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
Fall 2020 Workshop:
“Baylor Spirituality and Character Study, Preliminary Findings, 2018-2020”
Dr. Perry L. Glanzer
Professor of Educational Foundations, Baylor School of Education, and Resident Scholar, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
Thursday, September 24, 2020
This workshop will take place virtually
Dr. Perry L. Glanzer is professor of educational foundations and a resident scholar with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the co-author, most recently, of The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life (2017) and Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age (2017). Some of his past books, all co-authored with Todd C. Ream, include The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today’s University (2013), Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (2009), and Christianity and Scholarship in Higher Education (2007). He was awarded Templeton Foundation grants for two major projects: “Character Virtues and College Students: A Pilot Study” and “College Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose: What Role Does Student and Institutional Identity Play.” In addition, Dr. Glanzer has authored or co-authored over seventy-five journal articles and book chapters on topics related to moral education, faith-based higher education, and the relationship between religion and education.
Forming Character in the Classroom is sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning and the Academy for Teaching and Learning.