The Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership
The Donald and Judy Schmeltekopf Fellowship is an intensive program supporting gifted students who are interested in connections between faith and learning, and who are committed to Baptist leadership in higher education.
Don Schmeltekopf's Baylor at the Crossroads: Memoirs of a Provost.
Read the First Things review of Baylor at the Crossroads.
2021-22 Schmeltekopf Fellow
Mentored by Tiffany Hogue
We are pleased to announce Jacob Randolph as the new Schmeltekopf Fellow for 2021-2022. A Ph.D. candidate in Religion currently finishing his dissertation, Jake is interested in both teaching at a Baptist university as well as participation in administration. Jake is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University. When asked to apply to the BCU program, he wrote, “Oklahoma Baptist provided me with professors who were experts in their field and pastoral in their approach. At OBU I learned to think critically and care deeply, because my professors embodied the highest ideals of Christian education—that the Christian life is the never-ending pursuit of God’s truth, a life of ‘faith seeking understanding’. OBU gave me a vision for my vocation and showed me firsthand the kind of professor I want to be for future students. It is the same vision that animates my current research and teaching as a BCU scholar at Baylor, and the OBU vision will continue to enliven me in the future points of my academic journey.” In addition to being a full-time graduate student, Jake and his wife are the adoptive parents of two children and remain very active in their church community.Program Activities
- On-campus lectures: Selected lectures that engage the relationship between faith and learning, featuring both members of Baylor's faculty and other institutions are chosen for BCU Scholars attendance
- Book provision: Schmeltekopf Fellows are provided books at no cost to themselves for use in discussions with leadership mentors
- Mentoring experience with an academic administrator at Baylor
- Presentation at IABCU annual meeting
- Assist in planning two events for BCU Scholars
- Participate in the Seminar for Academic Leadership at Baylor in May
- Meeting/ Mentoring with Donald Schmeltekopf 1-2 times per year as appropriate
Qualifications for Entrance into the Program
The Schmeltekopf Fellowship is open to students who have completed two years of study in Baylor's BCU Scholars Program. Students must demonstrate an interest in academic leadership within Baptist colleges and universities.