|Description||Dr. William Bellinger, chair of the Department of Religion, was named recipient of the Cornelia Marschall Smith Teaching Award during the spring semester, 2013. The topic of his Smith Professor of the Year Lecture will be "A Baylor Liberal Arts Education: Why Bother with the Older Testament."
The Cornelia Marschall Smith Award is presented annually to a Baylor faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor, including teaching which is judged to be of the highest order of intellectural acumen and pedagogical effectiveness, research which is recognized as outstanding by the national and/or international as well as local community of scholars, and service which is regarded as exemplary in building the character of intellectual community at Baylor.
Dr. Bellinger holds degrees from Furman University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Cambridge, with additional study at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1984 and was named chair of the religion department in 2006. He also holds the W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chair of Bible and is an Old Testament scholar.|