Darin H. Davis

Darin H. Davis
Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning
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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), clinical professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program, and 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.

As IFL’s director, he oversees the Institute’s numerous projects, including: the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; faculty 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 (with the Graduate School); 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 faith and higher education. His articles have appeared in Christian Scholar’s Review, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, the International Journal of Christianity and Education, and the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. He also is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century (St. Augustine’s Press, 2019), a volume that includes contributions from David Lyle Jeffrey, Anthony Kronman, Andrew Delbanco, Celia Deane-Drummond, John Haldane, and Walter Brueggemann.

During his years at Baylor, he has taught courses on moral philosophy, philosophy of human nature, happiness and the moral life, business ethics, contemporary ethical theory, Christian ethics, and on the philosophy and theology of friendship.

In addition to his faculty appointment in the Honors Program, he serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Philosophy and is affiliated faculty of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. From 2016-19, he also served as vice president for university mission at Baylor, helping to lead and implement the recommendations of the Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, a university-wide effort to encourage and deepen Baylor’s Christian mission.

Davis also serves on the National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program and as a regional editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education.  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, among the oldest Baptist congregations in the state.

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