Laine Scales

PhD, Higher Education, University of Kentucky at Lexington
MSW, Carver School of Church Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Full Curriculum Vita
Selected Publications
  • Scales, T.L. and Maxwell, M. “Doing the Word’: Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Church Social Work and its predecessors, 1907-1997. (forthcoming).
  • Scales, T.L. and Howell, J.A. eds. Stewards of the Academy: Christian Scholars and Teachers Consider a Life of Faithfulness. New York: Palgrave.
  • Scales, T.L., Singletary, J., & Cooper, H.S. (2016 and 2011). Social Environments and Human Behavior: Contexts for Practice with Groups, Organizations, Communities, and Social Movements. 1st and second editions. Oxford University Press.
  • Scales, T.L. and Tang, A. (2014) Jewell in China: Education of a Missionary Woman for School Administration, 1910-1914. American Educational History Journal, 41(2) pp. 251-267.
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • National Association of Christians in Social Work

Laine Scales, Ph.D., holds a dual appointment as Professor of Higher Education and serves the Baylor Graduate School as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development. In 2016, she was named as a Baylor University Master Teacher.

She began her Baylor career in 1999 as assistant professor of social work and in 2008 moved to the School of Education. Prior to coming to Baylor, she was on the faculties of Stephen F. Austin State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Scales teaches in the Ph.D. program in Higher Education and Leadership Studies, with particular expertise in college teaching methods. From 2013-15 she directed the department’s Leadership Studies minor and from 2008-2014 served as Faculty in Residence, living among students in Kokernot Hall. Since 2013 she has co-directed the Baylor in Oxford summer study abroad program.

Dr. Scales’ teaching and administrative focus is on faculty development, including professional development of graduate students. Through her leadership of such programs as Conyers Scholars, Baptist College and University Scholars, and Preparing our Future Faculty, she has mentored aspiring faculty from all disciplines as well as current faculty and administrators, serving as co-leader of the Summer Faculty Institute (2005-2008); Adjunct Training Institute (2008-2011), and Baylor Seminar for Academic Leadership (2014-2016). She was influential in in the creation of Baylor’s Academy for Teaching and Learning in 2008, and has served continuously on its advisory board as well as on the provost’s Teaching with Technology committee.

Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited nine books and over 40 articles and chapters in the areas of case method teaching, doctoral education, history of Baptist women in higher education, and social work education. She has held leadership positions in the American Council on Education, North American Christians in Social Work, Texas Women in Higher Education. She served on the Board of Advisors for Waco’s Coalition for Race Relations in the Community and is founder of the non-profit Good Neighbor Settlement House (2012-present).