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July 1, 2022
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Dr. Jon Eckert Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award [07/01/2022]

Dr. Jon EckertDr. Jon Eckert, professor of Educational Leadership and the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair for Christians in School Leadership, received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching for Tenured Faculty. Eckert completed his doctorate at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and then worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teaching quality issues. Before coming to Baylor in 2019, Eckert taught and coached intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years and spent 10 years on the faculty of Wheaton College teaching education majors.

Eckert teaches Baylor students at all levels — undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral. He teaches undergraduates in Baylor’s Leadership Minor, master’s students in the MA in School Leadership program, and doctoral students pursuing degrees in K12 Educational Leadership — all programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. Continue Reading →

June 29, 2022
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Dr. Tonya Davis Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award [06/29/2020]

Tonya DavisDr. Tonya Davis, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship for Tenured Faculty. Davis specializes in special education and Applied Behavior Analysis and is coordinator of the Special Education Program and the PhD in Educational Psychology. She also serves as graduate program director for the Department of Educational Psychology.

Davis received her PhD in special education with a specialization in autism and developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin and her BS in special education and MSEd in educational psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Davis is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). Prior to joining the Baylor faculty in 2008, she was a special education teacher and in-home applied behavior analysis therapist. Continue Reading →

June 27, 2022
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Dr. Jessica Akers Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award [06/27/2022]

Jessica Akers

Dr. Jessica Akers, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching/Tenure-Track Faculty. Akers’ main teaching role prepares students who are pursuing careers as clinicians for individuals with developmental disabilities or as university professors to train such individuals and conduct research in the field.

While carrying a full teaching load, Akers also mentors each of her graduate students and conducts significant research on children with autism and related developmental disabilities. More than half of her scholarly publications have included Baylor students as co-authors; she has included 12 different students as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications and six students as co-authors on professional book chapters. Colleagues praise Akers’ ability in the classroom to engage students through masterfully planning the engagement strategies she will use. Continue Reading →

June 15, 2022
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New Issue of Impact Online [06/15/2022]

ImpactThe newest issue of Baylor Impact newsletter (Spring 2022) is now online. If you are an SOE graduate and did not receive a newsletter in the mail, please let us know by emailing BaylorImpact@baylor.edu. To make sure you don’t miss any future communications, you can also update your information online at this link: Update Your Information

This Impact issue features exciting news about SOE programs, faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference.

• The cover story, Preparing Teacher Leaders for Service, gives you a look at why Baylor’s undergraduate program to prepare educators is so successful — providing both a depth of knowledge and depth of experience.

• If you’ve been wondering “What Does R1 Status Mean for SOE?” you can find out in this story. The University’s R1 status enhances the School’s opportunities to create new knowledge and expand its impact, and the SOE has significantly contributed to Baylor’s R1 aspirations.

• This issue’s alumni profile shares the story behind the educational mission of Restoration Gateway in Uganda, a ministry founded by Dr. Tim McCall, BA ’71, and SOE graduate Janice Moore McCall, BA ’72. In addition to a hospital, clinic, and orphanage, Restoration Gateway has a school offering “active learning” curriculum.

• You’ve probably heard of Baylor football stand-out Jalen Pitre, but you might not know about his academic success as a master’s graduate in Educational Psychology. Pitre’s plan to Never Stop Learning is propelling his success.

 

June 5, 2022
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Baylor SOE Recognizes two “Memorable Teachers” [06/-02/2022]

Memorable Teachers 2022

Baylor School of Education honored “Memorable Teachers” Coach Daron Eason, nominated by Rebecca Wessman, and Mrs. Joan Brindley, nominated by Ashley Barnes.

Two teachers were honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 21. Following tradition, Baylor School of Education seniors had the opportunity to nominate teachers who had been influential in their lives. Students submitted a nomination essay about their teacher, and the awarded educators were chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

This year, Joan Brindley of Temple, Texas, and Daron Eason of Dallas were honored with the Baylor School of Education’s “Most Memorable Teacher” award. Continue Reading →

May 18, 2022
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Outstanding Seniors Honored by Baylor School of Education [05/17/2022]

SOE Outstanding Seniors 2022Baylor School of Education [SOE] recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 37th Annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 21. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world. Baylor SOE senior award recipients (biographies below) for 2022 are:

• Elizabeth Richey — EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award
• Hannah Harris — Delores Coker Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Student in Education
• Emily Blackwell — Lorena B. Stretch Award for Outstanding Student in Elementary Education
• Leslie Wolff — Outstanding Student in Middle Grades Education
• Katherine Kaiser — M.L. Goetting Award for Outstanding Student in Secondary Education
• Colleen Coudriet — Outstanding Student in EC-12 Education Programs
• Jaque Vasquez — Outstanding Student with Minor in Education Continue Reading →

May 10, 2022
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Baylor’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute to be Honored with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award [05/10/2022]

iEngage civics institute

Founded in 2013, the Baylor iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a free, five-day civics camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

The iEngage Summer Civics Institute at Baylor University has been named the 2022 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education.

This annual award, presented by the National Center for State Courts, honors an organization, court, program or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system.

Founded in 2013, the Baylor iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a free, five-day civics camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and Baylor University, the program is led by Baylor School of Education faculty members Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., The Conwell G. Strickland Endowed Chair, associate professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in social studies education.

READ MORE: “Baylor’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute to be Honored with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award”

May 6, 2022
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Dr. Nick Werse Honored by Baylor [05/06/2022]

Nick Werse and Linda Livingstone

Dr. Nick Werse received Outstanding Staff Award from Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone on April 12.

Baylor University honored the School of Education’s Dr. Nick Werse with an Outstanding Staff Award this spring in a presentation at Truett Seminary. Werse is director of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Ed.D. Writing Center, which serves hundreds of students in the SOE’s online Ed.D. in Learning and Organizational Change (EdD-LOC). The center offers comprehensive support, including writing development support, writing webinars, writing resources for faculty, course development recommendations, dissertation formatting support, and individualized student writing consultations via Zoom, employing a staff of seven including Werse. During the fall of 2021, the EdD Writing Center provided feedback on over 950 documents, which included more than 480 writing consultations, and written feedback to guide the development of more than 470 dissertation chapters.

Werse holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor, graduating in 2018, and a 2012 M.Div. from Truett Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies. He earned his B.A. from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He published a book on Old Testament prophets in 2019 and has another in the works on the prophets in the age of ecological crisis, and he is competent in eight research languages. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2022
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SOE and Campus Living & Learning Expand Partnership [04/21/2022]

Dawson Hall

Dawson Hall, along with adjacent Allen Hall, will be the new home of an expanded Living-Learning Center, a partnership of SOE and Campus Living & Learning.

The Baylor School of Education (SOE) and Campus Living & Learning (CLL) have announced an expansion of their partnership in providing residential academic initiatives to Baylor students. The SOE’s Impact Living-Learning Center (LLC) and the LEAD LLC will join forces to form the IMPACT & LEAD LLC, which will be located in Allen and Dawson residence halls. Student residents will participate in renaming the LLC during the 2022-23 academic year.

The SOE’s Impact LLC started in 2015 in South Russell Residence Hall, near the school’s home in Marrs McLean Science Building, and has always served both education majors and other students. The LEAD LLC, launched in 2004, is also multi-disciplinary and all of its residents take a leadership course taught by the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership through its leadership minor program. This new partnership will strengthen the academic bond between the LLC students and the SOE. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2022
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Dr. Mar Magnusen Receives Research Award [04/21/2022]

MagnusenDr. Marshall Magnusen, associate professor of sport management in the Department of Educational Leadership, received the Research Fellow Award from the Applied Sport Management Association (ASMA). ASMA is a scholarly organization that aims to builds research partnerships scholars studying sport — both faculty and students — and practitioners working in the sport industry. The award recognizes “scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to ASMA and its vision, as well as distinction in sport management research and scholarly contributions to the conference and the official journal, the Journal of Applied Sport Management. Continue Reading →