New CIC Book, Published by Oxford University Press, Examines Vocation across the Academy

book coverOxford University Press published a new NetVUE book in February 2017. The volume, Vocation across the Academy: A New Vocabulary for Higher Education, addresses the shortage of vocational exploration resources to bridge the gap between liberal arts and applied fields of study.

The book is comprised of essays written by NetVUE scholars and edited by David S. Cunningham, NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project director. Cunningham has brought together ideas from a range of writers who address the realities that undergraduates face today. These ideas expand the boundaries of vocational exploration to include an array of fields of study.

Chapter authors include scholars in the arts and sciences as well as those who teach in applied fields such as business, engineering, and health care. Each writer draws from his or her experience with students to address vocation as it arises in varied academic concentrations. These NetVUE scholars explore topics such as frameworks for human responsibility, the goals of public performance, the nature of work, and vocational contributions through the natural and social sciences. The authors also discuss the challenges of divergent vocational interests, agonizing personal and professional conflicts, and missteps that students can experience during their undergraduate years. Several chapters encourage faculty and staff members to shape college and university cultures that explore purpose as it is expressed in multiple paths of learning and student experience.

This second volume complements a previous book, At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education, which was developed by the first cohort of NetVUE scholars and published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Both volumes contribute to creative consideration of the intellectual and theological nature of undergraduate vocational exploration. The two books can be purchased from the Oxford University Press website. CIC and NetVUE members qualify for a 30 percent discount off the books’ list price. For more information, contact Shirley Roels, CIC senior adviser and director of NetVUE, at (616) 526-7819 or