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.
The fellowship is a tribute to the life and legacy of one of Christian education's greatest advocates, Donald Schmeltekopf. Using his model, the program helps students understand academic leadership as a form of Christian service.
Mike Arrington, former Executive Director of IABCU, says "The recognition of one outstanding student as the Schmeltekopf Scholar is a highly appropriate way to honor Don and Judy. All of us in Baptist higher education are grateful to the Schmeltekopfs' for their commitment to excellence in Baptist higher education."
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ouachita Baptist University, Stan Poole, believes that "Naming a Schmeltekopf Scholar among the students in the Baptist College and University Scholars program is a fitting tribute to Dr. Schmeltekopf's tireless efforts to strengthen Baptist higher education."
Read Don Schmeltekopf's Baylor at the Crossroads: Memoirs of a Provost.
Read the First Things review of Baylor at the Crossroads.
2019-20 Schmeltekopf Fellows
Russell Browder & Jonathan Stanfill
Mentored by Robyn Driskell and Lance Littlejohn
Russell Browder graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a B.A. in Communications. He also received an M.Div. in global missions from Baylor’s Truett Seminary and an International M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright scholar. As a Ph.D. candidate in entrepreneurship, Russ has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship and the Schmeltekopf Fellowship. His academic interests include technology entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and emerging markets. During his 16 years of industry experience prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Russ served as a global marketing leader in health IT for GE Healthcare, in medical devices for St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), and in development with an international medical missions agency. Email Russell.
Jonathan Stanfill graduated from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and minors in Physics and Military Leadership in 2011. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army and served on active duty until 2015 in the 82nd Airborne Division and was promoted to the rank of Captain. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Baylor University and plans to graduate in 2021. Jonathan’s research is in mathematical physics, specifically spectral theory of partial differential operators with applications to quantum mechanics. He also has interests in operator theory and applications of orthogonal polynomials to mathematical physics. Jonathan enjoys teaching and mentoring students interested in higher level mathematics, was a finalist nomination for Baylor’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, has been a BCU Scholar since 2017, and was accepted as a Conyers Scholar and Schmeltekopf Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. Email Jonathan.
- 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.
Early Life and Foundations Graduate Education and the NEH Mars Hill and Baptist Culture A New Vision for Baylor The Future of Baptist Education Service Recognized
Faith, Family, and Baptist Life
Past Schmeltekopf Fellows
Faith and Learning at Baylor: Reflections by Dr. Michael Beaty
Don Schmeltekopf: Some Thoughts by Dr. David Solomon
Testimonials from Friends of the Schmeltekopf Fellowship