Dean, School of Sciences and Mathematics, Mississippi College

ABOUT ME

Originally From

Charleston, SC

Education

1975

Associates Degree in Science
Young Harris College
Young Harris, Georgia

1979

B.S. Mathematics (Major) & Chemistry (Minor)
Asbury University
Wilmore, Kentucky

1982

M.Div. Philosophical Theology
Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, Kentucky

  • Master’s Thesis Title: “A Pannenbergian Proposal for Doing Religious Epistemology”
  • Thesis Advisor: Lawrence Wood, Ph.D., Professor of Theology

1987

M.A. Philosophy
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

1995

Ph.D. Neurobiology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

  • Dissertation Title: “Reactive Astrocytes in Response to Cortical Contusion”
  • Dissertation Advisor: Steve Scheff, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Central Nervous System Injury and Recovery

Employment

2011–present Professor (Tenured)
Mississippi College
Clinton, Mississippi
2005-2010 Associate Professor (Tenured)
Mississippi College
Clinton, Mississippi
2004-present Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics
Mississippi College

Clinton, Mississippi
2002-2012 Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences
Mississippi College
Clinton, Mississippi
2001-2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy
University of Mississippi College of Medicine
Department of Anatomy
Jackson, Mississippi
1999-2004 Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Mississippi College
Clinton, Mississippi
1997-1998 Postdoctoral Fellow
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Columbus, Ohio
1995-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Department of Neurosurgery
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky
1985-1988 High School Mathematics and Science Instructor
Fayette County Public Education
Lexington, Kentucky

Teaching Experience

2001–present Human Gross Anatomy
University of Mississippi College of Medicine
Jackson, Mississippi
1999-present Human Gross Anatomy; Human Neuroanatomy; Histology; Medical Physiology
Mississippi College
Clinton, Mississippi
1995-1996 Neurophysiology for Physical Therapy (team taught)
University of Kentucky College of Allied Health
Lexington, Kentucky
1990-1991 Human Anatomy, Histology, Neuroanatomy (team taught)
University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry
Lexington, Kentucky
1992 Neuroanatomy for Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky College of Allied Health
Lexington, Kentucky
1999-2004 Freshman Mathematics (1 evening course/semester)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
1997-1998 Junior High and High School Math and Science
Fayette County
Lexington, Kentucky
1995-1997 Freshman Philosophy (2 courses/semester)
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Committee Work at Mississippi College

Academic Council

Deans Council

Graduate Council

Core Curriculum Committee (Chair 2004-2008)

  • Matters having to do with general education requirements common to all majors are handled by this committee. The body is responsible for assessing the core curriculum, ensuring that our assessment instruments are meaningful and are in line with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Strategic Planning and Steering Committee (SPSC) (2002-present)

  • This entity oversees the strategic direction of the University. Each year, strategic objectives are reviewed and progress evaluated. New objectives are formulated and objectives that have been met are eliminated.

Academic Program Quality sub-committee of SPSC (2005-present)

  • This sub-committee evaluates strategic objectives having to do with academic matters. Broad policy issues that impact academic life in the academy are evaluated.

Finance sub-committee of SPSC (2007-present)

  • This sub-committee oversees issues of financial matters of the university from analysis of tuition rates, scholarships levels and capital expenditures.

Retention Committee (2005-present)

  • This body monitors retention rates at the university and creates plans to improve these rates.

Pre-Professional Health Programs Advisory Committee (Chair. 2002-present)

  • I have served as chair of this committee. This committee oversees all pre-healthcare programs, e.g., premedical, predental, prepharmacy, preoptometry and pre-physical therapy. This committee addresses curricular matters that impact these areas.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Compliant Subcommittee. (2007 – present).

  • I am responsible for the core curriculum assessment and the write up for standards 2.7.3 and 3.5.1.

Committee on Committees (2002-2005)

  • This committee coordinates faculty assignments to all other committees at the university.

Faculty Advisor for Alpha Epsilon Delta (2001-2011)

  • This is a national Pre-Medical society for students interested in attending medical school..

CO-SIGN (Faculty Advisor, 2006-2010)

  • This is a national society of students interested in Neurology.

Calendar Committee (2004-present)

  • This body coordinates the academic calendar.

Information Systems Committee (2003-2007)

  • This committee offers guidance on policy matters having to do with technology use ranging from computer privacy issues to appropriate use of computers campus-wide.

Ad-hoc Committee Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom (Chair, 2006)

  • This is was a special committee appoint by the President of the University to evaluate how faculty could integrate computer technology in the classroom to enhance learning.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2000-present)

  • All protocols for animal use for research purposes are reviewed by this committee.

Commencement Committee (2003-present)

Neuroscience Grant Review Committee at the University of Mississippi Medical Center(2004-2006)

Other Committee Work

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee, Department of Anatomy, University of Mississippi Medical Center (2006)

Faculty Council (2004-2005)

  • The council functions as an advisor to the president. The members are elected by the faculty.

Mississippi Rural Scholarship Commission (2006-2010)

  • This body is made of various faculty and physicians associated with universities in the state of Mississippi. It was created this past year by an act of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Funds were appropriated for the awarding of monies to students interested in the practice of medicine in underserved areas of the state.

Quality Enhancement Plan Committee (2009-present), Mississippi College

  • This is committed appointed by the Vice President of Academics to coordinate and facilitate the development and implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan

Faculty liaison to the Mississippi College Alumni Association of Physicians and Dentist (2009-present)

  • The Alumni Association was created February 2009. I serve as the faculty representative to this association.

Professional Societies

Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Mississippi Philosophical Association
Society for Preprofessional Healthcare Advisors
Listed on the SACS registry as an external reviewer for Assessment.

Presentations

  1. Commencement address to the Graduate Students at Mississippi College, May 2007
  2. Nietzsche’s Demon, Eternal Recurrence and the Academic Life: Key Note Speaker at the Mississippi College Convocation of the College of Arts and Sciences, August 2006.
  3. The importance of being emotional : The role of the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex in decision making. S.A. Baldwin, 2004, Samford University.
  4. Stereological technique in cell counting. The Ohio State University, Department of Neuroscience. S.A. Baldwin, 1998.
  5. Loss of oligodendrocytes by apoptosis is extensive in regions of axonal degeneration following spinal cord injury. S. Shuman, S.A. Baldwin, J.C. Bresnahan, M. Beattie. Society of Neuroscience, 1998. Los Angeles, CA
  6. Unbiased estimate of possible age-related changes in total number of synapses in hippocampal CA1 region of the rat. P. Sullivan, S.A. Baldwin, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1997. New Orleans, LA
  7. Blood-spinal cord barrier breach and oxidative stress following spinal cord contusion in the NYU model. S.A. Baldwin, R. Broderick, , D.A. Blades, S.W Scheff.. Society of Neuroscience, 1997. New Orleans, LA
  8. Effects of insulin like growth factors and basic fibroblast growth factor on behavioral recovery following a mild cortical contusion. S.W. Scheff, S.A. Baldwin, P. Kraemer. Society of Neurotrauma, 1997. New Orleans, LA
  9. Albino vs pigmented strain differences in behavioral consequences following cortical contusion. R. Brown, S.A. Baldwin, P. Kraemer, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neurotrauma, 1997. New Orleans, LA
  10. Evaluation of the temporal evolution of the acute spinal cord injury. V. Runge, S.A. Baldwin, S.W. Scheff, D.A. Blades. Neurotrauma Symposium, University of Kentucky, 1997
  11. Sucrose post-fixation: Too much sugar could shrink your brain. S.W. Scheff and S.A. Baldwin. Society of Neuroscience, 1996. Washington, D. C.
  12. Synaptic replacement in regio superior following a severe cortical contusion. S.A. Baldwin, R. Hicks, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1996. Washington, D. C.
  13. Changes in astrocytic intermediate filaments following spinal cord contusion. S.A. Baldwin, D. Blades, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neurotrauma, 1996. Washington, D. C.
  14. Enriched environment attenuates water maze deficits in adult rats. S.W. Scheff, P. Kraemer, S.A. Baldwin. Society of Neurotrauma, 1996. Washington, D. C.
  15. Blood brain barrier breakdown following severe controlled cortical impact. S.A. Baldwin and S.W. Scheff. Neurotrauma Symposium, University of Kentucky, 1996
  16. Complex environment attenuates spatial memory deficits following cortical contusion. S.A. Baldwin, P. Kraemer, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1995. San Diego, CA
  17. Cognitive deficits associated with lateral controlled cortical impact. S.A. Baldwin, P. Kraemer, S.W. Scheff. Society of Neurotrauma, 1995. San Diego, CA
  18. Changes in GFAP and S100beta mRNA following unilateral cortical contusion in the rat. D. Hinkle, S.A. Baldwin, S.W. Scheff, P. Wise. Society of Neurotrauma, 1995. San Diego, CA
  19. Hippocampal neuronal injury after cortical contusion. S.A. Baldwin and S.W. Scheff. Society of Neurotrauma, 1995. San Diego, CA
  20. Synaptogenesis in the CA1 field following severe cortical contusion. S.W. Scheff, R. Hicks, S.A. Baldwin. Society of Neurotrauma, 1995. San Diego, CA
  21. Synaptophysin and electron microscopic assessment of reactive synaptogenesis. S.W. Scheff, S.A. Baldwin, J. Geddes. Society of Neuroscience, 1994. Miami, FL
  22. Are vimentin positive astrocytes following cortical impact necessarily associated with cell proliferation? S.A. Baldwin and S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1994. Miami, FL
  23. Astrocytic response following entorhinal lesion in the rat. S.A. Baldwin and S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1993. Washington, D. C.
  24. Astrocytic response following cortical contusion in the rat. S.A. Baldwin and S.W. Scheff. Society of Neuroscience, 1992. Anaheim, California.

Publications

  1. Scheff, S., Price, D., Hick, R., Baldwin, S.A., Robinson, S., Brackney, C. (2005) Synaptogenesis in the Hippocampal CA1 Field following Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 22:719-732.
  2. Baldwin, S.A., Broderick, R., Blades, D.A., Scheff, S.W. (1998), Intermediate filament change in astrocytes following spinal cord contusion. Journal of Neurotrauma, 12:1015-26
  3. Baldwin, S.A., Broderick, R., Osbourne, D., Waeg, G., Blades, D.A., Scheff, S.W. (1998) 4- hydroxynonenal/protein complex, an indicator of oxidative stress following experimental spinal cord contusion in the rat. Journal of Neurosurgery, 88:874-883
  4. Plomann, M., Lange, R., Vopper,G., Cremer,H., Heinlein,U., Scheff, S., Baldwin, S., Leitges,M., Cramer,M., Paulsson, M., Barthels,D. (1998) PACSIN, a brain protein that is upregulated upon differentiation into neuronal cells. European Journal of Biochemistry, 256:201-211
  5. Baldwin, S.A., Scheff, S.W. (1997) Alterations in glial fibrillary acidic protein and vimentin in hippocampal astrocytes following entorhinal cortex lesion. Neuroscience Research Communication, 20:157-165.
  6. Baldwin, S.A. and Scheff, S.W. (1997) Neuronal cell loss in the CA3 subfield of the hippocampus following cortical contusion utilizing the optical disector method for cell counting. Journal of Neurotrauma, 14:385-398.
  7. Hicks, R.R., Baldwin, S.A., Scheff, S.W., (1997) Serum extravasation and cytoskeletal alterations following traumatic brain injury in rats: comparison of lateral fluid percussion and cortical impact models. Molecular Chemical Neuropathology, 32:1-16.
  8. Scheff, S.W., Baldwin, S.A., Brown, R.W., Kraemer, P. J. (1997) Morris water maze in rats following traumatic brain injury: lateral controlled cortical impact. Journal of Neurotrauma, 14:615-627.
  9. Hinkle, D., Baldwin, S.A., Wise, P.M., Scheff, S.W., (1997) Changes in GFAP and S100 mRNA After Unilateral Cortical Contusion in the Rat. Journal of Neurotrauma, 14:729-738
  10. Runge, V., Wells, J., Baldwin, S. Scheff, S., Blades, D. (1997) Evaluation of the temporal evolution of acute spinal cord injury. Investigative Radiology, 32:105-110
  11. Baldwin, S.A., Fugaccia, I., Brown, D. Scheff, S.W., (1996) Blood-brain barrier breach following cortical contusion, Journal of Neurosurgery, 85:476-481.
  12. Kraemer, P.J., Brown, R.W., Baldwin, S.A., Scheff, S.W. (1996) Validation of a single-day Morris water maze procedure used to assess cognitive deficits associated with brain damage, Brain Research Bulletin. 39:17-22.
  13. Mattson, M.P., Cheng, B. Baldwin, S.A., Smith-Swintosky, V. L., Keller, J. Geddes, J.W., Scheff, S.W., Christakos, S. (1995) Brain injury and tumor necrosis factors induce calbindin D-28 in astrocytes: evidence for a cytoprotective response. J Neuroscience Research, 42:357-370.
  14. Baldwin, S.A., Scheff, S.W., (1995) Intermediate filament change in astrocytes following mild cortical contusion, Glia. 16:266-275.
  15. Cremer, H., Lange, R., Christoph, A., Plomann, M., Vopper, G., Roes, J., Brown, R., Baldwin, S., Kraemer, P., Scheff, S., Barthels, D., Rajewsky, K., Wille, W. (1994) Inactivation of the NCAM gene in mice results in size reduction of the olfactory bulb and deficits in spatial learning. Nature, 367:455-459.
  16. Baldwin, S. A., (1985) An Explication of Kant’s Refutation of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God. The Asbury Seminarian, 40: 32-41.