Darin H. Davis (B.A., University of Texas; M.A., Baylor University; Ph.D., Saint Louis University) is director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL). He 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 holds a faculty appointment in the Honors Program, 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.
As IFL’s director since 2008, 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.
During his service as vice president for university mission from 2016–2019, Davis 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 were launched, including a multi-disciplinary scholarly study on the spiritual and moral formation of Baylor students; 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. Davis also worked to establish connections between academic affairs, student life, and athletics around ongoing efforts of character formation.
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. Since 2014, he has served as pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.