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 part of the 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, including Communio, a retreat for Baylor educators, and Forming Character in the Classroom; the Crane Scholars Program, a three-year program for outstanding Baylor undergraduates who are interested in the connections between faith, learning, and vocation; and an annual medical ethics lecture for area health care professionals.

He served as vice president for university mission at Baylor from 2016-19, 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 mission and identity.  He 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. 

His scholarly interests focus on the history of moral philosophy, virtue ethics, and faith and higher education. His articles have appeared in Christian Scholar’s ReviewJournal of Moral Theology, The Southern Journal of PhilosophyInternational Journal of Christianity and Education, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. He also is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century (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.

He and his wife Dr. Brenda Davis are the parents of three daughters. He serves on the board of trustees of Vanguard College Preparatory School. 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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