Darin Davis, director of the Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University, has been elected to a four-year term on the National Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.
Founded in 1991, the Lilly Fellows Program seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of learning through three programmatic initiatives. First, it offers postdoctoral teaching fellowships for young scholars who wish to renew their sense of vocation within a Christian community of learning in order to prepare themselves for positions of teaching, scholarship, and leadership within church-related institutions. Second, it supports young men and women of exceptional academic talent who are exploring vocations in church-related higher education during their first three years of graduate school in the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. Third, it maintains a collaborative Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities that sponsors a variety of activities and publications designed to explore the Christian character of the academic vocation and to strengthen the religious nature of church-related institutions.
Davis holds a faculty appointment in the Honors Program, serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Philosophy, and is affiliated faculty of Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He also serves as principal investigator and project director of the Soundings Project, a $1.5 million grant given to Baylor through Lilly Endowment Inc.'s "Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose" initiative.
As IFL's director since 2008, Davis oversees the Institute's numerous projects: the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; various faculty and staff development efforts for the University, including Communio, an annual retreat for Baylor educators; programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students, including the Crane Scholars Program; Conyers Scholars Program; the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics; and an annual medical ethics lecture for area health care professionals.
During his service as vice president for university mission from 2016-2019, Davis helped to lead the Spiritual Life and Character Formation Task Force, a university-wide effort to encourage and deepen Baylor's Christian mission.
His scholarly work has focused on topics in moral philosophy and higher education. He is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century; (St. Augustine's Press, 2019), a volume that includes essays from Anthony Kronman, Andrew Delbanco, Celia Deane-Drummond, John Haldane, and Walter Brueggemann.
The Lilly Network represents among its current membership of 99 schools a diversity of denominational traditions, institutional types, and geographical locations. Baylor University is a founding member of the Lilly Network. The Program is based at Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana.