Workshops from Previous Semesters

Fall 2017 Workshops:

Monday, October 16, 2017
"Getting Started: Practical Strategies for Character Formation in the Classroom"
Ian Gravagne
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Baylor University
12:15-2:45 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center


Ian Gravagne (Ph.D., Clemson University) is associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University. His research interests include energy system modeling (with a special interest in solar energy), distributed control systems, robotics and swarm intelligence. Though varied, they are tied together through the common theme of mathematical modeling of dynamical systems. He was also founding faculty master for Teal Residential College, establishing there the structure for a robust Christian community that fosters intellectual, spiritual, and moral formation among the students.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
"Teaching, Practical Wisdom, and the Cultivation of Character"
Mark Schwehn
Professor of Humanities
Valparaiso University
12:30-3:00 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center


Mark Schwehn (Ph.D., Stanford University) is one of the leading voices in Christian higher education. He is currently Professor of Humanities in Christ College at Valparaiso University, having previously served as Provost from 2009 to 2014. He is also founding director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, a national network of one-hundred institutions seeking to explore and strengthen the relationship between Christianity, higher education, and academic vocation. His publications include Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America (Oxford, 1993) and Everyone a Teacher (Notre Dame, 2000).

Spring 2017 Workshops:

Thursday, February 16, 2017
"Virtue: An End and a Means in Your Classroom"
Mitch Neubert
Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business
Baylor University
12:30-3:00 p.m.

Mitch Neubert is the Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business and professor of management at Baylor. His research interests are focused on understanding how leadership, teams, and change processes affect the performance of people and organizations. He also is interested in how faith intersects with these research interests. Neubert is the primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant exploring the relationship between religion and entrepreneurship.  His essays have appeared in numerous journals including Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Christian Scholars Review, Human Relations, and Review of Religious Research. He also is the author of two textbooks and teaches in Baylor’s undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. He received the Hanakamer School of Business’ Distinguished Professor Award in 2016 and its Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

Monday, February 27, 2017
"Friendships as a Foundation for Learning"
Paul Wadell
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
St. Norbert College
12:15-2:45 p.m.
Barfield Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Paul Wadell is professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. A specialist on the ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas, his work additionally focuses on friendship, the role of the virtues in the moral life, theology and literature, and the mission of the church in contemporary society. He serves on the advisory council of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) administered by the Council for Independent Colleges. He is the author of seven books, including Friendship and the Moral Life (1989), The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas (1992), Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship (2002), and Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics (2007).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
'Teaching for Wisdom"
Candace Vogler
David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy
University of Chicago
12:30-3:00 p.m.
Fifth Floor, Cashion (please note the location change)

Candace Vogler is David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. From 2000–2007, she served as co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social and political philosophy, cultural studies, and philosophy and literature. In 2015, she received a major Templeton Foundation grant for her project, "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life." The project brings together philosophers, social scientists, and religious thinkers to examine the role of self-transcendence and self-transcendent goods in meaningful lives. Her books include John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An Essay in Moral Psychology (2001), a co-edited volume The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Reflections on Disability Criticism (2001), and Reasonably Vicious (2002). She presently is writing a book on the philosophy of G.E.M. Anscombe.

Monday, April 3, 2017
"Cultivating Perseverance and Productive Struggle in an Age of Shortcuts"
Francis Su
Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics
Harvey Mudd College
12:15-2:45 p.m.
Sid Richardson 340

Francis Su is Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He is the outgoing president of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He has received multiple National Science Foundation research grants for his work. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app.


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.