New Faculty-in-Residence for Kokernot and Texana House Announced

June 11, 2014

Campus Living & Learning is pleased to announce Dr. Jeffrey C. Petersen as the next Faculty-in-Residence for Kokernot Hall. Dr. Petersen currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, and acts as the program coordinator for the Sport Management Graduate Program, along with fulfilling the duties of the Graduate Program Director for the HHPR Department. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2009 following appointments at Ball State University (Muncie, IN) from 2004-2009, where he was an assistant professor and director of the undergraduate Sport Administration Program, and Loras College (Dubuque, IA) where he was an assistant professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies, along with working as the division chairperson. Petersen has also worked in athletic administration, teaching and coaching at the secondary level in New Mexico.

Dr. Jeffrey PetersenDr. Petersen earned his B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from Taylor University (Upland, IN), his M.A. in Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, NM), and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Sport Administration. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and made over 100 scholarly presentations related to his research lines in sport facility design and management, sport marketing and sponsorship, the Youth Olympic Games, and sport management pedagogical methods. Joining him in this Faculty-in-Residence endeavor is his wife, Sherry, who along with Jeff, is an avid runner and an active volunteer leader of women’s ministries at their church. They also have three children (Jeremy, Baylor sophomore, Joel, junior at Midway High School, and Jadie, 8th grader at Midway Middle School), and a miniature dachshund named Dash.

“The Faculty-in-Residence Program has tremendous potential for adding to a vibrant campus community as a part of the Living & Learning components within Baylor University’s residential life initiatives,” Petersen stated. “This promises to be a tremendous adventure for our entire family, and we are looking forward to forming strong connections with the students of the Kokernot residential community. The ability to take an active role within the Baylor campus community on a 24/7 basis and to enhance the educational experience of these students is indeed an honor and blessing.”

We are also pleased to present Mr. Brian Elliott as the next Faculty-in-Residence for Texana House located in the North Village Residential Community. Brian has served for over 20 years as a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Interns in the Film & Digital Media Division of the Communication Studies Department. His primary teaching interests focus on film/TV production, screenwriting, entertainment management and faith & media.

Brian ElliottIn addition to his work at Baylor, Brian is an award-winning producer-writer-director whose projects have taken him to 11 countries and 5 continents. His most recent feature screenplay, Blur Circle, is currently shooting in and around Central Texas. Brian is also in development with the project The Time It Never Rained, an adaptation of the novel written by prolific western writer Elmer Kelton.

Brian received both his B.A. and M.A. from Baylor University. Throughout the years he has served on various committees, but it was his involvement with the Board of Advisors for the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center that spurred his interest in being a Faculty-in-Residence. “When people ask why I want to serve in this position, the answer is fairly simple. My life was extraordinarily changed because a few mentors sacrificed their time to invest in me. I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to give away in some small measure what was given to me.” Brian considers it his greatest honor to share life with his incredible wife Susan and his two awesome sons, Tim (21) and Ben (18).

Dr. Jeff Doyle, dean for student learning and engagement, said “Student Life and the Provost’s Office have been impressed with the quality and quantity of the Faculty-in-Residence candidates in recent years. Both of these hires will only serve to further highlight the formative role Baylor faculty have on students living in our residential communities. Students are going to find it easy to get to know Brian Elliott. His calm demeanor and heart for learning from others will enable him to build strong bonds with students that will ultimately play a part in transforming their lives. Jeff Petersen also possesses several key ingredients for a person to be successful in the Faculty-in-Residence role. His desire to help students succeed, his inquisitive approach to learning, and his love for our Lord will guide him and his family in becoming an integral piece of the Kokernot community.”

We also express deep gratitude for the diligent service provided by the following search committee members:

  • Dr. Jennifer Good, Brooks Flats Faculty-in-Residence
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cano, Pre-Law Coordinator
  • David Copeland, Assistant Director for Resident Learning
  • Sakina Trevathan, Kokernot Residence Hall Director
  • Joe Oliver, North Village Residential Community Director
  • Julianna Marraccino, Kokernot Community Leader Mentor
  • Alex Hawkins, Kokernot Community Leader