Emily Row Prevost is Director of Leadership Development and Assistant Professor of Leadership Development at East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) in Marshall, Texas.  In this role she teaches leadership courses for students seeking a minor in Leadership from ETBU and creates leadership development programs for students on campus.  In addition, she coordinates, writes curriculum, and provides facilitator training for 23 sections of Learning and Leading, a class for first-time freshmen aimed at assisting students to become college-level learners and leaders.

Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Bible and her Master of Arts in Religion from Hardin-Simmons University.  She completed her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University.  She has continued her professional development with certificate-level training in: professional and personal coaching, basic conflict mediation, Birkman® Method interpretation, and use of the Quality of Life Instrument (QOLI) in Coaching. Emily is a contributing writer for the “Right or Wrong?” ethics column in the Baptist Standard.  Prior to her work at East Texas Baptist University, Emily served in Texas Baptist denominational life, including her work at the Baptist General Convention of Texas creating leadership development programs for students and young adults.

What brought you to ETBU?

We came to ETBU when my husband was hired to serve as Director of Student Activities, but I was thrilled when a position opened up for me to serve here as well.  I stay at ETBU because it gives me the opportunity to teach in my field in an environment that strongly supports developing students as leaders and in a setting where I get to discuss faith in my classroom. Not every university is as committed to these two things and they are among the reasons I most love being at ETBU.  The community of our ETBU faculty and staff also make this an incredible place to teach.

What makes a student successful in your classes?

In order for my students to be successful, whether they are freshmen or seniors, they need to read and prepare before arriving in class, engage in the learning activities we do during class, and they need to study and apply their new knowledge to real life situations.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from your ETBU students?

To try new things - I’m always impressed that my students, especially my freshmen come to campus for the first time and dive in with both feet.  They are constantly faced with something different or new: new home, new classes, new material, new vocabulary, new friends, new concepts.  They encourage me to try new things too – in the classroom and in my personal life as well. 

How do you promote Christian Scholarship in your classroom? 

In leadership classes, we discuss a wide-range of leadership models, theories, and ideas.  We evaluate these theories, models, and ideas in light of the teachings of Scripture and which are appropriate for us to utilize as followers of Christ. We also spend a lot of time talking about how to make decisions as leaders according to the Christian values that we hold.  


Emily Row Prevost, Ph.D.

PhD    Dallas Baptist University, Leadership Studies
Dissertation: Quality of Life for Texas Baptist Pastors

MA     Hardin-Simmons University, Religion
Thesis: Sabbath to Lord’s Day: A Response to the God who
Creates, Redeems and Sustains
BA      Hardin-Simmons University, Bible0

Areas of expertise:
Leadership Development

Professional affiliations
Association of Leadership Educators

Prevost, E. R., “Serving God, Not Men or Women,” Christian Reflection (Winter 2009): 68-71.
Contributing Columnist, “Right or Wrong” Ethics Column, Baptist Standard.