Advisory Council

Bill Bellinger

W. H. Bellinger, Jr. holds the W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chair in Bible and serves as Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Baylor University. His teaching area is the Hebrew Scriptures and he enjoys working with upper-level undergraduate classes and graduate seminars in keeping students engaged in learning with a variety of group learning activities. His latest publication is the second edition of a volume designed for the classroom - Psalms: A Guide to Studying the Psalter, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012).

Ellen Filgo

Ellen Filgo is an E-Learning Librarian in the Reference and Instruction Department of Baylor University Libraries. This means that in addition to providing reference and instruction services to students and faculty at Baylor, she designs and creates online instructional materials. She also investigates ways that new generations of students are using the internet and how that can be connected with the online resources the library provides. Filgo is interested in how computer technologies, new media and Web 2.0 enable people to create their own webs of learning.

Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen is an Associate Professor and Director of the Film & Digital Media program in the Department of Communication Studies. He teaches primarily workshop-oriented creative courses, such as Directing and Screenwriting. His focus is on innovative methods for teaching and assessing creativity in the classroom.

Tim Logan

Tim Logan graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History in 1975 and the University of Texas at Austin, receiving an MFA in theatrical design in 1981. Tim has been at Baylor University since 1981, starting as the technical director and lighting designer for the Theater Arts department. Over the years, Tim has worked on numerous projects in academic and library technology. Tim currently serves as the Associate Vice President for the Electronic Library at Baylor University, providing leadership for centralized academic computing and electronic library resources for faculty, staff, and students. Tim is active in EDUCAUSE, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, Texas Digital Library, and the New Media Consortium.

Gary Mortenson

Gary Mortenson is Dean of the School of Music at Baylor University. Prior to his appointment at Baylor, he served as the Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and professor of trumpet at Kansas State University. He received his education at Augustana College (BME), Ithaca College (MM), and The University of Texas (DMA). He was the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Publications Editor and served on the ITG Board of Directors for twelve years (2001-2013). During his tenure as editor, Mortenson represented ITG at major international trumpet competitions and conferences in Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2014 he received the ITG Award of Merit. Mortenson’s research on trumpet and brass pedagogy-related topics has been published in the Instrumentalist, Jazz Educator’s Journal, Music Educator’s Journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Stephen Reid

Stephen Reid has been teaching for over thirty years in seminaries in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. He served on staff at the Pre-Tenure Teaching Workshop for the Teaching and Learning Religion Center in Wabash. He also completed the Summer Faculty Institute as well as the New Media workshop at Baylor.

Laine Scales

T. Laine Scales is Associate Dean of Professional Development at the Baylor University Graduate School and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books, 40 articles and chapters, and presented over 50 professional papers and workshops in higher education and in social work. Her research interests include doctoral education, women in higher education, and Christian colleges and universities. She teaches masters- level students in Baylor's Higher Education and Student Affairs program and doctoral students in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (EDA 6302). In 2016, Scales was awarded the designation Master Teacher, Baylor's highest teaching honor.

Anne-Marie Schultz

Anne-Marie Schultz is Director of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and Associate Professor of Philosophy. She co-directed the SFI for several years and also served Graduate Director of the Philosophy Department and developed the teacher training course for philosophy graduate students. She is a popular teacher and well-known for her ability to create a discussion-centered learning environment in the classroom. She publishes on Plato, Augustine, Feminism, Popular Culture and issues related to teaching philosophy.

Elizabeth Vardaman

Elizabeth Vardaman is an associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2000, she became a charter member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) and has subsequently served as a member of the NAFA executive board and campus representative for many national scholarship schemes, including Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Fulbright. Additionally, she is involved in undergraduate initiatives and programs, including first-year experiences, undergraduate research, and Honors. See the national scholarship website at for more details of programming she administers.

Dianna Vitanza

Dianna Vitanza has held a number of administrative positions at Baylor, including Chair of the English Department, Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She received her B.A. from Baylor University, her M.A. from the University of Houston, and her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. Her scholarly interests include Victorian fiction, particularly the novels of George Eliot and Charlotte Bronte, and Victorian poetry, particularly the works of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She is also co-editor of two books on Christian higher education, The Baptist and Christian Character of Baylor and The Future of Baptist Higher Education.

Charles Weaver

Charles A. Weaver III has been at Baylor University since 1989, where he is a Professor and Chair of Psychology and Neuroscience. He has published numerous scientific articles, two books, and delivered more than 75 professional and scientific presentations. He has served as a forensic expert in civil and criminal cases in more than 25 states, and has testified in both federal and state courts. He has served on the editorial boards of five journals, including the Journal of Educational Psychology and served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. He is currently chair of a grant review panel for the U. S. Department of Education, and was recently named as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Rachel Woods

Rachel Woods is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. Licensed under the State Bar of Texas, she is an attorney-mediator and teaches negotiation, conflict resolution, and organizational leadership. She is the Founder and CEO of Leadership Trek Corporation, otherwise known as "LTrek," through which she has trained and consulted leaders world-wide. In 2010, Rachel developed a leadership development curriculum for women seeking public office in Bosnia and Nigeria through the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN). In 2011, Rachel consulted WDN in the development of women’s leadership schools to be launched in four different countries, a project of the United Nations Democracy Fund. Rachel authored the training manual and trained women from Georgia, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Cameroon, who now train women in their respective countries. Today, the WDN Leadership Schools have trained over 1000 women world-wide in 14 countries.


Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is a Baylor Master Teacher. He taught at Baylor for over 36 years, in the English Department and - since its inception - in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (World Cultures 1). Dr. Hanks states that “a university-level teacher must both teach well and produce new material in his/her field, either through research and publication or through public performance." Following that dictum, he earned every teaching award Baylor offers, and wrote or edited four books and twenty-seven articles as well. We deeply appreciate Tom's service to the Academy for Teaching and Learning and will forever count him as one of us.