Message from the Dean

This document highlights the extraordinary work of faculty and staff from the College of Arts & Sciences and other related academic units who worked diligently this past year on task forces outlined in our strategic plan A&Spire.  As a reminder, here are the five strategic themes in A&Spire:    

  • In Theme 1 you will see that the consultation teams, committees and task forces are working on the core curriculum, teaching pedagogy and technology, and merit scholarships/undergraduate research programs.    
  • In Theme 2 the task forces are discussing ways in which we can better position ourselves to help the University achieve its lofty research and graduate program aspirations –– especially in context of R1 goals shown in Illuminate.
  • Community outreach is a central focus of Theme 3, as well as improving communication regarding campus initiatives and beyond.  
  • Theme 4 overlaps with Theme 1 on undergraduate education and with Theme 2 on research and graduate education, but with an emphasis on health science programs and how to more effectively connect those programs with external constituencies.
  • Theme 5 provides the financial model for implementing A&Spire, combining revenues from fundraising activities, judicious stewardship and contributions from the University, and for preparation for the upcoming comprehensive fundraising campaign.   

I invite you to review all of the fourth-year accomplishments of these task forces, as well as the trajectory for their work in the coming year, by clicking on the sidebars in the upper right portion of this page.

For each Act of Determination in A&Spire where work remains to be done and goals have been defined for the coming year, we will pursue these goals within the framework of Baylor University's strategic plan, Illuminate. The faculty and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences will work together to provide leadership that not only fulfills our proposed aspirations, but that also contributes dynamically to the larger vision of our great university. Illuminate captures the vision and goals we articulated in A&Spire, as well as providing additional opportunities for teaching and research in the Arts & Sciences. As we move forward, I welcome your feedback.


Lee C. Nordt, Frieda Blackwell, Blake Burleson, Kevin Chambliss, David Cortes, Randy Fiedler, Carrolle Kamperman, Kim Kellison, Viola Osborn, Brian Raines, Elizabeth Vardaman, Ken Wilkins, Lynn Wisely