New Faculties-in-Residence announced

May 24, 2017


Dr. Candi K. Cann was announced as the new Faculty-in-Residence for North Village Texana House starting in the fall.

Recently tenured, Dr. Cann teaches World Cultures, Social World, World Religions, Death and Dying in World Religions, and Buddhism at Baylor University, in both the BIC and the Religion department. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University, an M.A. in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and English from St. Andrews in North Carolina.

Dr. Cann's research focuses on death and dying, and the impact of remembering (and forgetting) in shaping how lives are recalled, remembered, and celebrated. She has published one book, Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century (2014), which focused on grief and memorialization in the contemporary world. She has two books pending publication, including, Dying to Eat: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife (anticipated 2017), and WhiteOut (anticipated 2018).

Dr. Cann has lived and worked in various regions of China, first working for the Amity Foundation in China, and later helping write the first Let's Go travel guide for China. Additionally, she has lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied at the Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones (DEI) in San Jose, Costa Rica, and heading the Latino Cultural Center (as GA) for two years at MIT. Currently, she is spearheading the Baylor in Hawaii Program, slated to start the summer of 2018.

Dr. Cann attempts to live well by pursuing her love of travel, reading, surfing, and writing poetry. Living in Texana House with Dr. Cann will be her 10-year-old daughter, Maia, who is currently a fourth grader at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School. Maia is as excited about moving to Texana, and excited to make many new friends. About the Texana FIR appointment, Dr. Cann says, "I am thrilled to live and fellowship with Baylor students in Texana House. I am excited to share God's call and Maia and I both look forward to opening our home and hearts with others while getting to be a part of the students' everyday lives."

Of this new appointment, Dr. Jeff Doyle, Dean for Student Learning & Engagement, said, “Student Learning & Engagement is excited to have Dr. Cann as the newest member of the now 15-person FIR Council! Her incredible experiences “doing community” with students in a variety of states and countries will allow her to become a mentor and guide to the women of Texana House in North Village. I continue to be amazed by the quality faculty at Baylor interested in living among and investing in our students.”


Campus Living & Learning is also delighted to announce that Dr. Clay Butler will become the first Faculty-in-Residence for Martin Hall starting in the fall. Dr. Butler currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in English and specializes in linguistic pragmatics. Dr. Butler has served in the Faculty-in-Residence role for the past two years in Texana House. Martin hall has been offline this academic year due to refurbishment and will reopen this coming fall. Dr. Butler has a passion for working with first-year students and is now excited to serve the first-year men of Martin.

Please feel free to share this announcement with others and congratulate our newest Faculty-in-Residence, Dr. Candi Cann, and thank Dr. Butler for his continued service!