Newly Minted Master Teachers
In March, three Baylor professors joined the storied ranks of Master Teachers — the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching: Robert F. Darden III, BSEd ’76, professor of journalism, public relations and new media; Dr. Anne-Marie Schultz, professor of philosophy and director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core; and Dr. Charles A. Weaver III, BS ’84, professor and chair of psychology and neuroscience.
Twenty-nine faculty members have received the designation of Master Teacher since 1982, when the title was first bestowed on professors Robert L. Reid, history, and Ann V. Miller, English.
“So many of the people before me on the Master Teachers list were my heroes — teachers I personally and professionally admired, people I strive to model after every single day. To be in their company makes me feel unworthy somehow, like it’s all been a mistake. I’m so honored that current colleagues feel this way about what I do.”
Robert F. Darden III, BSEd ’76
Professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media
“Baylor is a unique community of teachers and learners. I am proud it is my academic home. I am particularly proud of all the wonderful things my former students are doing out in the world to transform our culture. They serve as ministers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, reporters, human rights activists, investment bankers and small business entrepreneurs.”
Dr. Anne-Marie Schultz
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
“I am incredibly grateful to my colleagues in psychology and neuroscience who continue to model excellent teaching every day. They provide a striking example of what is possible when we combine research excellence with an unwavering commitment to teaching. I am perhaps most grateful to my students. I tell each class on the very first day that being able to teach them is the best part of my job. I mean it every time.”
Dr. Charles A. Weaver III, BS ’84
Professor and Chair of Psychology and Neuroscience
Giving Props to These Top Profs
As the spring semester drew to a close, Baylor announced recipients of teaching honors specific to the University: Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year, named for a 1918 graduate and revered teacher who served as chair of the biology department and as a continuing contributor to the campus intellectual community; Collins Outstanding Professor, an honor voted on annually by the senior class; and Centennial Professor, an award created by the Baylor Class of 1945.
Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
Dr. Andrea L. Dixon
Associate Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Center for Professional Selling
Collins Outstanding Professor
Dr. David Moseman
Senior Lecturer in Religion
Dr. Lisa Shaver
Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Joe C. Yelderman Jr.
Professor of Geosciences and Director of Baylor’s Wastewater Research Program and Director of TIEEES