Professional Development & Resources


At weekly department colloquiums, a graduate student presents a work in progress to his or her colleagues. Breakfast is provided. Some faculty regularly attend. See the Events Calender on the main page for upcoming talks.

Visiting Scholars

Baylor faculty regularly bring in notable professional philosophers to give talks, to serve on panels, and sometimes even to sit in on graduate seminars or colloquia. Some recent visitors include John Hawthorne, Eleonore Stump, Robert Audi, and Laurie Paul. See the Events Calender on the main page for upcoming visits.

Travel Funding

Annually, graduate students are offered $400 from the philosophy department and two $400 travel awards from the graduate school for presenting at professional events. Additional funding is available for students conducting doctoral research, interviewing at the APA, and at the department's discretion.

A list of students whose presentations were supported by travel awards from the Graduate School may be found here.

Reading Groups and Societies

Graduate students lead several reading groups and societies organized around various philosophical topics, or writing groups for works in progress (including dissertations). For information about current groups, please contact one of the graduate students.

Reading Room

Morrison 216, the Elmer H. Duncan Reading and Research Room, contains a number of philosophical texts, back issues of journals, and specialized resources, including copies of Kierkegaard's Samlede Vaerker and Papier. It also houses theses and dissertations from Baylor graduates. To access the reading room, please contact the department administrator.

Graduate School Resources

Baylor's graduate school offers a variety of resources for professional development and graduate life. Philosophy students have taken advantage of many of the resources, especially the Conyers Scholars Program, Seminars for Excellence in Teaching, the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education, and Student Intellectual Community Enhancement Money.