Forming Character in the Classroom

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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 2021 Workshop:

"New Technologies, Old Questions: Christian Learning in a Digital Environment"
Dr. David I. Smith
Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching 
and Learning, 
Coordinator, Global Faculty Development Institute, and Professor of Education
Calvin University
Editor, International Journal of Christianity and Education

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:00-4:15 PM
This workshop will take place virtually


David I. Smith is the founding director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and the inaugural coordinator of the De Vries Institute for Global Faculty Development at Calvin University. Additionally, he serves as editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. His books include Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (with James K. A. Smith; 2011), Teaching and Christian Imagination (with Susan M. Felch; 2015), On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom (2018), and Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools (with Kara Sevensma, Marjorie Terpstra, and Steven C. McMullen; 2020).


Forming Character in the Classroom is sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning and the Academy for Teaching and Learning.