Dr. Laine Scales holds a dual appointment as Professor of Higher Education and Baylor’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development. 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. In 2016, she was honored with Baylor’s most prestigious teaching award: Master Teacher.
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 ten books and over forty 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).