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March 25, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor SOE Well Represented at NAPDS Conference

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

A PDS is an innovative institution formed through the partnership of a professional education program, in this case Baylor SOE, and a local school. They are learning environments that support teacher-candidate and faculty development within the context of meeting all children’s needs. The mission of a PDS is professional preparation of candidates, faculty development, inquiry directed at the improvement of practice and enhanced student learning. Baylor SOE has nine PDS campuses in Waco ISD and Midway ISD.


Representatives from Midway ISD, Spring Valley Elementary and Baylor School of Education

Here’s a rundown of Baylor SOE presentations at NAPDS March 5-8: Continue Reading →

March 23, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor SOE Graduate Erin Stamile Joins Staff of Education LLC [3/23/15]

ErinStamile-Blog-300Baylor graduate and former Pre-Health Honors Program Coordinator Erin Stamile is now the new Program Director for the Education Living & Learning Center.

After applying and interviewing earlier this semester, Stamile stepped into this new position on March 23, 2015.

Stamile said she is excited to work with incoming students and build leadership positions for those students to be involved in.

“I would love to get student leaders excited about getting their handprint on the new Education LLC,” Stamile said. “I want them to feel like this is a place they can really call home for years to come.” Continue Reading →

March 19, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor Names New Dean for School of Education [3/19/2015]

McLendon-1-BlogFollowing a nine-month national search, Baylor University Provost and Executive Vice President David E. Garland, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as dean of Baylor’s School of Education.

Dr. McLendon currently holds the Harold and Annette Simmons Centennial Chair in Higher Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he serves as a full professor and the associate dean of SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also holds appointment as a Fellow both with SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.

Dr. McLendon will begin his service as dean on July 1, succeeding Jon Engelhardt, Ph.D., who is retiring after eight years leading the School of Education.

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March 17, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Grad Programs Ranked by U.S. News [3/17/2015]


Baylor School of Education is one of only three Texas schools in the top 100 of the newly released list of 2016 Best Graduate Schools of Education from U.S. News.

Baylor School of Education advanced to No. 83, up nine places from its last ranking in 2014. To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed graduate education programs at 357 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2014. Continue Reading →

March 13, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Grant Morgan Wins Prestigious Award for Paper


Dr. Grant Morgan, assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Educational Psychology, is a recipient the Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA).

This is the second time Morgan has won the award in three years, and he won a similar award in a different region while he was a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. In 2013, Morgan’s winning paper was co-authored with Aaron R. Baggett, PhD ’14, then a doctoral student at Baylor SOE. Continue Reading →

March 9, 2015
by megcullar

EDP Doctoral Student Wins Dissertation Award [3/9/2015]

Scalzo-Blog-450Baylor School of Education Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology Rachel Scalzo received the James L. Kopp Memorial Scholarship for her dissertation, “The Analysis of Behavioral Indicators as a Measure of Satiation.” The scholarship is awarded to only three students statewide, and Scalzo is the first Baylor recipient.

As part of the award, Scalzo gets to present her research at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Conference in San Antonio May 22 – 26, and the award defrays a portion of the costs to travel.

In February, Scalzo and her mentor, Dr. Tonya Davis, SOE assistant professor in Educational Psychology, attended the four-day Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Regional Conference in Houston, where Scalzo presented her research and received her award. Continue Reading →

March 5, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Katy Wiswall Named Baylor Outstanding Staff Member [3/5/2015]

Head shot – Katy Wiswall – 01/21/2015

Katy Wiswall

Katy Wiswall, BBA ’92, MACC ’11, financial and grants manager for the School of Education(SOE), was named an outstanding staff member of Baylor University at a ceremony in Waco Hall in January. She was among eight Baylor employees honored.

Also honored was former SOE staffer Andrea Baker, who moved recently to the new College of Health and Human Sciences. In addition, SOE graduate Jon Capron, BSEd ’03, MSEd ’05, who is assistant head coach of Baylor’s cross country team, received the BaylorPLUS Award. Baylor’s Department of Human Resources hosted the awards ceremony, and all awards were presented by Baylor President Ken Starr. Continue Reading →

February 20, 2015
by megcullar

New EdD Launched at Baylor School of Education [2/20/2015]


Dr. John Wilson is Program Director for the EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership

Baylor University School of Education (SOE) is launching a new Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree in K-12 Educational Leadership, expecting to enroll students as early as June of 2015. The program received approval from the Baylor Board of Regents on Feb. 13. (For more program information, visit the SOE Web: EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership.) Continue Reading →

February 11, 2015
by megcullar

Two Baylor SOE Faculty Members Selected for ATE Fellows Program


Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Dr. Leanne Howell

Two Baylor School of Education (SOE) faculty members — Dr. Leanne Howell, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
 of Curriculum & Instruction, and Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Clinical Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction — are preparing for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Clinical Fellows Symposium that begins on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This symposium will allow the duo to meet like-minded clinical practitioners in various schools and colleges of education around the nation.

Being chosen as ATE Clinical Fellows is quite an honor, since only 40 educators are selected nationwide, and this year Baylor SOE has two representatives.

“It’s an honor to have the privilege of collaborating at a symposium designed especially for clinical practitioners,” Howell stated. Continue Reading →

February 6, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Grad Dr. Michael McFarland is Texas Superintendent of the Year [2/5/2015]

McFarland-2Baylor School of Education graduate Dr. Michael McFarland (EdD ’05) superintendent of Lancaster ISD, is the Texas Superintendent of the Year, chosen by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). As such, he will be honored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) at the annual convention later this month in San Diego. McFarland was named Texas Region 10 Superintendent of the Year before being selected for the statewide honor.

McFarland earned a BBA in business education and information systems from Baylor in 1993 and an EdD in Educational Administration in 2005 from the Baylor School of Education. He also earned a master’s degree and superintendent’s certificate from Stephen F. Austin University. As a Baylor undergraduate, McFarland was a strong safety on the Baylor football team, playing for Coach Grant Teaff’s last team; he was team captain in 1991 and 1992. Continue Reading →