Baylor Names Faculty-In-Residence for Brooks Flats

July 6, 2011
News Photo 5180Dr. Jonathan Tran, assistant professor of theological ethics and graduate faculty in the department of religion at Baylor University, has been appointed as Faculty-in-Residence for Brooks Flats.

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Dr. Jonathan Tran, assistant professor of theological ethics in the department of religion at Baylor University, has been appointed as Faculty-in-Residence for Brooks Flats, which houses the Global Community Living-Learning Center. Tran will begin his service in the fall.

Faculty-in-residence at Baylor live on campus and work with residence hall directors and Campus Living and Learning to nurture a heightened sense of community that fosters academic excellence, promotes faculty-student interaction and enriches the student living experience.

Tran joins eight Baylor faculty members who live in residence:

    • Dr. Ian Gravagne (Heritage House, North Village)
    • Dr. Todd Buras (Memorial and Alexander Halls, Honors Residential College)
    • Dr. Laine Scales (Kokernot)
    • Professor Steven Pounders (University House, North Village
    • Drs. Doug and Michele Henry (Brooks College)
    • Dr. Julie Sweet (Texana House, North Village)
    • Dr. Doug Rogers (Allen and Dawson Halls)

Tran earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Riverside, his master's of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and his doctorate from Duke University. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2006, and has taught courses on bioethics, Christian anthropology, and race, religion and reconciliation in America. The author of two books, The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in a Far Country and Foucault and Theology, Tran said he most enjoys sharing life with Baylor students.

"Baylor is an extraordinary place, with the extraordinary vision of joining excellent scholarship to the task of Christian formation, so we draw these amazing students," Tran said. "It's a great privilege to walk alongside them."

Tran's wife, Carrie, graduated from the University of Redlands and worked with international students at Duke for seven years before the Trans moved to Waco. They have two children, Tahlia and David.

"So much that happens at Baylor happens in residential life, and we are thrilled to be there," Tran added. "And Tahlia and David just can't wait to live on campus with the bears."

"Jonathan Tran is a faculty member who loves our students and will do all he can to help them develop into worldwide leaders and servants," said Dr. Jeff Doyle, dean for student learning and engagement at Baylor. "The Trans will impact Baylor students for years to come."

"I am enormously grateful that students will have the opportunity to live and learn in community with Dr. Jonathan Tran and his family," said Terri Garrett, associate director for academic initiatives, Campus Living and Learning at Baylor. "The Faculty-in-Residence Program continues to assist us in the development of residential learning communities that assist students holistically."

Faculty members apply to serve as faculty-in-residence and are selected by a committee representing both academic affairs and student life at Baylor. Faculty-in-residence are jointly appointed by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost, and Dr. Kevin Jackson, vice president for student life.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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