Laine Scales, Ph.D
Professor of Higher Education
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Higher Education), University of Kentucky at Lexington, 1994.
Masters of Social Work, Carver School of Church Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1986 (CSWE accredited)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and English), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
Philosophy of Teaching:
Teaching Statement: My teaching philosophy and method is congruous with the mission of Baylor which is "to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community." My teaching philosophy incorporates the following components that contribute to this mission:
Creating Learning Communities: I use a teaching plan that empowers students to take responsibility for their own and others' learning and to learn collaboratively. For example, I encourage students to work in task groups to create a product or debate a topic. In my classes, students review the work of their peers before submitting the product, thereby learning from one another and practicing the skill of giving feedback to one another. I emphasize to students that they are learning from one another, and that I am learning from them, in addition to their learning from me. Together we hold high standards and expectations for one another.
Critical Thinking: I encourage students to move beyond simple parroting of presentations they have heard. Students in my classes are required to critique theories presented and utilize what they already know and have experienced rather than simply repeating the teacher's ideas. Sometimes students resist this responsibility in the classroom and beg in frustration, "Just tell us the answers!" However, I believe that helping students learn how to learn is the responsibility of a good teacher. My involvement in using, writing, and editing decision case studies has provided me with a terrific tool for encouraging students to use critical thinking. There are no easy answers in a decision case, and students and professor are forced to evaluate together a variety of possible solutions.
An International Perspective: I am convinced that international experiences provide a unique preparation for students to become worldwide leaders. I often incorporate an international perspective in my course requirements and have directed a study abroad trip to Mexico since 2001.
Building Teaching Communities: In addition to creating our own classroom learning communities, I believe it is essential for teachers to create teaching communities for their own professional development. In 2001, I spearheaded a program of "teaching circles" within the SSR, which led to a university-wide "Teaching Commons" that I organized with other colleagues in 2006 (see http://www.baylor.edu/teachingcommons). Another example of community-building among teachers is my leadership in using decision cases. After attending a national working conference in 2000 that focused on teaching with cases, I shared this developing knowledge and skill as a co-presenter on case teaching at three national conferences. For the national and international social work community I authored two chapters on the pedagogy of case teaching and worked collaboratively to edit three collections of social work cases used by social workers in the U.S., Canada, and England, and possibly other countries as well.
Mentoring and Advising Students: I believe that advising consists of much more than simply helping students sign up for classes. We also work with each of our students to help them develop long-term plans for further graduate study and professional careers. In addition, I have had the opportunity to help two of my advisees with scholarly presentations, and to invite three of my graduate student advisees to publish articles in an encyclopedia for which I was Associate Editor. I have also co-authored an encylcopedia article with one of my advisees.
Baptist women in history of higher education, case method of teaching, integrating faith and social work practice.
Scales, T.L. and Streeter, C., & Cooper, H.S. eds. (2013). Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity, 2nd ed., Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Scales, T.L. and Kelly, M. (2013). Christianity and social work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, 4th ed.,New York, North American Christians in Social Work.
Scales, T.L., Singletary, J., & Cooper, H.S. (2011). Social Environments and Human Behavior: Contexts for Practice with Groups, Organizations, Communities, and Social Movements. Monterey, CA, Wadsworth/ Thompson Learning
Scales, T.L. and Wolfer, T.A. eds. (2006). Decision Cases for Generalist Practice: Thinking Like a Social Worker. Monterey, CA, Brooks/Cole, an imprint of Wadsworth.
Wolfer, T.A. and Scales, T.L. eds. (2006). Decision Cases for Advanced Practice, Thinking Like a Social Worker. Monterey, CA, Brooks/Cole, an imprint of Wadsworth.
Scales, T.L. (2000). "All That Fits a Woman": Training Southern Baptist Women for Charity and Mission, 1907-1926. Macon, GA, Mercer University Press.
Selected Recent chapters and articles:
Scales, T.L., and Singletary, J. (2013). "Social Workers and Rural Congregations: Partnering to Build Community Capacity." In T.L. Scales, C.L. Streeter, and H.S. Cooper, Eds. Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity, 2nd ed., Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp 175-85.
Smith, J.C.H. and Scales, T.L. (2013). "Stewardship: A Biblical Model for the Formation of Christian Scholars." Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 79-97.
Scales, T.L, Straughan, H.H., and Scales, A.T. (2013). "Making Peace in a World of Violence: Families and Congregations Participate in Healing Hurt Kids." In Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking and 21st Century Discipleship,R. Petersen, G. Stassen & T. Norton, eds., Eugene, Oregon, Pickwick Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Scales, T.L., Harris, H., Myers, D., Singletary, J. (2012). "Toward Integrating Faith and Practice: Students, Practitioners, and Faculty Share their Stories," In T.L. Scales and M. Kelly, Eds. Christianity and Social Work: Readings on the integration of Christian faith and social work practice, 4th ed., New York, North American Christians in Social Work, pp 129-51.
Scales, T.L. and Clarkson, C. (2011). "Preparing College Graduates for Mission: The Role of the Student Volunteer Movement in the Calling and Formation of a 'Baylor Girl,'" 1903-1907. Baptist History and Heritage, Vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 43-59.
Sriram, R., Scales, T.L., and Oster, M. (2011). "Between the ideal and the practical: Using assessment to find the balance." About Campus, Vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 26-9.
Shushok, F., Scales, T.L., Sriram, R., and Kidd, V. (2011). "A Tale of Three Campuses: Unearthing theories of residential life that shape the student learning experience." About Campus, Vol. 16, no.3, pp. 13-21.
Shushok, F., Sriram, R., Perkins, J. and Scales, T.L. (2011). "Students as Teachers: What Faculty Learn by Living on Campus." The Journal of College and University Housing, Vol. 38, no.1, pp.41-54.
Scales, T. L. (2011). "Accepting a Trust So Responsible: Christians Caring for Children at Buckner Orphan's Home, Dallas, Texas, 1879-1909." Social Work and Christianity, Vol.38, no.3, pp. 332-55.
Scales, T. L. and Kelly, M. S. (2011). "To Give Christ to the Neighborhood: A Corrective Look at the Settlement Movement and Early Christian Social Workers." Social Work and Christianity, Vol.38, no.3, pp. 356-76.
EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Scales holds an administrative appointment as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development, Baylor Graduate School. She also serves as the director of Baylor in Oxford.