Text title treatment: Dialogue with the Deans

Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences

Shelley Conroy, Dean & Professor

Shelley Conroy

What is the greatest challenge or opportunity that students in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences (RCHHS) will face, and how is Baylor preparing them to face/address it?

Strengthening Baylor's interdisciplinary collaboration in health related fields, RCHHS provides students with the opportunity to make a pivotal impact in a variety healthcare disciplines. The ever-changing field of healthcare now demands Baylor to have a more contemporary approach to cover a wide range between the medical field and health sciences. Together our effort at RCHHS emphasizes health and promotes quality of life to include: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health, Human Performance and Recreation and the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. We are proud to offer health-related programs that meet the need of nearly one in three students at Baylor who strive to pursue a rewarding career in healthcare.

What do you hope students in the RCHHS gain during their time at Baylor?

RCHHS is dedicated to broader scope of curricula that promotes a team-based approach to patient care and establishes interdisciplinary research collaborations to advance solutions for improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. We draw upon Baylor's Christian mission and tradition in healthcare to prepare scholars and leaders who can translate theory into practice and advance knowledge of health, human behavior and quality of life.

What is the most significant thing Baylor graduates from the RCHHS offer to the world?

In context with Baylor's commitment to integrate faith and academic excellence, RCHHS graduates gain an unparalleled education dedicated to health and wellness, research and community engagement.

What is the most exciting/meaningful thing about being dean of Baylor's RCHHS?

I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve a two-year appointment as the inaugural dean for RCHHS while also continuing as dean of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. It is so exciting to be on the team that developed the mission and vision for RCHHS and laid the groundwork for the future. I love being creative!

Do you have a mentor/memory or experience from your time at Baylor (or elsewhere) that deeply influenced who/where you are today?

I was in high school during the time my father was stationed in Germany, and I had the opportunity to volunteer one summer in the Army hospital there. I was instantly connected to the work that I saw nurses doing with people who were hurting and vulnerable in so many ways. From that point on, I knew that nursing was my calling.

Is there anything you want alumni or parents to know about you or your plans for the RCHHS? Please explain.

By uniting four existing health-related academic units through RCHHS, we are creating a forward-looking structure to advance the University's commitment to health-related education and research. Together we share a common purpose of improving the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. We look forward to promoting collaborative interdisciplinary research with our colleagues and external partners. We see great opportunities for future growth and development of programs that address our mission.