Volume 2 Number 2
Dear Alumni and Friends,
As a newcomer to Baylor and the School of Education, I am frequently asked a variety of questions. Following the almost obligatory “How do you like Baylor?” or “What brings (or attracted) you to Baylor?” question, comes “So, what are your goals for the School?” The last of these always brings a little internal conflict for me. I have long been a believer and proponent of “servant leadership” where the goal is, significantly, to help the organization grow and develop to meet its own aspirations or, in the absence of such aspirations, to orchestrate discussion to define those. Yet, leaders are not devoid of goals and are typically expected to articulate those goals for the organization.
Having met one-on-one with nearly every faculty and staff member in the School and a sampling of alumni and other constituents, I have begun identifying a variety of goals and issues that I believe define future directions for the School of Education. Besides several organizational issues that need tending, these include:
• Ensuring all programs are world-class,
• Creating new and renewed programs, especially doctoral programs,
• Increasing enrollment in existing programs (especially those with capacity to prepare professionals in high-need and shortage fields),
• Advancing the School’s research profile while maintaining and enhancing its commitment to high-quality undergraduate education and its Christian orientation,
• Enhancing the School’s visibility and reputation,
• Promoting the development of the Waco community, especially K-12 schooling and relevant aspects of community health and human development, and
• Securing needed human and fiscal resources.
For now these are Dean-formulations and, in the spirit of collaborative leadership, they will be scrutinized and, no doubt, revised as broader ownership and consensus is sought. We hope you will be part of the formation and realization of these dreams. These statements do begin, I believe, to address the question of broad goals and aspirations for the School. In accordance with the name of this newsletter, the broadest goal of the School of Education, dare I say mission, is “impact.” In this issue, we introduce you to new faculty in the School and share some examples of how our programs have made a positive impact. As you read these, I do hope you will join us in celebrating and sharing them.
Jon M. Engelhardt
Dean, School of Education