Baylor Professors Appointed New Faculty Members In Residence

March 31, 2005

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. Julie Sweet, assistant professor of history, and her husband, Dr. Thomas Riley, have been appointed to serve as faculty members in residence at Baylor University's North Village Residential Community in May.

Sweet and Riley will succeed Dr. Walter Bradley, associate dean and Distinguished Professor of Engineering, and his wife, Ann, who will conclude their year of service as faculty members in residence this May.

"The Bradleys have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of students," said Dr. Frank Shushok, dean for student learning and engagement. "Their willingness to live on campus for a year has ushered in a new era in campus housing at Baylor--one which invites faculty to bring all their talent, expertise and care for students into the residence halls. Many have been touched by the Bradleys in both tangible and intangible ways."

The 221,000-square-foot North Village opened in August 2004 and is home to 600 students, who live in one of three distinct residential houses - University House for men, Texana House for women, and Heritage House also for women. The Bradleys have resided this past year in Texana House, home to women who are part of the Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center at the North Village, as well as other students from a broad range of academic disciplines.

"Ann and I plan to continue to have a significant involvement in the North Village Community that we were privileged to help start," Bradley said.

A Baylor faculty member since 2002, Sweet earned degrees from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Richmond and the University of Kentucky. Riley also completed his doctorate in history at Kentucky and will be teaching a section of American History and one of leadership development at Baylor this fall. Riley also brings with him a distinguished 21-year career as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

Both Sweet and Riley have served as "faculty partners" in North Russell Residence Hall for the past two years. They have become known by students for their care and commitment to working with students both in and out of the classroom, as well as for the fresh-baked cookies they frequently bestow upon residents during bi-weekly visits to the residence hall.

For more information, contact Dr. Walter Bradley at 710-7370, Dr. Frank Shushok at 710-6957 or Dr. Julie Sweet at 710-6303.

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