Dr. Joel Porter was appointed Assistant Dean of the Baylor School of Education (SOE) in January, after serving the School for several years as Director of Enrollment Management and Advising. Lindsey Freed, who has been the Assistant Director of Advising and Recruitment, is now Director of Advising and Recruitment.
“I am happy to take on the role,” Porter said. “It’s an exciting time to broaden my perspective and change how I look at things.”
Porter said his role will change from being more hands-on to being more administrative. He will continue to advise students until the end of the spring semester.
Porter has served 16 years in educational leadership positions at Baylor and more than 20 years in higher education administration. A 1987 Baylor graduate in sociology and a former football letter winner, Porter earned a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1990 from Baylor SOE and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Freed has more than 10 years experience in academic advising and almost six years working as the SOE Assistant Director of Advising and Recruitment. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Akron.
Freed said she is planning to expand undergraduate recruitment efforts, building relationships with more high schools and taking SOE faculty and students to high schools to connect with potential students. Freed will continue to serve as academic advisor to SOE students.
“I love advising students and building relationships, especially watching them grow,” Freed said.
As assistant dean, Porter also manages facilities for the SOE, including security matters, and organizes various committees, including undergraduate scholarships and student recognition. His duties encompass undergraduate academic progress, probations, suspensions and appeals. Porter will also help SOE faculty with curriculum revision, such as adding new classes or programs for education majors.
—by Kate McGuire