Fourth National NetVUE Conference to Focus on ‘Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation’

CIC’s fourth national Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Conference will take place March 23–25, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Building on the momentum of the first three national conferences and under the theme, “Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation,” the 2017 NetVUE Conference will feature effective strategies to lead and sustain vocational exploration efforts. NetVUE is a nationwide campus-supported network of 210 institutional members that fosters the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among college and university students.
An array of distinguished speakers (see below) and other experts will address such topics as fostering the theological exploration of meaning and purpose, understanding undergraduate student development and students’ worldviews, and developing successful campus programs.
The conference also will draw heavily on practical lessons from scholars and experienced campus leaders and provide an opportunity to network with colleagues in similar roles at other institutions. Workshops will address such topics as Campus Strategies for Interfaith Learning, Purpose and Direction in the Post-College Transition to Work, Theological Imagination and Pedagogical Practice, and the Quest for Purpose through Liberal Learning. NetVUE members are invited to submit proposals for conference presentations and posters about effective campus programs. The proposal submission deadline is November 11, 2016, and the conference registration deadline is December 9.
Each NetVUE member institution is invited to send a three- to five-person team to the conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Charlotte and Le Méridien Charlotte hotels in downtown Charlotte. Generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. will cover the registration fees, lodging, and most meals for a campus team of three from each NetVUE member institution. View the NetVUE Conference schedule and additional program information, as well as information about joining NetVUE.

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2017 NetVUE Conference Plenary Speakers

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  • Miroslav Volf, founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School, will deliver the keynote address, “Transcendence and Calling.”
  • Matthew J. Mayhew, William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration at Ohio State University, and Alyssa N. Rockenbach, professor of higher education at North Carolina State University, will explore in a plenary session “A Call to Understanding: How Students’ Diverse Backgrounds and Worldviews Can Enhance Vocational Discernment,” drawing on findings from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey.
  • Elizabeth J. Dias, award-winning correspondent for Time magazine, will moderate the closing plenary session on “Renewing a Theology of Vocation.” Panelists will include Kathleen A. Cahalan, director of Collegeville Institute Seminars and professor of theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary (MN); Robert M. Franklin, Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University and director of the religion department of the Chautauqua Institution; and Barbara Brown Taylor, noted author and Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College (NC).