Laine Scales began her Baylor career in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work. Since Fall 2004, she has been Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development and in 2008 she moved to the School of Education as Professor of Higher Education, Educational Administration department. Dr. Scales teaches in the masters program in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She also teaches doctoral courses in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and is director of the Leadership Studies minor for undergraduates at Baylor. SInce 2008, she has served as Faculty in Residence, living among first-year students in Kokernot Hall. Her daughter April is a Baylor Bear as well.

Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books and forty articles and chapters in the areas of case method teaching, rural social work, doctoral education, and history of Baptist women in higher education.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her M.S.W. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Scales has held leadership positions in the Texas Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education, and is founder of the non-profit Good Neighbor Settlement House in Waco.   Prior to coming to Baylor, Dr. Scales was on faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL.