Franklin leading virtual campus

November 29, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Scott Franklin is enjoying his new job, a position that allows him to maintain a classroom presence, continue to oversee summer research projects in mathematics and put his technical skills to work in the computing arena.

Franklin, who has served as a professor of mathematics since 2000, was recently named the new director of Wayland Baptist University’s Virtual Campus, taking the place of Jay Sample who moved to a similar position at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, Calif. Franklin has served as the associate dean of the School of Math and Sciences in Plainview for the past several years.

Franklins’ mathematics background is heavily technical, dealing with computer programming and modeling. He has used this background to help troubleshoot problems with Blackboard, the system used for delivering Wayland’s online classes, in the past. Franklin was also instrumental in developing the math department’s online curriculum. He plans to build on this background and hopes to maintain a seamless system through which Wayland delivers its online product.

“The VC at Wayland is primarily a service department in that we facilitate online coursework that is supervised and run by the individual schools themselves,” Franklin said. “The individual schools are the ones who evaluate the professors and find instructors for courses. We need to be able to provide the schools with tools they need to offer a wide range of courses.”

Franklin said academic standards will be a main priority for him in his new job.

“My primary goal is that we maintain high academic quality in our courses. We can’t have courses that are just fluff courses with very little work,” Franklin said. “We need to take what we are doing in the classrooms and make sure we are providing that same quality experience online – integrating faith and learning. That is part of our identity and who we are.”

While Franklin will move out of his office in the math department, he will continue to teach on a limited basis and he will still be involved in undergraduate research projects in mathematics. As part of this research, Franklin oversaw the construction of a super computer cluster in the math department. He holds a bachelor of science degree in math and a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Wayland. He earned his master’s degree in applied mathematics, with a minor in computer science, from Texas Tech University 2000, and completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at Tech in 2005.

Franklins’ wife, Lori, earned a B.S. in math and a master’s in instructional technology from Wayland. She teaches mathematics at Plainview High School. They have three children, Emily, age 11, Timothy, 8, and Zachary, 6.