Faculty and Staff of the Honors Program


  • Dr. Elizabeth Corey, Honors Program Director
    Morrison Hall 203.5

    Dr. Corey joined the faculty of the Honors Program in 2007 and became Program Director in 2015. She earned a B.A. in classics from Oberlin College, an M.A. in art history from Louisiana State University (LSU), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from LSU. At Baylor, she has taught courses in Great Texts and Political Science as well as in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. Her book, Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. She served as President of the Michael Oakeshott Association, and in 2009 hosted the Association's meetings at Baylor. She continues to pursues a variety of interdisciplinary research interests, from the educational and political thought of Oakeshott and Eric Voegelin to the art and politics of eleventh-century Italy.


  • Dr. Albert Beck, Admissions and Advising Coordinator
    Morrison Hall 203.3

    Dr. Beck joined the Honors Program staff in the summer of 2007. He earned bachelor's degrees in History and Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a master's degree in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill, and a Ph.D. in Religion, Politics, and Society from Baylor University. Dr. Beck's roles include advising current and prospective Honors Program students, administering and developing Honors curricula, and coordinating courses for students in the Honors Program. His research interests are in the history of evangelicalism and Christian education, and he regularly teaches World Cultures IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.


  • Dr. David D Corey, Professor in the Honors Program
    Morrison Hall 308

    Dr. Corey joined the faculty of the Honors Program in 2016. He has been a faculty member in Political Science since 2002. He earned a B.A. in Classics from Oberlin College, a B.Mus. from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University. He teaches courses on political philosophy, the history of political thought, and great texts. His book, The Just War Tradition, was published by ISI books in 2012. His second book, The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues was published by SUNY in 2016. He is currently at work on a book entitled, The Politics of Toleration or The Politics of War: America at the Crossroads. Professor Corey was the recipient in 2008 of Baylor's Outstanding Teaching Award. He has twice been named Faculty Member of the Year by Baylor's Student Government. And he has been recognized on numerous occasions by Phi Beta Kappa and the American Political Science Association for excellence in teaching. For more information about David Corey's research and teaching interests, visit his personal webpage: David Corey webpage


  • Dr. Darin Davis, Vice President for University Mission; Director, Institute for Faith and Learning; and Clinical Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Honors Program
    MMSci 268

    Darin H. Davis (B.A., University of Texas; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., Saint Louis University) is vice president for university mission, director of the Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL), clinical associate professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. As IFL’s director since 2008, he oversees the Institute’s numerous projects: the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; various faculty and staff development efforts for the University, including Communio, an annual retreat for Baylor educators; programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program; the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics; and an annual medical ethics lecture for area health care professionals. His scholarly research focuses on the history of moral philosophy, virtue ethics, and higher education. His articles have appeared in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Reflection, International Journal of Christianity and Education, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century (St. Augustine's Press, 2017). He was recognized with a Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award in 2013. An ordained Baptist minister, he is also pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859. A native of Amarillo, Texas, he and his wife Brenda are the parents of three daughters.


  • Courtney DePalma, Honors Program Advisor
    Honors Residential College Program Director
    Alexander Hall 101

    Courtney DePalma joined the Honors Residential College staff in the fall of 2010. She earned her BA in Linguistics from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA and her MA in Language and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Mrs. DePalma's research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Second Language Writing and Writing Center Practice. Mrs. DePalma has taught First-Year Writing and English as a Second Language courses at the basic, intermediate, advanced, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and she is the former Director of the Writing Center at the University of New Hampshire. As Program Coordinator of the Honors Residential College, Mrs. DePalma's roles include coordinating events, advising students, managing the budget, and supervising the operation of the Honor Residential College.


  • Diane Haun, Honors Program Coordinator
    Morrison Hall 203.4

    Diane Haun was born in Dallas, Texas, moved to Waco in 1990, and has worked at Baylor since 2001. She and her husband, Jerry, are the proud parents of two Baylor Bears (Classes of 2006 and 2008). Mrs. Haun advises seniors to ensure that they meet graduation requirements, administers the budget, supervises the functions of the Honors Program office, keeps central records, and generally coordinates the program. Mrs. Haun previously worked with the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC).


  • Dr. Lynne Hinojosa, Associate Professor in the Honors Program
    Alexander Residence Hall 103 (HRC)

    Dr. Hinojosa began teaching in the English Department at Baylor in 2003 and joined the Honors Program in 2008. She earned her MA and PhD in English at the University of Notre Dame, after completing a Masters in Humanities at the University of Dallas. She completed her BS at Wheaton College (Illinois). Dr. Hinojosa's scholarly interests include late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English literature and culture, the novel, literary history, and the relation of religion to culture. Her book, The Renaissance, English Cultural Nationalism, and Modernism, 1860-1920, was published by Palgrave in 2009. She also has published essays in journals such as the Journal of Modern Literature, Christianity and Literature (forthcoming), and Clio: A Journal of Literature, Philosophy, and the Philosophy of History. She is currently working on a book that examines the treatment of Puritanism and morality in modernist British novels of the early twentieth century.


  • Dr. Victor J. Hinojosa, Associate Professor in the Honors Program
    Alexander Residence Hall 102 (HRC)

    Dr. Hinojosa joined the Baylor faculty in 2003 and the Honors Program in 2007. He earned a B.A. in economics with a minor in philosophy from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses in Political Science, the Honors Program, and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. Dr. Hinojosa's primary research is in Latin American Politics and U.S.-Latin American relations. He also has research interests in religion and politics, both empirically (how religion shapes political attitudes) and normatively (how Christians should think about international relations). His book, Domestic Politics and International Narcotics Control, was published by Routledge in 2007, and his articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Mennonite Quarterly Review. His current book project explores the use of terrorism in Colombia's internal conflict. Dr. Hinojosa serves on the Advisory Board of Baylor's Center for Christian Ethics, the board of directors of the Ekklesia Project, and World Hunger Relief, Inc.


  • Dr. Andy Hogue, Lecturer & Director of the Philanthropy & Public Service Program
    Morrison Hall 308

    Andy Hogue serves as director of the Philanthropy & Public Service Program and Senior Lecturer in the Honors Program at Baylor University. His teaching focuses primarily on social innovation, philanthropy, and public affairs, providing students with hands-on opportunities to innovate, lead, and work toward the greater goods of their community and world. Students in Andy’s courses direct over $100,000 each year to organizations that drive social change and promote human flourishing.

    Andy is author of Stumping God: Reagan, Carter, and the Invention of a Political Faith (2012) and is presently at work, with L. Gregory Jones, on How to Navigate the Future. His work has also appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Andy consults regularly for foundations, nonprofits, and universities on subjects such as design thinking, innovation, and academic philanthropy. He earned a BA from Clemson University, an MA and PhD from Baylor, and completed an executive program in design thinking at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.


  • Dr. Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program
    Morrison Hall 203.7

    Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Alan Jacobs was Clyde S. Kilby Chair and Professor of English at Wheaton College (Illinois) since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and received his PhD. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jacobs teaches theology and literary theory for the Honors Program, a field in which his prolific authorship has established him as a leading scholar. His books include: The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography (2013); W. H. Auden, For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (2013, edited) ; W. H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety: a Baroque Eclogue (2011, edited) ; The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (2011) ; Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant (2010) ; Sin: A Cultural History (2009) ; Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (2008) ; The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis (2006) ; Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling (2004) ; A Theology of Reading: The Hermeneutics of Love (2001) ; A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age (2001) ; What Became of Wystan: Change and Continuity in Auden's Poetry (1998). ; Must Christianity be Violent? Reflections on History, Practice, and Theology, ed. with Kenneth R. Chase (2003).

    Besides authoring books, Jacobs is a frequent guest on Mars Hill Audio, blogs for The American Conservative, and serves as contributing editor for The New Atlantis. At Baylor, Dr. Jacobs has taught a variety of classes including Great Texts of the Medieval Intellectual Tradition, Theology and Literary Theory, Great Texts of the Early Modern Age, Living and Thinking in a Digital Age, and Confession and Autobiography.


  • Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities in the Honors Program
    Morrison Hall 232.3

    David Lyle Jeffrey has been Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University since 2000 and Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing)since 2005. Jeffrey graduated from Wheaton College and received his PhD from Princeton in 1968. Jeffrey teaches courses on medieval literature, the Bible as literature, medieval exegesis, biblical hermeneutics and literary theory, biblical tradition in the arts, art and biblical theology, literature and philosophy, and aesthetics.

    Among the honors he most values include being made inaugural Professor of the Year in Arts and Humanities at the University of Ottawa in 1995, election to the Royal Society of Canada in 1996, being chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2003, and invitation from St Andrews University in Scotland to give the Andrew Laing Lecture on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's Laing lecture in 2004.

    Jeffrey is known as a medievalist and as a scholar of biblical tradition in Western Literature and art. His books include A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992), The Early English Lyric and Franciscan Spirituality (1975); Chaucer and Scriptural Tradition (1984); English Spirituality in the Age of Wesley (1987; 1994; 2000); The Law of Love: English Spirituality in the Age of Wyclif (1988; 2001); People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996) ; Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture (2003). He has edited William Cowper: Selected Poetry and Prose (2006) and, with C. Stephen Evans, a co-authored book on The Bible and the University ( 2007). Most recently he has published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011); Luke: a Theological Commentary (Brazos Press, 2012); and written In the Beauty of Holiness: Art and the Bible in Western Culture (Eerdmans, 2017).


  • Sarah Marcum, Part-time Honors Program Advisor
    Morrison Hall 203.9

    Ms. Marcum joined the Honors Program in the fall of 2003. She has worked with college students in a variety of roles and settings: career counseling, personal counseling, leadership development, educational programming, and directing an internship program. She earned her BA in English and Art from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and her MS in Counseling and Student Development from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Mrs. Marcum advises students in the Honors Program and works extensively with the Honors Student Advisory Council to plan events and special seminars for Honors students. Mrs Marcum also coordinates Honors Book & Film Clubs, and the Freshman Reading Project. She has also taught "The Examined Life I: Human Development and College Life" for the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC).


  • Dr. Charles McDaniel, Faculty Assistant Director
    Associate Professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
    Morrison Hall 101.5

    Charles McDaniel joined the Honors College in 2008 and teaches Social World I and II as well as World Cultures IV in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC). He also teaches courses in the areas of church history, religion and law, and Christian social thought through Baylor’s J. M. Dawson Institute. McDaniel has numerous publications in books and scholarly journals on subjects ranging from the Protestant Reformation to Christian and Muslim economic thought. His book, God and Money: The Moral Challenge of Capitalism, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2007. McDaniel serves as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Church and State.


  • Dr. Bill Neilson, Clinical Professor in the Honors Program
    Dr. Bill Neilson joined the Honors College in 2012. He graduated from Baylor University in 1976 with a degree in Chemistry. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School graduating in 1980. He completed a general surgery residency at Parkland Hospital in 1985. Dr. Neilson received an MS in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. He holds clinical faculty appointments at the UT Southwestern Medical School and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. He was the managing partner and president of the Amarillo Surgical Group which served as the surgery faculty for the Texas Tech Amarillo Campus for many years. In addition, he was the residency program site director for Parkland residents rotating in Amarillo.

    For the past several years, he has been the Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Baptist St. Anthony's Health System (a Baptist/Catholic co-ministry). He served as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for the TTUHSC Amarillo Campus. Dr. Neilson has been involved in medical mission work in Belarus and holds an honorary medical degree from the Gomel State Medical University.


  • Dr. David Ryden, Faculty Assistant Director
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Sid Richardson 345F

    David Ryden grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1998, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, which is now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology. After a postdoctoral appointment at Tulane University, he joined the faculty at Baylor University in 2002. Dr. Ryden's research is in continuum theory, with periodic excursions into related areas such as dynamical systems.


  • Michelle Savoie, Pre-Health Honors Program Advisor
    Baylor Science Building B111.1

    Michelle Savoie joined Baylor University in 2015 as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Prehealth Studies, and as the advisor for Prehealth Honors students. She received a BA in Psychology from Baylor University and an MA in Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ms. Savoie served as a Residency Coordinator at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston working with surgical residents. At Baylor, Ms. Savoie provides resources and support to students who are in both Honors and Prehealth Programs. For more information on Prehealth Programs, please visit www.baylor.edu/prehealth.