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Workshops from Previous Semesters

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
3:00-4:30 PM
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.

Spring 2020 Workshops

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
“Who Are Our Students and Where Are Their Friends?”
Dr. Noel Forlini Burt
Lecturer, Department of Religion
Baylor University


Dr. Dave Bridge
Associate Professor of Political Science
Baylor University
12:30-3:00 p.m.
White and Beckham Rooms, Bill Daniel Student Center

Noel Forlini Burt PortraitNoel Forlini Burt holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and Early Christianity from Drew University. She is a lecturer in the department of religion at Baylor University, where she teaches courses in Biblical Studies and Hebrew. Forlini Burt believes the Bible is a deep well from which Jewish and Christian readers can draw in their own spiritual formation. She has a particular interest in bridging the Church and the Academy, helping both to encounter God through the biblical story. She is currently pursuing certification in spiritual formation through the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation and certification in spiritual direction through Truett Seminary. 

Dave Bridge PortraitDave Bridge, associate professor of Political Science, holds a Ph.D. from University of Southern California (2010) in Political Science. His research focuses on Supreme Court politics and the relationship between court decisions and coalition-building opportunities for both political parties. He is currently working on how court decisions that seem friendly to the party in power can ironically lead to that party’s downfall. His current research also includes the effect of gender in the 2016 election. In addition, Dr. Bridge is interested in political science pedagogy, particularly how to use games and simulations in the classroom. He teaches the common core Constitution course; Campaigns and Elections; Politics, Games, and Strategy. This is his tenth year at Baylor.

Spring 2019 Workshops

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
“ ‘Will this be on the final?’: Refining Course Objectives in Terms of the Virtues”

Dr. William Weaver
Associate Professor of Literature, Great Texts, Baylor Honors College


Dr. Tonya Davis
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Baylor School of Education
12:30-3:00 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

William Weaver PortraitWilliam Weaver, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literature in the Baylor’s Honors College Great Texts Program. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and B.A. from Vanderbilt University. His specializations are in Renaissance humanism, early modern English poetry, the classical tradition, and the history of rhetoric. His research concerns the history of humanist rhetorical education and its impact on the development of English literature in one of its most celebrated periods, the Renaissance. His book, Untutored Lines: The Making of the English Epyllion, shows the impact of rhetoric on the formation of social identities and literary genres in the late sixteenth century.

Tonya N. Davis PortraitTonya N. Davis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, specializing in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Davis received her Ph.D. in Special Education with a Specialization in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. in Special Education and M.S.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Special Education Undergraduate Program and the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program. She is also the Director of the Baylor Clinic for Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE). Dr. Davis’s research interests involve applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities, such as autism. The primary focus of her research involves the treatment of severe challenging behavior among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Monday, March 25, 2019
“The Habit of Attention”
Prof. Simon Oliver
Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, England

12:15-2:45 p.m.
White Room and Beckham Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Professor Simon Oliver PortraitProf. Oliver studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. After a year working at a mission school in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and a further year working in Leeds, he moved to the University of Cambridge to study Theology. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1998 and to the priesthood in 1999. In 2000-2001 he served as acting Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge and Director of Studies in Theology. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chaplain of Hertford College, Oxford. During this time in Oxford, he was also honorary Chaplain to Helen House and Douglas House, hospices for children and young adults with life-limiting illness. This led to a particular interest in theological anthropology and the theology of disability, topics which he now includes in undergraduate modules. After serving as Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter and Head of Department at the University of Nottingham, he became the Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University in September 2015. His research interests focus on Christian theology and metaphysics, particularly the doctrine of creation. Prof. Oliver is also an Anglican priest and residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral.


Fall 2018 Workshops

Thursday, September 20, 2018
“The Intellectual Virtues”
Dr. Jason Baehr
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Jason Baehr PortraitJason Baehr is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and author of The Inquiring Mind: On Intellectual Virtues and Virtue Epistemology (2011, Oxford University Press). He recently directed the Intellectual Virtues and Education Project, which involved the application of virtue epistemology to educational theory and practice. In connection with this project, he helped found the Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach, a new charter middle school in Long Beach, CA.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
“Open But Not Empty: What Makes Hospitality Possible”
Dr. Elizabeth Newman
Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Elizabeth Newman PortraitElizabeth Newman is the Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics and director of the Master of Theological Studies Program at Baptist Theological Seminary (BTSR) at Richmond. She earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University, an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D., from Duke University. Professor Newman joined the faculty of BTSR in 2002 after serving on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, for twelve years. She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (Brazos Press, 2007); Attending the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision (Cascade Books, 2012); and Divine Abundance: Leisure, the Basis of Academic Culture (forthcoming). She currently serves as co-chair for the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity and as a representative in Baptist World Alliance Conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity (2017-2022). She is active as youth leader, VBS Director and pianist at Epworth UMC, where her husband pastors.

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 PortraitAndrew 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. PortraitBrook 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’s 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. PortraitHorace 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.

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. Portrait 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. PortraitMark 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 PortraitMitch 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 Hankamer 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 PortraitPaul 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

Candace Vogler PortraitCandace 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 PortraitFrancis 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.