In addition to cultivating the intellectual life of its students, Baylor is committed to the moral and spiritual formation of its students, so that they are prepared to serve both God and the world. This commitment leads to a fundamental question about teaching and learning at Baylor: "How is it possible for our classrooms, laboratories, and lecture halls to become places of transformational education where our teaching cultivates character?” Each semester, the Forming Character in the Classroom workshop series offers opportunities for educators across the academic disciplines to reflect on how pedagogical practices might further this crucial work of the University’s Christian mission.

Each workshop will emphasize one or two significant character qualities — such as friendship, courage, wisdom, and justice — that might be part of a vibrant classroom that takes seriously Baylor's commitment to foster "spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue." The workshops seek to equip faculty to see their teaching and mentoring as crucial expressions of character formation.

Workshops will feature:

  • Lunch and a presentation by a recognized educator in his/her discipline
  • Opportunities to rethink course structure and syllabi with colleagues from across the disciplines
  • Practical ideas for lesson building with character formation as a goal

Spring 2018 Workshops

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
“Following Their Lead: Student-determined Christian Character Traits for the Classroom”
Andrew Meyer
Assistant Professor of Sports Foundations, Baylor University
12:30-3:00 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Andrew R. Meyer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Sport Foundations at Baylor University. His research areas of interest include contemporary American sport, sport culture and religion, muscular Christianity, as well as endurance athletes and spiritual experiences. He teaches a number of courses, including “Sport Psychology” and “Religion and Sport.” Recent publications include “Doing Good with My Body: Physical Philanthropy through Physically Active Participation in Charity Sport Events” with M. R. Umstattd Meyer (2017) in The International Journal of Sport and Society 8(1); and “How Can We Help? The Role of the Church and other Religious Organizations When the Games Come to Town” with J. B. White (2016) in Practical Theology (3). Dr. Meyer is a 2017-2018 Baylor Fellow in the Academy of Teaching and Learning.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
"What We've Done: Stories of Forming Character in the Classroom"
Brooke Blevins
Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University


Horace Maxile
Associate Professor of Music Theory, Baylor University
12:30-3:00 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center


Brook Blevins, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Associate Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Coordinator of the Secondary Social Studies Education program at Baylor. Dr. Blevins teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary education, social studies education, and multicultural education. Dr. Blevins also serves as the co-director for the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, for which she and co-founder Dr. Karon LeCompte have raised more than $200,000 in grant funding. Dr. Blevins’ research focuses on social studies education as a means to prepare active and engaged citizens. Dr. Blevins's work has been published in journals such as Theory and Research in Social EducationSocial Studies Research and PracticeThe Social StudiesMulticultural PerspectivesThe Teacher Educator, and the International Journal of Social Studies Research. She is a member of the Social Studies Inquiry Research Collaborative (SSIRC), which examines the impact of authentic intellectual work in social studies classrooms. Dr. Blevins also serves as the media and book review editor for Theory and Research in Social Education. Dr. Blevins is a 2017-2018 Baylor Fellow in the Academy for Teaching and Learning.


Horace Maxile, Jr., Associate Professor of Music Theory, holds the Ph.D. in Musicology (Music Theory emphasis) from Louisiana State University. He also completed studies at Louisiana Tech University (BS Music Education) and Southeastern Louisiana University (MM). Prior to his appointment at Baylor, he taught at The University of North Carolina at Asheville and served as Associate Director of Research at the Center for Black Music Research (Columbia College Chicago). His research interests include the concert music of African-American composers, gospel music, and musical semiotics. Among his publications are articles in Perspectives of New MusicThe Annual Review of Jazz StudiesBlack Music Research JournalJournal for the Society of American Music, and American Music. He was Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of African-American Music(Greenwood Press, 2011). He has served as Editor of the Black Music Research Journal, chair of the Society for Music Theory Committee on Diversity, and as a member of the American Musicological Society Council. Dr. Maxile is a 2017-2018 Baylor Fellow in the Academy for Teaching and Learning.

To register for one or more of the workshops, click here.

Forming Character in the Classroom is sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning, the Academy for Teaching and Learning, and the Vice President for University Mission.