Seminars, Institutes & Retreats


Seminars for Excellence in Teaching

Since 2008, the Academy for Teaching and Learning has hosted a series of one-hour Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (SET) to help colleagues meet the historic expectations of excellence in teaching at Baylor. For new Teachers of Record (TOR), SET satisfy SACS requirements for professional development in teaching. For more experienced TOR, SET facilitate the sharing of ideas and insights about teaching and learning today and encourage participants to renew their commitments to inspirational teaching. SET are also a valuable resource in the preparation of graduate student Teachers of Record.

All members of the Baylor community are invited to attend SET in accord with our core commitments to seek learning and apply knowledge and to pursue excellence through continuous improvement.

Click on the link above to see the schedule for topics, dates, and times. Participants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have questions, contact the ATL at or by phone at (254) 710-4064.

Institutes & Retreats

Communio: A Retreat for Baylor Educators 

If Christian universities are to pursue excellence in teaching and research while deepening their religious commitment, they must provide significant opportunities for their faculty and staff to reflect upon the relationship between learning and faith and the mission of Christian higher education.

Offered each May since 2001 by the Institute for Faith and Learning, Communio: A Retreat for Baylor Educators, seeks to meet this important faculty development need at Baylor. The five-day retreat features guest lectures and guided discussions by noted Christian thinkers, common meals and worship, and other activities that encourage collegiality among faculty members as they explore together their common aims as Christian educators at Baylor.

Among a multitude of goals, Communio aims at three in particular. The retreat first aims to acquaint faculty with a theological understanding of vocation/calling. Secondly, it aims to explore the implications of Christian calling for academic life in both its teaching and scholarly dimensions. Lastly, Communio aims to enhance faculty readiness to help mentor students in discerning and responding to their own Christian vocation.

Click on the link above to learn more about Communio. This is an annual retreat sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning. If you have questions, contact the IFL by phone at (254) 710-4805.

Summer Faculty Institute 

During the Summer Faculty Institute participants will converse about and otherwise explore elements of teaching, research, and collegiality extending from constructing syllabi to managing preparation-time wisely, from enlisting colleagues as critics of our writing to managing writing-time wisely, from serving on departmental committees to taking part in the conversation about what it means to be a Tier-One Christian University.

Click on the link above to learn more about the activities, dates, and other information. SFI is available to full-time faculty with a contract for the upcoming academic year. If you have questions, contact the ATL at or by phone at (254) 710-4064.

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