NetVUE Provides Professional Development Awards, Welcomes New Members

Professional Development Awards

In June, CIC granted Professional Development Awards to 27 colleges and universities that are members of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) (see recipient list below). Each institution received $5,000–$10,000 for the 2017–2018 academic year to equip campus leaders for the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among their undergraduate students.

The colleges and universities receiving the awards proposed professional development initiatives to help faculty and staff members strengthen institutional practices for vocational exploration and ground the intellectual and theological foundations of these efforts. NetVUE supports a broad range of campus approaches to help students connect their passions and values with their academic and career aspirations. Some institutions will focus on understanding the vocational needs of first-generation undergraduates or reshaping advising practices for students considering questions of meaning and purpose. Others will develop a campus-wide understanding of vocation that connects to their institutional mission. Several NetVUE institutions will orient newer faculty and staff members to existing campus vocational engagement approaches within and beyond the classroom. Other campuses proposed that funds be used to bridge a gap between the liberal arts and professional studies by developing a four-year “scaffold” for vocational exploration. NetVUE institutions are using seminars, workshops, reading circles, retreats, and institutional mini-grants to support these professional developments.

Professional Development Awards are administered by CIC and generously funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The awards are one part of the larger NetVUE effort to deepen the understanding of the intellectual and theological dimensions of vocational exploration while also sharing knowledge, best practices, and reflections on experiences across participating institutions. Another round of Professional Development Awards will be available to NetVUE members next year, with proposals due in spring 2018.

2017–2018 NetVUE Professional Development Award Recipients

Aurora University (IL)
Azusa Pacific University (CA)
Bay Path University (MA)
Bennett College (NC)
Concordia University, St. Paul (MN)
Eckerd College (FL)
Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH)
Gordon College (MA)
Goshen College (IN)
Hastings College (NE)
Heritage University (WA)
Le Moyne College (NY)
Maryville College (TN)
Marywood University (PA)
Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)
Muskingum University (OH)
Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
Saint Mary’s College (IN)
Southern Adventist University (TN)
St. Thomas University (FL)
Susquehanna University (PA)
Thiel College (PA)
Transylvania University (KY)
University of Mount Union (OH)
Ursuline College (OH)
Viterbo University (WI)
Wesleyan College (GA)


Membership

NetVUE membership continued to expand during the 2016–2017 academic year, welcoming 26 additional college and university members during the period (see list below). Each of these new members focuses on the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation in the education of their undergraduate students.

NetVUE membership currently includes 210 colleges and universities across a broad spectrum of institutions with both religious and nonsectarian roots. Institutions can join NetVUE at any time. View more information on NetVUE’s programs and services. For questions, contact Shirley Roels, CIC senior advisor and director of NetVUE, at (616) 526-7819 or sroels@cic.nche.edu.


New NetVUE Members in 2016–2017

Adventist University of Health Sciences (FL)
Andrews University (MI)
Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
Bay Path University (MA)
Bennett College (NC)
Campbell University (NC)
College of the Holy Cross (MA)
College of the Ozarks (MO)
Concordia University, St. Paul (MN)
Covenant College (GA)
Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)
Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH)
Grove City College (PA)
Merrimack College (MA)
Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)
Muskingum University (OH)
Nebraska Methodist University
Rocky Mountain College (MT)
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
St. Thomas University (FL)
Thiel College (PA)
University of Great Falls (MT)
University of Mount Union (OH)
Ursuline College (OH)
Viterbo University (WI)
Wingate University (NC)


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