Who better to tell the story of the Baylor School of Education than the people who for decades have served on its behalf? In 2018 Baylor Department of Oral History conducted a series of interviews with longtime Baylor SOE faculty and staff members Dr. Larry Browning, Dr. Robert Cloud, Dr. Susan Johnsen, and Darlene Kyser.
Larry J. Browning, Ed.D., joined Baylor University in 1977 and has served as the chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction since 2006. A former teacher and administrator in Alabama, Browning advocates for increased subject matter knowledge for teachers and for the importance of clinical or field-based experiences in teacher education. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, social studies and curriculum and currently teaches in the literacy cognate of the graduate programs.
Robert C. Cloud, Ed.D., is a Professor of Higher Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) in the School of Education. He holds four academic degrees, includiing an M.S. and Ed.D. from Baylor, and is a former college administrator. He served as President of Lee College in Texas for ten years and as Vice President, Dean, and Department Chair for an additional ten years in three other Texas colleges. Dr. Cloud joined the Baylor University graduate faculty in 1988 and has served as chair of two academic departments at Baylor, EDL and the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (HHPR).
Susan K. Johnsen, PhD, is a professor emeritus of the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor SOE, where she founded and directed the PhD program and programs related to gifted and talented education. She began her illustrious career in education as an elementary education graduate of the Baylor School of Education before earning advanced degrees at the University of Texas. She is past president of the Association for the Gifted (TAG), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and past president of the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). She has received numerous awards, including NAGC’s President’s Award, CEC’s Leadership Award, TAG’s Leadership Award, TAGT’s President’s Award, and TAGT’s Advocacy Award.
Darlene Kyser retired in 2017 after working as an assistant to the dean of Baylor’s School of Education for 50 years. Kyser managed the day-to-day meetings, conferences and schedule of the dean. She also assisted with faculty search committees, communicated university-wide policies and procedures to SOE faculty and staff, and hosted annual dean events. During her tenure in the SOE, she worked with 11 deans or interim deans.