A Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Studies, Dr. Nicole McAninch teaches Individual & Family Financial Management, Family Life Education & Ethics, Child & Family Ministry, and Professional Practices. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty in 2009, Dr. McAninch served for three years as a Career Advisor in the Career Services department at Baylor.
Dr. McAninch’s research explores family resource management and the intentional cultivation of family life. Dr. McAninch and her colleague, Dr. Karen Melton, have developed and published the Intentional Family Model which portrays the nexus of family goal-setting, resource management, and healthy functioning. They are set to launch the Intentional Family website in May 2018, a resource designed to support families and professionals in the development of intentional family life. Dr. McAninch writes articles and training videos for family and children’s ministry leaders and has served a local church for over 15 years.
Living in Kokernot with Dr. McAninch is her husband, Chad, and their three children: Catelin (7), Callie (5), and Caleb (3). The family enjoys inviting Kokernot students into their family life as they live out their values of authenticity, generosity, courage, and peace. About the Kokernot FIR appointment, Dr. McAninch says, "It is such an honor to join the Kokernot team who serve students with such excellence. My family and I are excited to live out our call to community with the residents and leaders. The first-year transition to college is such an important season of life, and I look forward to walking this journey with students as they cultivate a sense of identity, purpose, and community at Baylor."