Dr. Susan Schafer is a senior lecturer and joined the faculty in 2002 in Curriculum & Instruction. Her primary academic interest and research relates to the ways teacher candidates develop professional identities as teachers in university-based teacher education programs.

Dr. Schafer teaches and coordinates the freshman introduction to teaching courses, American Educational Thought, and the year-long internship courses. She has served on the Baylor New Student Experience Advisory Board since 2012 and the Civil Rights Resolution Committee since 2015.

Dr. Schafer taught 4th grade and Kindergarten-5th grade Gifted and Talented students in Waco Independent School District at Lake Waco Elementary. She then moved to Lubbock, Texas, to co-direct a System’s Thinking in Education grant in the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.

She earned her Ph.D.  in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2006. She earned her B.S. in Education in 1991 and her M.S. in Education in 1992 at Baylor.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time with her son and three grandchildren.