Darin H. Davis, Ph.D.

Darin H. Davis, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Faith and Learning; Clinical Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Honors Program
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Director, Institute for Faith and Learning

Clinical Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Honors Program


  • B.A. in English and philosophy with special honors, University of Texas, 1993
  • M.A. in philosophy, Baylor University, 1995
  • Ph.D. in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 2005


Dr. Darin H. Davis joined the Honors Program faculty in 2016.  He also serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Philosophy and is affiliated faculty of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.  He has taught courses on moral philosophy, philosophy of human nature, business ethics, contemporary virtue ethics, Christian ethics, and on the philosophy and theology of friendship.  He is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century (St. Augustine’s Press, 2019), a volume that includes essays from Anthony Kronman, Andrew Delbanco, Celia Deane-Drummond, John Haldane, and Walter Brueggemann.

Since 2008, he has led Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) and from 2016-19, he served as Vice President for University Mission.  He is also principal investigator and project director of the "Soundings Project", a $1.5 million grant given to Baylor through Lilly Endowment Inc.’s "Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose" initiative.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, he and his wife Brenda are the parents of three daughters. Since 2014, he has served as pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.

Academic Interests and Research

Davis's scholarly research focuses on the history of moral philosophy, virtue ethics, and higher education.

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and Fellowships

Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), Campus Representative (2009–)

Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts, Campus Representative (2010–)

Regional Editor (United States), International Journal of Christianity and Education, (2014–)

William Carey Crane Scholars Program: Director (2006–17; 2018-); Sophomore Cohort Leader (2007–12); Senior Cohort Leader (2012–17)

A.J. Conyers Graduate Scholars Program: Founding Co-director (2010–17); Cohort Leader (2011–14)

Baylor Mortar Board Circle of Achievement (2013)

University Task Force on Spiritual Life and Character Formation, co-chair (2016-17)

Honors College Committee on Spiritual Life and Character Formation (2016–17)

Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee (2010–14)

College Fellow, Honors Residential College (2008–)

Selected Research Articles

“The University in Crisis and the Ways of Wisdom,” in Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century, Darin H. Davis, ed. St. Augustine’s Press (2019) 26-41.

“Toward a Vision of Vocation,” in Christian Faith and University Life: Stewards of the Academy. T. Laine Scales and Jennifer L. Howell, eds., Palgrave MacMillan (2018) 19– 31.

“Educating the Whole Person: Whose Narrative, Which Curriculum?” (with Michael Beaty and Todd Buras) in Whole Person Education: Sino-West Dialogue, Wu Youneng, ed., National Taiwan Normal University Press (2017) 38–57.

“Faith Animating Learning,” International Journal of Christianity and Education, 21:2 (July 2017) 91–94.

“Educating Lives for Christian Wisdom,” (with Paul J. Wadell), International Journal of Christianity and Education 20:2 (July 2016) 90–105.

“Faith, Learning, and Education for Wisdom,” The Wheatley Observer 5:1 (Winter 2016) 9–16. “Mutual Correction,” Christian Reflection 51 (2014) 57–64.

“Tracking the Toxins of Acedia: Re-envisioning Moral Education,” (with Paul J. Wadell), in The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation and American Higher Education, Michael D. Beaty and Douglas V. Henry, eds., Baylor University Press (2007) 133–56.

“Conceptual Gerrymandering? The Alignment of Hursthouse’s Naturalistic Virtue Ethics with Neo-Kantian Non-Naturalism” (with William Rehg) Southern Journal of Philosophy 41:4 (Winter 2003) 583–600.

“Churchland’s Moral Vision,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 73:4 (Autumn 1999) 555–69.

Selected Books

Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century. (Editor and Co-author) St. Augustine’s Press, 2019

View Dr. Davis’s CV

Honors Program

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