Announcement of New Faculty-in-Residence for Heritage and Texana Houses

Nov. 16, 2020

Campus Living & Learning, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office, is pleased to announce Professor Steven Pounders as the new Faculty-in-Residence for Heritage House, and Dr. Lesley McAllister, as the new Faculty-in-Residence for Texana House, beginning spring 2021!

Professor Steven PoundersProfessor Steven Pounders, MFA, is a professor in the department of Theatre Arts. He joined the Baylor Faculty in 2002 and continues to work as a professional actor and director with theatre productions in Texas, New York, and other regions, including Off Broadway premieres and as a company member with the Resonance Ensemble in New York City. He has held membership in Actors Equity Association for over 30 years.

Professor Pounders is no stranger to Campus Living & Learning as he previously served as Faculty-in-Residence from 2008 until 2015 for University House and then Heritage House.  He also helped to create the Fine Arts LLC, now housed in Heritage House.  As FIR, he promoted meaningful interactions with students and supported their artistic endeavors within the community.  For his previous service as FIR, he received the Student Life Outstanding Faculty Partner award in 2015.

Before coming to Baylor in 2002, Professor Pounders received his graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught at Abilene Christian University. He is a certified teacher of Meisner Acting Technique and has stage combat certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors. Alongside the performance courses that he teaches for undergraduates, Professor Pounders also serves as a member of the graduate faculty and mentors graduate student directors. He serves on the Creative Arts Experience Committee, which oversees the CAE program in the Fine Arts core curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Convocation Committee, which oversees Baylor’s annual convocation for the freshman class. He received the Baylor Centennial Professor Award in 2016.

Joining Professor Pounders in Heritage House is his wife, Hope.  “I am eager to join the students and staff of the Fine Arts Living-Learning Center at Heritage House. Having often shared artistic, academic, and spiritual experiences with the Fine Arts LLC in the past, I am excited to begin this new journey of living and learning together.” 

Dr. Lesley McAllisterDr. Lesley McAllister is Professor of Piano and Director of Piano Pedagogy in Baylor’s School of Music. She is a pianist, yoga instructor, and advocate for using yoga, sport psychology research, and mind/body relaxation techniques as a way to help musicians of every age reach peak performance. 

Dr. McAllister received her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, and she is a regular coach for musicians, providing workshops on mind/body relaxation techniques, such as imagery, meditation, mental rehearsal, and yoga for musicians. She also serves as chair of the Wellness Committee for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, President of the Waco Music Teachers Association, secretary for Baylor's chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national honor society for music students, faculty advisor for the Baylor chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, and a member of the Cherry Award Committee at Baylor. 

Dr. McAllister is also an author of two books related to musician wellness. Her first book, The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance, serves as the very first textbook meant for musician wellness classes.  Her second, and newly released book, Yoga in the Music Studio, was published through Oxford University Press.  Her research contributions have led to her receiving a 2019 Outstanding Faculty Award for Research among tenured professors. 

Joining Dr. McAllister in this role as Faculty-in-Residence at Texana House will be her husband, Dr. Scott McAllister, who serves as Professor of Composition for Baylor University's School of Music, and their two youngest sons, Cooper (8), and Camden (3).  "My family and I are so excited to connect with the students living at Texana House and walk with them during this important stage of their undergraduate experience. We look forward to building a community with them at the residence hall where everyone supports and encourages one another to meet their goals on the path that God has set for them."