Samford University


November 7, 2011

Our Story

Dr. Melissa Coleman graduated in biology from Samford in 1989, moving on to a fulfilling career in teaching and research.  Dr. Larry Davenport, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Samford and one of Dr. Coleman's mentors during her years here, wrote to me last week (with considerable pride) to say that a paper she co-authored has just been published in Science.  The title of the paper is "Neural Mechanisms for the Coordination of Duet Singing in Wrens."  From the opening paragraph:  "Previous findings in nonduetting songbird species suggest that premotor circuits should encode each bird's own contribution to the duet.  In contrast, we find that both male and female wrens encode the combined cooperative output of the pair of birds.  Further, behavior and neurophysiology show that both sexes coordinate the timing of their singing based on feedback from the partner and suggest that females may lead the duet." 


The world is better because of the curiosity of Samford graduates. 


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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