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September 18, 2017
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New Faculty Members Join Baylor School of Education [09/15/2017]

The School of Education welcomed five new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year, including additions in each academic department. A couple are familiar faces, while others are new to Baylor.

Jessica Akers, PhD, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology
PhD: Utah State University, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis
MA: California State University, Fresno, Applied Behavior Analysis
BA: California State University, Fresno, Psychology
Post-doctoral fellowship: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Jessica Akers has worked with children with autism and related disabilities in home-, center-, and school-based programs targeting both skill acquisition and the reduction of challenging behavior.

Her research interests include strategies for promoting appropriate social and play skills and verbal behavior in individuals with autism and related disabilities. She is primarily interested in targeting appropriate play between children with autism and their typically developing peers and siblings. She has published her research in journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior AnalysisLearning and Motivation, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Continue Reading →

August 30, 2016
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Dr. Laine Scales Named Baylor Master Teacher [08/30/2016]

Dr. Laine ScalesDr. Laine Scales, professor of higher education who teaches in the School of Education’s Ph.D. program in higher education and leadership studies, is among three Baylor faculty members honored for teaching excellence.

Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland announced the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, College of Arts & Sciences; T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education, School of Education, and associate dean of graduate studies and professional development, Graduate School; and Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Continue Reading →

May 9, 2016
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Tiffany Hogue Joins Baylor School of Education as Clinical Professor of Higher Education [05/09/2016]

Hogue-Tiffany-Blog650Tiffany Hogue, who served for thirteen years in Baylor’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, including the past five years as the provost’s chief of staff, has joined the School of Education in the role of Clinical Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration. She will teach graduate courses in the areas of education leadership, governance and law and teach undergraduate courses in the Leadership minor, a program she initially will direct.

In announcing Hogue’s appointment, School of Education Dean Dr. Michael McLendon said, “Tiffany’s love for students and for teaching and her experience in leading many high-level academic initiatives at Baylor strengthens our capabilities at an important time in our school’s history. She is an esteemed, trusted colleague whose positive impact in our school will be felt immediately.” Continue Reading →

September 8, 2015
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Summer Ride to Freedom [09/08/2015]

Lakia Scott

Dr. Lakia Scott reads to students at Fort Worth’s CDF Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church

A summer sabbatical studying local and statewide trends in urban literacy sparked a new goal for Dr. Lakia Scott. As an assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education, Scott set out to examine program models that could benefit Texas elementary students who struggle in reading achievement.

“In addition to conducting research on various school districts, types of schooling, and other programs in the nation, I found that the Freedom Schools Program, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), were widely known in some areas, but less popular in others,” she said. “So I dedicated my field research to learning from program directors, site coordinators, teachers and students from various sites in Texas.” Continue Reading →

July 1, 2015
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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.

March 13, 2015
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SOE’s Dr. Grant Morgan Wins Prestigious Award for Paper [03/13/2015]


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 →

December 2, 2014
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Back to School Lessons [12/2/2014]

TonyBlog-650wideWhen School of Education professor Dr. Tony Talbert left Baylor’s “ivory tower” to return to teaching high school last year, he learned that today’s students see technology not as a tool, but as a context. Talbert and SOE doctoral student Jason Trumble have written an editorial about it for the Hechinger Report. Read it by clicking here: Hechinger Report

June 6, 2014
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SOE Dean Jon Engelhardt Announces Retirement [6/6/14]


Dr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the Baylor School of Education, has announced his intent to retire next year.

Engelhardt, who became dean in July of 2007, is also a professor of Curriculum and Instruction. Before coming to Baylor, he served as a faculty member in mathematics education and administrator at Arizona State University for 16 years. Prior to the Baylor deanship, he served for 20 years as an education dean at the University of Texas El Paso, Northern Arizona University, and Wichita State University. Continue Reading →

May 7, 2014
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Dr. Susan Johnsen Receives Prestigious Award from Council for Exceptional Children [5/7/2014]

NewJohnsenThumbDr. Susan Johnsen, Professor of Educational Psychology in the Baylor School of Education, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The author of more than 200 publications, Johnsen is an expert in gifted education, and this is the first time the CEC award has been given to an educator in the field of gifted education. Continue Reading →

April 17, 2014
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Baylor SOE Professor Honored as Collins Outstanding Professor, Will Give Lecture April 23 [4/17/2014]

La Bounty-thumbPaul La Bounty, Ph.D., associate professor of health, human performance and recreation (HHPR) in the Baylor School of Education, is the recipient of the Collins Outstanding Professor Award for 2014. The Collins Professor is chosen each year by a vote of Baylor’s senior class.

La Bounty teaches anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and strength and conditioning methods to HHPR students, many of them on pre-med or other pre-health academic tracks. He said the award was a surprise to him.

“My students make it easy to do my job,” La Bounty said. “They are respectful, engaging and far brighter than I am, so I appreciate the vote and the honor.” Continue Reading →