Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., appointed Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and graduate education, as interim dean of the School of Education, on July 10, 2017. McLendon served as School of Education Dean from 2015-2017 until his appointment as Interim Provost.
Saxon has served in several administrative roles in the School of Education, including stints as department chair in educational psychology from 2001 to 2008 and from 2015 to 2017 and as interim associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development from 2005 to 2006. He also directs the master’s programs in educational psychology.
“Terrill’s vast experience as a department chair and his excellent working relationships with faculty and staff throughout the School of Education will enable him to lead effectively at this important moment in the School’s history,” McLendon said. “He is keenly prepared to provide leadership for the wide-ranging initiatives in which the School is engaged. I know he will be warmly received by his fellow dean colleagues.”
“I am honored to serve Baylor’s School of Education and our students in the role of interim dean,” Saxon said. “The School of Education’s faculty are among the University’s most productive researchers and effective teachers; they and our dedicated staff represent the best of Baylor. We are eager to continue the work and develop the vision Interim Provost McLendon had for the School as dean.”
Saxon’s research interests include cross-cultural studies of youth, schooling, teachers and a variety of other education-related factors. He has published numerous articles in the area of child language development and the role played by parent-child interaction behaviors and other environmental influences in top journals, such as Child Development, Educational Psychology Review, Comparative Education Review and the Journal of School Psychology.
Saxon is co-principal investigator with Tamara Hodges, Ed.D., senior lecturer of educational psychology, for the EnAbled for College program, funded by a grant from the AT&T Foundation. The program provides one-on-one mentoring to disabled and at-risk high school students to encourage and enable them to pursue post-secondary education.
Saxon earned his B.A. in psychology and M.S. in educational psychology from Baylor and his Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Kansas. He completed post-doctoral work in KU’s Infant Cognition Center before joining the Baylor School of Education faculty in 1995.