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Campus Living & Learning, in conjunction with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Prehealth Studies, is pleased to announce that Dr. Karenna Malavanti will be the new Professor-in-Residence for Earle Hall beginning Fall 2022!

Dr. Karenna Malavanti is a senior lecturer and neuroscience consultant in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She regularly teaches introductory neuroscience, psychological science and cognition. Dr. Malavanti is a three-time Baylor alumnus. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2010, her master’s degree in psychology in 2012 and her doctorate. in Experimental Cognitive Psychology in 2014.Dr. Malavanti’s main research interests are in applied cognition and human memory. She has two main areas of research, legal psychology (i.e. the effectiveness of jury instructions and expert testimony, eyewitness memory in bilinguals, optimal alignment procedures) and the application of cognitive psychology to education (ie increasing retention of course material, optimizing teaching and learning strategies).

Dr. Malavanti previously served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Carson-Newman University, where she had the privilege of Professor-in-Residence. For her work with students, she received the Excellence in School Counseling Award (2016), the Student Government Staff Appreciation Award (2016), and the Student Advocate of the Year Award (2017). Dr. Malavanti joined the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor in 2017. In 2018 she traveled with Baylor students to Guatemala on a medical mission trip during spring break which was a great introduction to life alongside Baylor students. Dr. Malavanti has been honored for teaching excellence by the Provost’s Office and the Academy for Teaching and Learning; she was recognized as a Baylor Fellow in 2018-2019.

Dr. Malavanti is an active member of the Society for Psychological Education (APA Division 2), most recently serving as Co-Chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee. She regularly presents scholarships for teaching and learning (SoTL), innovative teaching practices, and professional development workshops at national conferences on psychology and neuroscience education. Dr. Malavanti is very fond of sharing her knowledge through evidence-based teaching and student-centered course design and hopes her students will enjoy learning about the mind and brain as much as she does. She is delighted and honored to serve as Professor-in-Residence for Earle Hall and the Science & Health Living-Learning Center.

Joining Dr. Malavanti in this role as Professor-in-Residence at Earle Hall will be her husband, Matthew, and daughter, Mila (1). They are active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Waco. “Baylor changed my life. As a first-generation student, I didn’t know what to expect from college. I quickly learned that the faculty, staff and students at Baylor cared about me and my future! I look forward to being part of this nurturing Christian community more intentionally by living alongside the students of Earle Hall. Our family motto is “the future is bright”, and we look forward to sharing that light as FIR. »

A special thank you to the members of the interview committee for their time and dedication to this important project!

  • Sienna Antoniolli, Director of Earle Hall Residence
  • Michelle Diaz, Science & Health LLC Program Director
  • Cameron Dvorcek, Student Leader of Science & Health LLC
  • Dr Marty Harvill, Lecturer in Biology
  • Mr. Brent Phillips, Professor, School of Music, Trombone and currently Professor-in-Residence for University House in North Village
  • Dr. Rich Sanker, Senior Director of Health Programs and Undergraduate Research
  • Benjamin Suhl, community manager for Earle Hall


Campus Living & Learning, in conjunction with the Provost’s Office and the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, is pleased to announce that Dr. Lee Grumbles will be the new Professor-in-Residence at Brooks Flats beginning in fall 2022!

Dr. Lee growlsDr. Lee Grumbles is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. He regularly teaches New Venture Finance, strategic management, the entrepreneurial process and starting and managing a small business. Dr. Grumbles received his BA in 2001 from Texas A&M University, his MBA in 2012 from Sam Houston State University, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2020 from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Grumbles’ main research interest is in the relationship between new business signals and investor legitimacy. He specifically explored how new companies can strategically exploit specific signals when competing for external capital.

Prior to joining Baylor University, Dr. Grumbles served as Vice President of Commercial Banking for 17 years and has extensive experience working with entrepreneurial businesses. During his time in the industry, Dr. Grumbles had the privilege of mentoring new bankers in various aspects of banking, such as B2B sales, risk assessment and portfolio management.

Dr. Grumbles is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and is active in the field, developing and presenting research in entrepreneurship. He is also currently a member of the Global Advisory Board of the McBride Center for International Business, which focuses on study abroad initiatives within Baylor University. Dr. Grumbles is a strong believer in active learning and regularly works to improve this style of teaching, participating in experiential teaching workshops and was recently named an Active Learning Fellow in Fall 2021 .

Dr. Grumbles is married to Lauren Grumbles and they have two children, Ethan (13) and Avery (10). They have been active members of Faithbridge United Methodist Church for many years. “I am so excited and looking forward to working with the next generation of entrepreneurial minds. Not only is this an amazing opportunity for students to collaborate with each other on new ideas and opportunities, but also for me to help bring these ideas to life.

A special thank you to the members of the interview committee for their time and dedication to this important project!

  • Dr. Kendall Artz, Director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise and Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • Jillian Haag, Residence Manager, Brooks Flats Hall
  • Mr. Shaun Limbers, Associate Director, Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise
  • Mr. Brent Phillips, Professor, School of Music, Trombone and currently Professor-in-Residence for North Village University House
  • Kylin Richardson, Community Manager for Brooks Flats
  • Lauren Ross, Program Director, Business & Innovation Living-Learning Center
  • Nick Sapp, Business & Innovation LLC Student Leader
  • Tyler Self, Clinical Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation