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August 1, 2015
by megcullar

Dr. Mar Magnusen Named Associate Editor of Sport Management Education Journal

-Mar-BlogStory-650Dr. Mar Magnusen, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Administration, has been named associate editor of the Sport Management Education Journal. The academic journal is published by Human Kinetics and is the official educational journal of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

Magnusen has been on the journal’s editorial board since 2013, and in his new role will oversee the newly established “pedagogical innovations” section. The section is designed to solicit a variety of original and creative contributions to aid readers in both a scholarly and an expressly practical manner. Articles will advance new and inventive pedagogical practices or improvements. Continue Reading →

July 29, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor Civics Engagement Camp Offers Multi-faceted Learning [07/29/2015]


More than 120 fifth- through ninth-graders are learning about civics and providing a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute. Running from Aug. 3-7, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

iEngage is directed by education faculty members and camp co-founders Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. Their work began with research and implementation of iCivics in Midway and Waco Independent School Districts. iCivics is a free online website founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that teaches civics concepts using educational games. Read more . . . .


July 24, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Global Engagement Works Both Ways [07/24/2015]


Marcos Piotraszewski and Dr. Randy Wood in Waco

Not long ago, Marcos Piotraszewski of Heredia, Costa Rica, hadn’t even heard of Baylor University, but now he’s totally excited to come here! In Costa Rica, Marcos met Dr. Randy Wood, professor of Curriculum & Instruction, through the School of Education’s Costa Rica spring break service trip, and fell in love with Baylor and the students he met. Now he’s hoping to come to the U.S. for college — specifically to Baylor.

Students from Baylor School of Education spend each spring break at the Santa Elena Elementary School in San Jose, Costa Rica, providing educational and other services. Such Baylor global engagements are designed to engage Baylor students in worldwide service, but this one has had the reverse effect too — now students from Costa Rica are interested in Baylor. Continue Reading →

July 1, 2015
by megcullar

School of Education Welcomes Dr. Michael McLendon as Dean [07/01/2015]

McLendon-Web-200wDr. Michael McLendon joined the School of Education as dean on July 1, 2015. A Baylor political science graduate, McLendon has frequently been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States. He most recently held academic leadership posts at Southern Methodist University’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Learn more about the new dean by reading McLendon’s biographical brief here: Dr. Michael McLendon

And click here to read the Dean’s Welcome.

July 1, 2015
by megcullar

High School Students in PACE Visit Baylor and SOE [07/01/2015]

PACE-Blog-650wIn June, Baylor SOE helped welcome to campus the Promoting Achievement in Communities Everywhere (PACE) program, a nonprofit organization that serves upperclassmen high school students. Students visited Baylor as part of an annual two-week summer trip to explore different colleges.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, has led this summer trip since 2011, when she got involved with PACE.

“PACE is a college readiness initiative that provides exposure and enrichment to minority youth about entering and completing postsecondary education goals,” Scott said. Continue Reading →

June 23, 2015
by megcullar
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Dr. Jon Engelhardt Retires from SOE Deanship [6/23/2015]

-DrE-preferred-crop300wDr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the Baylor School of Education since July 2007, is retiring at the end of June 2015.

Baylor School of Education has gained much from Engelhardt’s service and experience, said Dr. Doug Rogers, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Jon elevated the School’s profile within the university, the state, and at a national level because of his experience and his influence in all of those arenas,” Rogers said. Continue Reading →

June 11, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Rishi Sriram Appointed to Editorial Board [06/11/2015]

Rishi-Blog-325Dr. Rishi Sriram, graduate program director in the Department of Educational Administration in the Baylor School of Education, has been selected as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD).

JCSD is a higher-education student affairs journal published and founded by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Continue Reading →

June 1, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Master’s Students Raise Funds for Water Play Center [06/01/2015]

Baylor School of Education master’s students in the Sport Management finance class have been working to raise $10,000 to build a water play center at the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development. The Piper Center allows approximately 350 Baylor students a semester to study, observe, and experience child development behaviors in and outside the classroom.

Piper-KidsThe idea for the Piper Water Discovery Center began last fall semester with Dr. Mar Magnusen, assistant professor in the sport management graduate program, and Barbara Crosby, director of the Piper Center. They wanted to find a project that would benefit sport management students, the Piper Center and the Waco community. Funding and building a water feature for the kids sounded perfect.

When Magnusen began teaching his sport finance class this semester, he introduced the project to his students, and the ideas started flowing. Students formed teams and pitched ideas for a campaign to fund the water center, which will include a miniature fountain spouting water into a stream covered halfway by a bridge that eventually leads to a plant garden. Continue Reading →

May 16, 2015
by megcullar

Three Memorable Teachers Honored by Baylor School of Education [05/16/2015]


Becky Griffith and Carley Redfield

Three Texas teachers were honored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE) April 13 on the Baylor campus. Each year, the Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers or mentors as part of its annual Senior Recognition Banquet. Memorable educators are nominated by the Baylor students, who submit an essay to support their nomination, and then chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

Teachers honored were Becky Griffith of Nacogdoches, Jerry Sutterfield of Dallas, and Christy Walker of Crawford. Continue Reading →

May 12, 2015
by megcullar

Six Seniors Honored with SOE Awards [05/11/2015]

SOE 2015 Awards

Award Recipients l-r: Amanda Packard, Ashlyn Cramer, Sasha Wells, Allie Smith, Audrey Elledge, Jordan Barlow

The 30th Annual School of Education (SOE) Senior Recognition Banquet honored outstanding seniors within the SOE and its departmental programs. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world.

Of the 128 seniors graduating, six were honored at the banquet. Continue Reading →