Calvin College Professor Will Lecture Feb. 21 on "Teaching and Christian Practice"

February 20, 2013
Teaching and Christian Practice

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Contact: Terry Goodrich, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-3321
WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2013) - Some worry the bond between faith and learning is becoming less cohesive. In response to this concern, Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning and Academy for Teaching and Learning welcome David I. Smith, Ph.D., as he lectures on "Teaching and Christian Practice."
In his presentation, Smith will invite reflection on the practice of teaching and the connection between pedagogy and Christian higher education. The lecture, sponsored by Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning, will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Bennett Auditorium in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St.
"One of the central concerns of a university like Baylor is how its teaching might be animated by the Christian faith," said Darin Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning.
"David Smith lectures internationally about how particular Christian practices and virtues give shape to what professors teach. He is recognized as a leading authority on pedagogy, and he is an imaginative and winsome speaker. We are delighted he is joining us as we think concretely about our commitment to transformational education," Davis said.
Smith is the director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and professor of German at Calvin College. He has published several books and articles, including his most recent book, "Teaching and Christian practices: Reshaping faith and learning." Smith graduated with honors from the University of Oxford and earned his Ph.D. at the University of London.
This lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact Darin Davis at 254-710-4850.
by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.