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May 4, 2016
by megcullar

School of Education Faculty Present at AERA [05/04/2016]

Several Baylor School of Education faculty members presented research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held in Washington, D.C., April 8-12.

AERA is a national research society that is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its more than 25,000 members include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with expertise in education research.

School of Education faculty and students gave the following presentations:

Perry Glanzer

Perry Glanzer

Session: Developing Religious Identities
Presentation: “Examining the Association Between Religion and Student Academic Honesty: An Empirical Investigation”
Dr. Hongwei Yu, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
Dr. Perry Glanzer, Baylor SOE faculty, Dept. of Educational Administration
Brandon Moore, McLennan Community College
Dr. Byron Johnson, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Continue Reading →

April 28, 2016
by megcullar

Dr. Sandi Cooper Earns Baylor Centennial Professor Award [04/28/2016]

Cooper_Sandra_Centennial-BLOGSandra Cooper, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the mathematics education program in Baylor University’s School of Education, has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2016 Baylor Centennial Professor Awards.

Created by the Baylor Centennial Class of 1945, the award provides tenured professors with $5,000 for research projects that will facilitate more in-depth study in his or her field.

Cooper will use the award to fund a study that will define highly effective elementary school mathematics teachers. She will use her research to improve her early education courses and better teach her students – future educators themselves – what they can do to establish math skills early on in their students’ lives.

Read more about the 2016 Centennial Professors on the Baylor Media site.


April 25, 2016
by megcullar
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School of Education Freshman Writing His Way Through Baylor [04/18/2016]

On a cold and rainy night in downtown Dallas, a young Baylor student found himself lying in the street. He had been mugged and was thinking seriously about the possibility he was about to die — when a small blue dragon crawled out of his front pocket to save him.

Actually, School of Education freshman Alex Patterson was lying in his own bed, and that was the dream that inspired him to write his newly released novel Choices. Patterson always had a passion for reading and mythology and began to wonder what it would be like to fight dragons, live like a king and venture into magical realms.

Alex Patterson and his novel, Choices

Alex Patterson and his novel, Choices

From that dream, Patterson had his first character, Aiden, a dragon meant to help the protagonist of the story, Richard Örlander, find his way while waging war and dealing with temperamental Nordic gods. Set in the Germanic Iron Age around 1000 B.C., Patterson’s novel is all about the choices Örlander makes: good vs. evil, right vs. wrong and war vs. peace. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2016
by megcullar

Impact Newsletter Spring Issue is Online [04/21/2016]

Spr16-Impact-Cover-Blog-300The spring edition of the Impact newsletter is now available online. Check it out for stories on outstanding programs, faculty, students and alumni of Baylor’s School of Education. This issue’s cover story is about how our Educational Psychology students are making a difference through a mentoring program for at-risk high school students.

School of Education graduates should receive a printed copy in the mail. If you are a graduate and do not receive a printed copy, please email

Click HERE for the newest issue.

April 13, 2016
by megcullar

Four School of Education Faculty Receive Tenure [04/13/2016]

The Baylor School of Education is celebrating four faculty members who received tenure this spring, with promotion to associate professor status in the fall:

Dr. Nathan Alleman, Department of Educational Administration
Dr. Karon LeCompte, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Grant Morgan, Department of Educational Psychology
Dr. Rishi Sriram, Department of Educational Administration

325-Alleman_NathanAlleman, who earned a PhD from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and a master’s in higher education from Geneva College in 2002, specializes in the study of higher and postsecondary education. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2010.

Alleman’s research interests and expertise address the study — often from a sociological perspective — of the American professoriate, faith-based colleges and universities, and college students. He has also focused research on marginalized groups and institutions in higher education. He has published recently on the legal and collegiate social status of undocumented college students, the role of rural communities in the preparation of low-income students for college, and the importance of school-university partnerships in promoting college attendance and success. Continue Reading →

April 7, 2016
by megcullar

Faculty, Students, Partners Present at NAPDS [04/07/2016]


Presenters at NAPDS included (l-r) SOE student Austin McClinton, partners John Choins and Lisa Bray, and SOE faculty member Rachelle Rogers.

The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) in Washington, D.C. in March. Several Baylor SOE faculty members gave presentations, as did Baylor SOE students and representatives from the local Baylor Professional Development School (PDS) campuses.

The vision of NAPDS is to serve as an advocate for the educational community that is dedicated to promoting the continuous development of collaborative school/higher education/community relationships and to create and sustain genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education institutions.

Here’s a rundown of presentations at the conference: Continue Reading →

April 3, 2016
by megcullar

Tony Nominee Rob Askins to Keynote School of Education Symposium [04/03/2016]

Blog-Rob-350Tony-nominated playwright and Baylor graduate Rob Askins, author of the Broadway play Hand to God, will be the keynote speaker for a Baylor School of Education event April 14.

The School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction will host a symposium, “Multiple Literacies: Reading and Writing Diverse Texts in a Digital Age” on April 14 and 15. Askins’ keynote talk will be Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m., in Packard Hall (Marrs McLean Science Building, Room 101) on the Baylor campus. His topic will be “Getting It Out: Ego, Inspiration and the Changing Audience.” It is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

On Friday, April 15, a faculty symposium will explore the topic further with multiple Baylor faculty speakers between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Continue Reading →

March 23, 2016
by megcullar

Ten School of Education Undergraduates Named Who’s Who [03/23/2016]


Baylor School of Education Who’s Who recipients are (front l-r) Erica Amos, Kylie Terry, Caitlyn McClellen, Carla Cook (back l-r) Brittany Rollins, Rebecca Baker, Nicole Kosakowski, and Bryan Solis (Pictured below: Meredith Dana and Amy Feind)

Ten Baylor School of Education undergraduate students have been named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2015-2016 academic year. They were honored at a Baylor ceremony on Feb. 26.

Erica Amos, Secondary Mathematics Education major
Rebecca Baker, Elementary Education major
Carla Cook, Secondary Life Sciences major
Meredith Dana, Integrated Studies major
Amy Feind, Elementary Education major
Nicole Kosakowski, All-Level Special Education major
Caitlyn McClellen, Education major
Brittany Rollins, Middle Grades Mathematics major
Bryan Solis, Secondary English/Language Arts/Reading major, Leadership Studies minor
Kylie Terry, December 2015 graduate in Elementary Education, now a master’s student in Curriculum & Instruction Continue Reading →

March 17, 2016
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Moves up in U.S. News Rankings [03/17/2016]

Doctoral graduate Sunny Wells received her degree in August 2015, assisted by faculty members Dr. Tony Talbert and Dr. Brooke Blevins.

Dr. Sunny Wells received her doctoral degree in August 2015, assisted by School of Education faculty members Dr. Tony Talbert and Dr. Brooke Blevins.

Baylor School of Education moved up five slots to No. 78 in the 2017 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 16, 2016. Baylor School of Education is in the top three graduate schools of education in Texas and the top 20 schools at private universities in the U.S.

Dr. Michael McLendon, dean of the Baylor School of Education, said of the new ranking, “Our current standing within these rankings demonstrates the growing talent and productivity of our faculty and students, as we dedicate ourselves to higher levels of excellence across our graduate and professional programs.”

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed 376 schools granting education doctoral degrees. The rankings were calculated on a weighted average of 10 measures of quality that included feedback from deans of education and deans of graduate studies, student selectivity calculations, faculty resources and research activity. Continue Reading →

March 8, 2016
by megcullar

School of Education Faculty, Students and Alumni Present Research at Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) [03/08/2016]


School of Education researchers at SERA included (l-r) Tamara Hodges, Robin Wilson, Rebecca Tipton, Trena Wilkerson and Terrill Saxon.

Researchers from Baylor School of Education were well represented at the recent annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), which was held Feb. 10-12 in New Orleans. Wide-ranging research topics included enrichment for low-income gifted students, mathematics learning, iPad use for a 12-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder, college readiness, and parenting styles.

SERA was founded in 1978 and promotes educational research presentations and discussions, continued learning for scholars, professional networking, and mentoring.

In addition to the research presentations, Baylor faculty member Trena Wilkerson led a paper session on professional development and teacher training, and alumnus Ken Young led a session on learning. Young also served as program division co-chair for “Educational Administration, Policy, Leadership, and Program Evaluation,” and alumna Dittika Gupta was co-chair for the division on “Instruction, Learning and Cognition.”

School of Education participants included faculty, graduate students and alumni. Here’s a summary of presentations at the conference: Continue Reading →