Philosophy Professor Robert Baird Will Lecture at the First Education Showcase Luncheon

Nov. 11, 2013
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WACO, Texas (Nov. 11, 2013) - The Baylor University Libraries and the Academy for Teaching and Learning will co-sponsor a new luncheon series, the Education Showcase. Held throughout the year, these meetings will highlight exceptional faculty who will share transformational pedagogical strategies, reflect on the craft of teaching or relate their experiences using technology in education.

The first of this series of luncheons will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 200 of the Jones Library, 1301 S. 2nd St. and will feature Robert Baird, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and Master Teacher in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.

During his lecture, Baird will speak about faculty members who were leading figures during their time.

"I will focus on the role they played in my life and how they introduced me to Baylor's intellectual heritage," he said.

"He's a perfect professor to showcase for several reasons," said Lenore Wright, Ph.D., director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University. "He is a Master Teacher, a former department chair and highly regarded scholar and colleague, and he's devoted 47 years to Baylor University. Also, he was an undergraduate student at Baylor, so he has a unique appreciation for the history and heritage of teaching and learning on this campus."

Baird received his bachelor's degree in 1959 and master's degree in 1961 from Baylor University and has been a faculty member since 1968.

"I have found that returning to the university that introduced me to the life of the mind has just been emotionally satisfying to me, to spend my career to where I was first introduced to critical thinking," Baird said. "And to invite me back to play that role with students has been deeply gratifying. I couldn't imagine myself enjoying my professional life as much anywhere else."

The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Lunch will be served to registered participants. For more information and to register, click here. Registration ends at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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