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), and principal investigator and project director of the Soundings Project.
He holds a faculty appointment in the Honors Program and is affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
As vice president for university mission, Davis has helped to lead the Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, a university-wide effort to encourage and deepen Baylor’s Christian mission. Several new initiatives have been launched, including two programs to foster character formation across the curriculum and the Baylor Young Scholars Program, an effort to mentor Baylor graduates who may one day serve as faculty and administrators in higher education. Dr. Davis also assists the provost’s office with faculty hiring.
As IFL’s director, Davis 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.
Davis also serves as 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.
Davis's scholarly research focuses on the history of moral philosophy, virtue ethics, and higher education. 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.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, he and his wife Brenda are the parents of three daughters. He serves as pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.