Announcement of New Faculty-in-Residence for Earle Hall and Brooks Flats

April 7, 2022

Campus Living & Learning, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office and the Prehealth Studies Office, is pleased to announce Dr. Karenna Malavanti as the new Faculty-in-Residence for Earle Hall beginning fall 2022!

Dr. Karenna MalavantiDr. Karenna Malavanti is a Senior Lecturer and the Neuroscience Advisor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She regularly teaches Introduction to Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and Cognition. Dr. Malavanti is a three-time Baylor alumna. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience in 2010, M.A. in Psychology in 2012, and Ph.D. in Experimental Cognitive Psychology in 2014.Dr. Malavanti’s primary research interest is in applied cognition and human memory. She has two broad areas of research, legal psychology (i.e., efficacy of juror instructions and expert testimony, eyewitness memory in bilinguals, optimal line-up procedures) and applying cognitive psychology to education (i.e., increasing retention of course material, optimal teaching and learning strategies).

Dr. Malavanti has previously served as an assistant professor of Psychology at Carson-Newman University where she was privileged to serve as faculty-in-residence. For her work with students, she was honored with the Excellence in Academic Advising award (2016), student government’s Staff Appreciation Award (2016), and Student Advocate of the Year award (2017).  Dr. Malavanti joined the Psychology & Neuroscience department at Baylor in 2017. In 2018, she traveled with Baylor students to Guatemala on a medical mission trip during spring break, which was a great introduction to living alongside Baylor students. Dr. Malavanti has been honored for excellence in teaching by the Office of the Provost and Academy for Teaching and Learning; she was recognized as a Baylor Fellow in 2018-2019. 

Dr. Malavanti is an active member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), most recently serving as co-chair for the Early Career Psychologists committee. She regularly presents scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), innovative teaching practices, and professional development workshops at national teaching conferences in Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr. Malavanti greatly enjoys sharing knowledge through evidence-based teaching and student-centered course design and hopes her students love learning about the mind and the brain as much as she does. She is excited and honored to serve as faculty-in-residence for Earle Hall and the Science & Health Living-Learning Center.

Joining Dr. Malavanti in this role as Faculty-in-Residence at Earle Hall will be her husband, Matthew, and her daughter, Mila (1). They are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Waco. “Baylor changed my life. As a first-generation college student, I didn’t know what to expect from college. I quickly learned that Baylor faculty, staff, and students cared about me and my future! I can’t wait to be part of this nurturing, Christian community more intentionally by living alongside students at Earle Hall. Our family motto is ‘the future is bright,’ and we can’t wait to share this light as FIR.”

Special thanks to the interview committee members for their time and dedication to this important project!

  • Sienna Antoniolli, Earle Hall Residence Hall Director
  • Michelle Diaz, Science & Health LLC Program Director
  • Cameron Dvorcek, Science & Health LLC Student Leader
  • Dr. Marty Harvill, Senior Lecturer of Biology
  • Mr. Brent Phillips, Professor, School of Music, Trombone, and current Faculty-in-Residence for University House in North Village
  • Dr. Rich Sanker, Senior Director of Prehealth Programs and Undergraduate Research
  • Benjamin Suhl, Community Leader for Earle Hall 


Campus Living & Learning, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office and the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, is pleased to announce Dr. Lee Grumbles as the new Faculty-in-Residence for Brooks Flats beginning fall 2022!

Dr. Lee GrumblesDr. Lee Grumbles is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation. He regularly teaches New Venture Finance, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Process, and Starting and Managing a Small Business. Dr. Grumbles received his B.A. in 2001 from Texas A&M University, M.B.A. in 2012 from Sam Houston State University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2020 from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Grumbles’ primary research interest examines the relationship between new venture signals and investor legitimacy. He has specifically explored how new ventures can strategically leverage specific signals when competing for external capital.

Prior to joining Baylor University, Dr. Grumbles was a Vice President of Commercial Banking for 17 years and has extensive experience working with entrepreneurial ventures. During his time in industry, Dr. Grumbles had the privilege of mentoring new bankers in various aspects of banking, such as B2B sales, risk assessment, and portfolio management.

Dr. Grumbles is a member of the Academy of Management and is active within the field, developing and presenting entrepreneurship research. He is also currently a member of the Global Advisory Committee for the McBride Center for International Business, which focuses on study abroad initiatives within Baylor University. Dr. Grumbles is a strong proponent for active learning and regularly works at improving this teaching style, attending experiential teaching workshops and was recently appointed an active learning fellowship in the fall of 2021. 

Dr. Grumbles is married to Lauren Grumbles and they have two children, Ethan (13) and Avery (10). They have been active members of Faithbridge United Methodist Church for many years. “I am so excited and looking forward to working with the next generation of entrepreneurial minds. Not only is this an amazing opportunity for students to collaborate with each other on new ideas and opportunities, but also for me in helping bring these ideas to fruition.”

Special thanks to the interview committee members for their time and dedication to this important project!

  • Dr. Kendall Artz, Director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise and Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Jillian Haag, Residence Hall Director, Brooks Flats Hall
  • Mr. Shaun Limbers, Associate Director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise
  • Mr. Brent Phillips, Professor, School of Music, Trombone, and current Faculty-in-Residence for North Village University House
  • Kylin Richardson, Community Leader for Brooks Flats
  • Lauren Ross, Program Director, Business & Innovation Living-Learning Center
  • Nick Sapp, Business & Innovation LLC Student Leader
  • Tyler Self, Clinical Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Corporate Innovation