distinguished Professor and maintain his office in the English department, joined the Baylor faculty from the University of Ottawa in the fall of 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College and his master's degree and doctorate from Princeton University. He began his tenure at Ottawa in 1978, serving as professor and chair of the English department. He was named inaugural Professor of the Year in 1995 and elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1996.

A noted scholar in medieval studies and the Bible and literature, Jeffrey is the author or editor of 12 books, including People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture, which was named one of Christianity Today's Top Ten Books of 1997.

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