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Senior Lecturer in Religion
Dr. Burleson teaches world religions. Texas Monthly 2004 Guide to Texas Colleges and Universities listed "Religion with Blake Burleson" as one of the four "best classes" at Baylor University. He teaches primarily in the Department of Religion, but he has also taught African Studies and Sports Ethics. He has traveled extensively on the African continent since 1978 and directed the African Studies Program at Baylor from 1996 to 2003. He is the author of Pathways to Integrity: Ethics and Psychological Type (200), Jung in Africa (2005), and Entempling: Baptist Wisdom for Contemplative Prayer (2012). A member of the International Association of Jungian Studies and a member of the Advisory Board for Spring Journal, he has given public lectures and presented academic papers on Jungian studies in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. In 2007, Burleson was invited to give a plenary address to the XVII International Congress of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Burleson, an ordained minister, and has served Baptists as educator, administrator, pastor, missionary, chaplain, deacon, and Sunday School teacher.
In his role as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Burleson serves the 26 departments of the College of Arts and Sciences and their 6,500 undergraduates. He is responsible for strategic development, implementation, and oversight of systems and programs to improve the College's recruitment, retention, and graduation of undergraduates.
Academic Interests and Research:
C. G. Jung, psychological type, spirituality, Wisdom Traditions, East African religions, African Studies
Professional Awards and Activities:
Member of the International Association of Jungian Studies
Member of American Academy of Religion
Member of the African Studies Association
Grants and Fellowships:
2011 University Research Committee Grant, Baylor University
2007 Summer Research Sabbatical, Baylor University
2005 University Research Committee Grant, Baylor University
2002 University Research Committee Grant, Baylor University
1998 Summer Research Sabbatical, Baylor University
1995 Summer Research Sabbatical, Baylor University
1995 University Research Committee Grant, Baylor University
1995 Faculty Development Grant, Baylor University
1992 Faculty Development Grant, Baylor University
1991 Teaching Fellowship, Summer Teaching Institute, Baylor University
1985-86 Dissertation Fellowship, Baylor University
Selected Research Articles:
"The Baynes Film of Jung's 1925-1926 Expedition to East Africa" in Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture Vol. 85, Spring, 247-303.
"Jung in Africa: The Historical Record" in Journal of Analytical Psychology, Vol. 53, 2008; pp. 209-223;
"The Branch Davidians from a Jungian Perspective," Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche (formerly The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal), Vol. 16, No. 2, 1997, pp. 5-27;
"Fishing for Our Souls: David Duncan's The River Why as Masculine Individuation" in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 41-54.
Entempling: Baptist Wisdom for Contemplative Prayer (2012)
Jung in Africa (2005)
Pathways to Integrity: Ethics and Psychological Type (2001)
Courses Taught at Baylor