T. Laine Scales, Professor of Social Work, received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her MSW from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky. After teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Stephen F. Austin State University, she began her Baylor career in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work. From 2004- 2018 she served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development in Baylor’s Graduate School and from 2008- 2018 she served the School of Education as Professor of Higher Education. Since 2011 Dr. Scales has co-directed the Baylor in Oxford summer study abroad program. In 2016, Baylor honored Dr. Scales with its highest teaching award, Baylor Master Teacher. Dr. Scales co-founded the Conyers Program in 2010.
Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books and over forty articles and chapters in the areas of faculty development, Christianity and social work,(with an emphasis on early Baptist social workers and Woman’s Missionary Union), and history of Baptist women in higher education, including All That Fits a Woman: Training Southern Baptist Women for Charity and Mission, 1907-1926, (Mercer University Press, 2000), and Doing the Word: Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Church Social Work and its Predecessors, 1907-1997, (with Melody Maxwell, University of Tennessee Press, 2019).
Perry L. Glanzer, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Foundations and a Resident Scholar with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, M.A. from Baylor University and B.A. from Rice University.
He is the co-author, most recently, of Christ Enlivened Student Affairs: A Guide to Christian Thinking and Practices in the Field (Abilene Christian University Press, 2020) and The Outrageous Idea of the Christian Teacher (Oxford University Press, 2019). Some of his other co-authored books include: The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life (SUNY Press, 2017) and Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age (Intervarsity, 2017); The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today’s University (Cascade, 2013), Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), and Christianity and Scholarship in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2007). He also co-edited Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance (Eerdmans, 2014) and Taking Captive Every Thought: Forty Years of Christian Scholar’s Review (Abilene Christian University Press, 2011).
In addition, Dr. Glanzer has authored or co-authored over 75 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to moral education, faith-based higher education, and the relationship between religion and education. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Christian Scholar's Review.
Doctoral Administrative Fellow
Maggi Jones is a doctoral candidate in the Religion Department, whose research focuses on the political import of contemplative silence in the Christian tradition. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Maggi received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. in religion from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. She has delighted in teaching several classes at Baylor and interacting with undergraduates, and she values being part of a community of learners who are dedicated to integrating faith and scholarship. While not teaching or writing, Maggi cherishes her time with her husband and son, whether it’s playing with Legos or dancing around the living room.
Associate Dean and Conyers Administrator
Dr. Sara Dolan is the Associate Dean for Professional Development, where she supports graduate student and faculty success. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and she served as the Graduate Program Director for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program (Psy.D.) for 5 years. Her research focuses on neuropsychological factors that impact life functioning in individuals with substance use disorders and trauma. She has received more than $3 million in federal funding for work with military personnel and veterans, mental health service providers, and families of individuals affected by trauma. Dr. Dolan graduated from the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in psychology. She completed her clinical internship at the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National institutes for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown university. She has been at Baylor since 2007.