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by Lexi Nitishin, Student News Editor, Baylor University Media and Public Relations
WACO, Texas (November 19, 2021) – Wool ScalesPhD, Professor of social work at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, is among the education leaders who helped launch the Global Education Consortium‘s (CGE) new research institute, creating collaboration between faculty and students on topics from all disciplines that have an international component.
The CGE is a global, nonprofit network of private colleges and universities with member campuses in more than 23 U.S. states and six nations. Each of these universities is also committed to quality international education programs. Baylor was instrumental in the formation of CGE in 1987 and continues to be an active partner in its mission.
Scales addressed the opening forum of the CGE annual meeting earlier this fall at Campbell University with a challenge for small and medium-sized universities to support faculty scholarships, including international collaborations raised by the CGE research Institute. She encouraged presidents and provosts to give faculty time off for research, organize a scholarship day, create research grants, and bring research into the culture of their university.
“Such conversations are an essential part of Baylor’s ongoing relationship with the Consortium. As a university striving to Search I status, we have the opportunity to work with other Christian colleges as they strive to increase their research productivity,” Scales said.
Scales is pursuing an initiative to cultivate research activities within universities where research is not as widespread. The CGE includes many such universities and currently pursues related research stimulation activities specifically related to internationally oriented research. The Research Institute is under the direction of Jeffrey Moore, Ph.D. of Anderson University.
Affiliate members represent leading national universities around the world. Each member of the Consortium is committed to providing quality university education and supports the internationalization of higher education through global student and faculty participation.
James Bennighof, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Baylor, has been involved with the Consortium for 17 years. Working in conjunction with Scales, Bennighof sits on the executive committee as CGE secretary.
“My involvement in the organization has taught me a lot about the varied cultural contexts and circumstances in which education, especially higher education, is pursued around the world,” Bennighof said.
CGE member universities and colleges have become a gateway to the world for American educators and professionals, providing access to places of learning in countries with a desire for quality education, global stability, professional and economic development and civil societies.
As global issues require a measured and well-planned response for international participation, CGE is well positioned to foster integrative educational partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
“Baylor pursues many international and international education initiatives independent of the CGE, but the CGE is one avenue through which Baylor faculty and staff can become aware of opportunities to contribute to and learn from them,” Bennighof said.
In addition to her work with CGE, Scales is one of the co-directors of International Baptist Scholars Roundtable (BSIR). Baptist scholars from around the world gathered virtually for BSIR 2021, which continued its biennial theme “Baptists and the Kingdom of God.”
This year, BSIR participants represented six nations and a variety of Baptist perspectives in disciplines including theology, biblical studies, history and sociology.
“The commitment to mentoring young scholars is essential to Baylor’s role in helping to train the next generation of Christian scholars,” Scales said.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian university and nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for over 20,000 students by combining interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Established in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a wide range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT THE DIANA R. GARLAND SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University is home to one of the nation’s leading social work graduate programs with a research agenda focused on the integration of faith and practice. True to its mission to prepare social workers in a Christian context for worldwide service and leadership, the school offers a bachelor’s degree (BSW); a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree available in Waco or online; three joint degree options, MSW/MBA, MSW/M.Div. and MSW/MTS, through a partnership with Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and George W. Truett Theological Seminary; and an online doctorate. program. Visit baylor.edu/social_work to learn more.