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Graduate School Staff Directory

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Dean LyonJ. Larry Lyon

Vice Provost and Dean of Baylor Graduate School

Dr. Lyon earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Sociology and joined the Baylor Sociology Department in 1975. He began serving as Dean of Baylor's Graduate School in 1998. He is a Vice Provost, a Professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Baylor Center for Community Research and Development. His research interests include community sociology and the sociology of religion.

Dr. Laine ScalesT. Laine Scales

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Laine Scales received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her M.S.W. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky. She began her Baylor career in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work.

Since fall 2004, she has been Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development and in 2008 she moved to the School of Education as Professor of Higher Education, Educational Administration department. Dr. Scales teaches in the Ph.D. program Higher Education and Leadership Studies and serves as coordinator of the minor in Leadership Studies. Her doctoral course "Teaching & Learning in Higher Education" is popular among future faculty from a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books and over forty articles and chapters in the areas of case method teaching, rural social work, doctoral education, and history of Baptist women in higher education. She served as Faculty in Residence, living among first-year students. She was state co-coordinator for Texas with the Office for Women in Higher education from 2006-08 and co-founder of Baylor's annual Women in the Academy conference. Her daughter April is a Baylor Bear as well.

Dr. Steve G. DrieseSteve G. Driese

Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Driese joined the Baylor faculty as the Chair of the Geosciences Department in August, 2004, serving until 2013, when he became the Graduate Program Director. Prior to coming to Baylor he taught at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1982-2004). He obtained his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Driese has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and his research areas include reconstructing past landscapes, climates and atmospheric chemistry from fossil soils, which are known as "paleosols". His research investigations involve both field and laboratory components, and use modern soils as analogs for interpreting paleosols. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is an Honorary Member of SEPM (The Society for Sedimentary Geology).

Dr. Denny Krammer Denny B. Kramer

Associate Dean
Coordinator, Baylor-U.S. Military Graduate Programs

Dr. Kramer joined the Graduate School in 2007. As Associate Dean, Kramer oversees enrollment management and academic technology. He also manages the Graduate School budget and works with program directors and faculty in the Army-Baylor graduate health sciences programs.

Dr. Kramer earned his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and joined the Baylor University faculty in the Information Systems Department in 2001. An award-winning teacher, Kramer teaches a limited number of courses in addition to his administrative responsibilities.

Dr. Chris Rios Christopher M. Rios

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

Dr. Rios joined the Graduate School in 2011 after earning his Ph.D. from Baylor University. He works closely with Dr. Laine Scales in the area of professional development. He has created several new programs, including the Graduate Writing Center, STEM Professional Development Workshops, and Dissertation Writing Lab. He also designed Baylor’s Graduate Faculty Development Workshops. In addition, he manages graduate student benefits, including the Graduate School’s student insurance subsidy policy and parental accommodation, and is the faculty sponsor of the Graduate Student Association.

In addition to his service in the Graduate School, he teaches undergraduate courses in the Department of Religion and the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a historian of science and religion. His publications include After the Monkey Trial: Evangelical Scientists and a New Creationism (Fordham University Press, 2014).

Sandra B. HarmanSandra B. Harman

Dissertation & Thesis Coordinator

Mrs. Harman came to Baylor in 1987 and has worked with graduate education most of that time. Review of dissertations and theses is one of her primary roles in the Graduate School, along with the administration of the Graduate School Travel Awards program.

Anna HendersonAnna E. Henderson

Administrative Manager, Office of the Dean

Anna has been with the Graduate School since 2007. She began working at Baylor as an undergrad and has experience in Baylor's Office of Institutional Effectiveness/SACS, University Development, and the University Libraries. Anna is the manager for the tuition and stipend authorization system (TSA). She also administers stipend enhancements and the Presidential Scholars fund, organizes Graduate Council meetings, oversees the PhD assessment process, and manages the degree proposal process. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor in 1991.

Tosha HendricksonTosha A. Hendrickson

Admissions and Recruitment Specialist

Tosha Hendrickson earned her B.A. in Communications in 2016 from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, she joined the Graduate School as one of the Graduate School’s Admissions and Recruitment Specialist. She is responsible for planning and executing the graduate school’s communications plan, producing content for the graduate school’s website, social media page, and recruitment materials. Additionally, Tosha plays an active role in the day-to-day application processing for our many graduate programs.

Alanna MartinezAlanna D. Martinez

Assistant for Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Alanna joined the Graduate School in June 2014 and provides oversight for Teachers of Record including administering benefits, the outstanding graduate student awards, and SET. She assists with Graduate Student Orientation, New Graduate Program Director Orientation, and Women in the Academy. Alanna helps manage the website and supports the Graduate Student Association cabinet members. In addition, Alanna works with our Baptist College & University Scholars, Conyers Scholars and Presidential Scholars. She is the contact for SIC’EM grants and the TeaCHE capstone course. She performs other various duties for graduate housing communities and coordinates the professional development programs for graduate students.

Lori McNamaraLori A. McNamara

Assistant to Associate Dean
Admissions Coordinator

In her role directing the operations of the Graduate Admissions office, Lori acts as an administrator for access to the Graduate School's admissions database, prepares and updates the online listing of Graduate Faculty, and works to keep the online Graduate application updated. She also aids the Associate Dean with enrollment management, recruiting funds, and the Army-Baylor programs for the graduate school.

Candice S. ProseCandice S. Prose

Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean

Candice has worked at Baylor since 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Graduate School, she was a Customer Service Representative and Recruitment Coordinator for the Human Resources office. As the Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean, Candice is responsible for coordinating the Dean's calendar, administering graduate student benefits, gathering doctoral student publication data and planning the Doctoral Dinner each semester.

Sherry G. SimsSherry G. Sims

Director of the Graduate School Office

Sherry has been part of the Baylor family since 1979 when she started in Academic Records as Assistant Director. She transferred to the Graduate School as the Admissions Coordinator in 1981. She eventually moved into the role of Director of Admissions and Records and now uses her knowledge of the campus functions to oversee the operation of the Graduate School office and perform many administrative duties for the Graduate Dean. Sherry serves as the degree planner for all graduate programs. It is her responsibility to certify students for graduation. She also serves as the Secretary and Coordinator of the Graduate Curriculum Committee and works closely with the administration to implement changes to existing curriculum, policy changes, new degree programs, and new courses. She is also responsible for the Graduate Catalog and making sure all policies and degree plans are included and current. Sherry received her B.S.Ed. from Baylor in 1982.

Yazmin StraussYazmin Strauss

Admissions and Recruitment Specialist

Yazmin Strauss, a Pennsylvania native, earned her Associates in Mass Media Communications from Pennsylvania College of Technology. She relocated here in 2014 and has worked for Baylor ever since. She started out in Student Life, then transferred to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before joining the Graduate School. Yazmin plays an active role in the day-to-day application processing for our many graduate programs. She processes applications and communicates with students regarding the status of their application. Additionally, she is responsible for planning and executing the Graduate School’s communications plan, producing recruitment materials, and creating content for the Graduate’s School website and social media pages.