A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.

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Mar. 16, 2023
Baylor University Announces $1.5 Million Gift Establishing New Chair in School of Education
The Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities will receive support through the Illuminate Chair Matching Program equivalent to a $3 million chair.
Mar. 6, 2023
Literacy Studies Takes Reading Beyond the Printed Page
Kelly Johnston, assistant professor of literacy in the Baylor School of Education, researches the everyday ways people make meaning and communicate.
Feb. 28, 2023
Baylor 2022 Research Year in Review
Highlighting a season of growth in Baylor’s research enterprise, the 2022 Baylor Research Year in Review is a collection of data and content which features the University’s research metrics, milestones, institutional investment in research and more.
Feb. 15, 2023
Baylor Researchers Develop New Model to Predict Smartphone Use during Church
Smartphones are a ubiquitous part of daily life, but there are some spaces where smartphone use may be uncertain or even unwelcome. Baylor smartphone researchers have developed a new model that is a powerful predictor of the intent to use smartphones during church services.
Feb. 3, 2023
People Centered Research
Talk to any Baylor faculty member, and you’ll soon discover a passion for discovery. Dig deeper, and you’ll find that their passion is built on compassion.
Feb. 2, 2023
Baylor Announces Hannah Stolze as Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management
Baylor recruits leading supply chain scholar, researcher and author from Wheaton College and Lipscomb University to new role in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
Jan. 31, 2023
Baylor Environmental Scientist Bryan Brooks Named AAAS Fellow
World’s largest general scientific society honors Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies, for meritorious contribution to the advancement of science.
Jan. 19, 2023
Baylor School of Ed Receives THECB Autism Grant Award for Innovation
Jessica Akers, Ph.D., in Baylor University’s School of Education, has received a $893,409 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an innovative treatment model for children with autism and their siblings.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued research growth across campus.

Endowed Faculty Positions

Through the creation of new endowed faculty positions, including 17 endowed chairs in areas that support growth in research initiatives, Baylor supports high-level teaching and discovery.

Campaign Donors

The Baylor Family is united in support of Baylor's distinct role as the preeminent Christian research university.

Baylor stands apart as a Christian research university — a position that empowers our aspiration to become America's preeminent Christian research university. Illuminate, Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, has one overarching goal: To bring light to the world as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university, building on Baylor's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service.

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