Crane Scholars Program

Program Activities (subject to change during 2020-2021)

  • Friday Symposium: Students gather in the homes of faculty leaders several times during the semester for dinner and discussion that focuses on the relationship between the life of the mind and Christian faith.
  • Conference Participation: Students periodically participate in conferences exploring faith and learning at Baylor as well as programs sponsored by peer institutes and centers. Students also may apply for support to attend academic conferences where they will present their own scholarly work.
  • Annual Spring Retreat: Crane Scholars gather each Spring for a weekend retreat off campus, featuring shared worship, dining, recreation, and presentations from invited scholars that address the nature and importance of Christian vocation in the academy and beyond.
  • On-campus lectures: Selected lectures featuring both members of Baylor’s faculty and other institutions are chosen for group attendance.
  • Book provision: Crane Scholars are provided books at no cost to themselves for use in group discussions.

Qualifications for Entrance into the Program

Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5. Students also must demonstrate an interest in faith-animated learning and scholarship.

Program Leaders

Dr. Todd Buras
Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Junior Class Co-Leader

Dr. Darin Davis
Clinical Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Honors Program
Director, Institute for Faith and Learning
Sophomore Class Co-Leader and Co-Director

Dr. Michael Foley
Professor of Patristics, Honors College
Junior Class Co-Leader

Dr. Rebecca Poe Hays
Assistant Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
Sophomore Class Co-Leader

Dr. Jill Klentzman
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Sophomore Class Co-Leader

Dr. Scott Moore
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts
Senior Class Co-Leader

Dr. Michael Stegemoller
Harriette L. and Walter G. Lacy Chair of Banking and Finance
Senior Class Co-Leader and Co-Director


For Further Information...

Contact Dr. Darin Davis by calling 254-710-4850 or email