Baylor Prof To Serve As 'Faculty In Residence' At Honors College LLC

April 8, 2004
News Photo 1879Dr. Edward J. Blum

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dr. Edward J. Blum, a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the department of sociology and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC), will be one of two faculty members participating in Campus Living and Learning's "Faculty-in-Residence" initiative this fall at Baylor University.

Blum and his wife, Sarah, will live in Alexander Hall, which along with Memorial Residence Hall is the new home for the Honors College Living-Learning Center (LLC). Blum will serve as program director for the Honors College LLC and will be one of four Honors College faculty members to maintain offices in Alexander Hall. The Honors College LLC also will be home to two on-site classrooms and an Honors College student lounge and events area.

Blum will join Dr. Walter Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Engineering and associate dean of research in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, who will reside with his wife, Ann, in the North Village Residential Community. The new complex will open this fall.

The "Faculty-in-Residence" initiative is one of several efforts by Campus Living and Learning to give academically minded students a unique opportunity to "live and learn" in campus residences. To date, more than 130 upper-class students have applied and been admitted to the Honors College LLC, and the number of incoming students expressing interest has already surpassed 110 students.

As program director, Blum will coordinate admissions for the living-learning center and work with Campus Living and Learning to provide Honors College students with a unique living environment specifically designed to enhance and enrich their academic experience.

"The Honors College is excited about this new partnership, which will provide tremendous momentum to the new Honors College," said Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.

"With common living areas for Honors College students, faculty offices and classroom space, the LLC will help us to build a community of faculty and students united in the pursuit of academic excellence," Hibbs added. "It will allow for the integration of serious discussion of important issues and great texts into the very fabric of student life at Baylor."

For more information, visit the Campus Living and Learning web site at or contact:

• Dr. Edward Blum, HC-LLC program director, 710-7339

• Terri Garrett, associate director for academic initiatives, 710-6650

• Dr. Thomas Hibbs, dean of the Honors College, 710-7689

• Dr. Frank Shushok, associate dean for Campus Living and Learning, 710-6957

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