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Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations8Concurrent Session<p>​Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for presentations about campus vocational exploration programs. <a href="/NetvueCall">Please see Call for Proposals.</a></p>
Small Group Discussions by Campus RoleSmall Group Discussions by Campus Role3<p>​Participants will meet in small groups of campus leaders serving in similar roles to discuss the effectiveness of different approaches that can sustain programs on vocation, with attention to varying institutional missions and participants’ experiences. Each group also will consider ways to broaden vocational exploration efforts on their campuses.</p>
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions5
Presidents ForumPresidents Forum8<em>(Open only to currently-serving presidents)</em><br><br>Presidents are invited to take part in candid conversation regarding changing institutional contexts and approaches to broaden and sustain vocational exploration initiatives while attending to institutional mission and resources. Two NetVUE member presidents will facilitate the discussion. <br><blockquote>Conveners:<br><strong><em>J. Michael Pressimone</em></strong>, President, Fontbonne University<br><strong><em>Susan Traverso</em></strong>, President, Thiel College</blockquote>
Orientation Session for Those New to NetVUEOrientation Session for Those New to NetVUE3<p>​Those participating in the NetVUE Conference for the first time are invited to gather for an orientation to NetVUE. The session will provide information about NetVUE’s history, programs, and services. This session also will offer guidance about participating in the NetVUE Conference and will allow newcomers to get to know others.</p>
Opportunities for Vocational Reflection (Optional)Opportunities for Vocational Reflection (Optional)21
Lunch by Campus RoleLunch by Campus Role9<p>Conference participants will sit at tables designated by campus role.​</p>
Workshops on Vocational Resources to Enrich Campus InitiativesWorkshops on Vocational Resources to Enrich Campus Initiatives10Concurrent Session<h3>​Getting the Word Out: Telling the Story of Successful Programs </h3>Many NetVUE institutions are operating highly successful vocational exploration programs, from which their undergraduate students are benefitting enormously. But it can be difficult at times to make these successes known and recognized, even among the college’s faculty and staff members—let alone to its wider constituencies (including alumni, current and prospective parents, and trustees). This panel—which comprises journalists and scholars with extensive experience in social media, blogging, and writing for a wider audience—will offer insights and suggestions for telling these important success stories more compellingly. <br><blockquote><strong><em>Kalpana Jain</em></strong>, Senior Religion and Ethics Editor, <em>The Conversation US</em><br><strong><em>Caryn D. Riswold</em></strong>, Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission, and Professor of Religion, Wartburg College<br><strong><em>C. Hannah Schell</em></strong>, NetVUE Online Community Coordinator, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Interfaith Vocational Reflection at Distinctively Religious Campuses</h3>At many colleges with distinctive religious missions and constituencies, student bodies are becoming increasingly diverse with respect to faith commitment or lifestance. What challenges do such institutions face when carrying out programs in vocational exploration and discernment? Do the Christian roots of the concept of vocation allow for, encourage, or even demand a religiously inclusive approach? What role can the college’s traditional constituencies play in adjusting to this new context? Presenters from three NetVUE institutions will speak to the challenges and opportunities for interfaith vocation programs at religiously distinctive institutions.<br><blockquote><strong><em>John D. Barton</em></strong>, Professor of Religion and Director, Center for Faith and Learning, Pepperdine University<br><strong><em>Jeffrey Carlson</em></strong>, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Religion, Dominican University (IL)<br><strong><em>Marion H. Larson</em></strong>, Department Co-Chair and Professor of English, Bethel University (MN)<br><strong><em>Sara L. H. Shady</em></strong>, Professor of Philosophy, Bethel University (MN)<br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Mentoring Students of Color for Deep Purpose</h3>How do students of color experience vocational exploration programs at predominantly white institutions? How are their questions of personal identity and spirituality shaped by the current national landscape of race and religion? Three presenters who have reflected deeply on these questions will offer their perspectives on vocation, spirituality, religion, and purpose in the lives of students of color. They also will describe effective practices used in higher education to address these topics and offer realistic next steps for campus programs.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Keith J. Baltimore</em></strong>, University Minister, Protestant Christian Ministry, DePaul University<br><strong><em>Younus Y. Mirza</em></strong>, Project Director, Barzinji Project for International Collaboration to Advance Higher Education, Shenandoah University<br><strong><em>Monica M. Smith</em></strong>, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Augustana College (IL)<br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Virtue, Vice, Vocation: Scholarship on Ethics and Calling</h3>The first volume in the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, <em>At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education</em>, featured a number of chapters that explored the relationships among virtue, vice, and vocation. These essays have generated additional scholarly discussion, particularly within the wider field of virtue ethics. In this session, one of the volume’s contributors will be joined by two other experts in this field. Together, they will lead a conversation about the scholarly merit and practical application of the language of virtue and vice as an element of vocational reflection programs.  <br><blockquote><strong><em>Douglas V. Henry</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University<br><strong><em>David Matzko McCarthy</em></strong>, Associate Provost and Fr. James M. Forker Professor of Catholic Social Teaching, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)<br><strong><em>Elizabeth Newman</em></strong>, Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics and Director, Master of Theological Studies Program, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond<br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Vocation across the Curriculum: Lessons from the NetVUE Faculty Seminar</h3>What does it mean to “teach” vocation in the college context? What do we know about effective practices for implementing vocational reflection in the classroom? This session, convened by the co-leaders of NetVUE’s faculty seminar, Teaching Vocational Exploration, features four presenters from a variety of academic disciplines, who will speak to their experiences of implementing vocational exploration in a curricular setting.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Geoffrey W. Bateman</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies and Associate Dean of Student Support and Experiential Learning, Regis University (CO)<br><strong><em>Lindsay Bosko-Dunbar</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Director of Pathways to Purpose, Spring Hill College<br><strong><em>Esteban Loustaunau</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the SOPHIA Program, Assumption College<br><strong><em>Robin Shura</em></strong>, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kent State University at Stark<br><br><h4>Conveners:</h4><strong><em>Darby K. Ray</em></strong>, Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement and Professor of Religious Studies, and Director, Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College<br><strong><em>Paul J. Wadell</em></strong>, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College<br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Vocation in the Health Professions</h3>By some estimates, nearly half of entering undergraduates plan to pursue careers in the health professions. Of these, a large majority imagine that they will be physicians. Many of these students will discover—sometimes with considerable pain—that medicine is not, in fact, their calling. Other students may avoid considering health careers because of misperceptions about the skills and capacities that these diverse fields require. Three presenters with wide experience addressing these issues, both in theory and practice, will lead a conversation on vocational exploration programs for students who face these questions. <br><blockquote><strong><em>Tina S. Holland</em></strong>, President, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University<br><strong><em>Margaret E. Mohrmann</em></strong>, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Religious Studies, University of Virginia<br><strong><em>Kurt A. Schackmuth</em></strong>, Vice President for Mission and Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Lewis University</blockquote>
Business Meeting of NetVUE MembersBusiness Meeting of NetVUE Members11
Networking ReceptionNetworking Reception12
Dinner on Your OwnDinner on Your Own13
Breakfast Roundtable DiscussionsBreakfast Roundtable Discussions14
Opportunities for Worship and Vocational Reflection (Optional)Opportunities for Worship and Vocational Reflection (Optional)25
Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations27Concurrent Session<p>​Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for presentations about campus vocational exploration programs. <a href="/NetvueCall">Please see Call for Proposals.</a></p>
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Welcome and Bobby Fong Memorial Keynote Address: Rebecca S. ChoppWelcome and Bobby Fong Memorial Keynote Address: Rebecca S. Chopp2Rebecca S. ChoppPlenary Session<p>​<em>The keynote address is offered in memory of Bobby Fong (1950–2014), who was president of Ursinus College and Butler University and played a key role in the founding of NetVUE.</em><br><br></p><h3>The Future as Vocation</h3><p>Current trends for work, society, and the individual’s search for meaning are disrupting our traditional understanding of vocation. By some accounts, nearly 60 percent of today’s jobs will be automated by 2030, and 85 percent of the jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Seven out of ten workers face an uncertain future. Continuous vocational navigation through career, life, and society will be more important than ever, and this process will be shaped by a person’s faith commitments, values and talents, and political and cultural perspectives. In this world of accelerating change, how can higher education leaders design a 21st-century understanding of vocation that encourages students and graduates to develop lives of meaning, purpose, and commitment? Which educational practices effectively support the skills, habits, and capacities needed for life-long vocational design and agility? <br><br>Chair: <strong><em>Tracy Y. Espy</em></strong>, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pfeiffer University<br></p>
Closing Plenary Session: Robert M. Franklin, Jr.Closing Plenary Session: Robert M. Franklin, Jr.18Robert M. Franklin, Jr.Plenary Session<h3>​The Vocation of Moral Leadership</h3><p>Moral leadership across societies has become an urgent concern. Ethical reform and social change take place when ideas, individuals, and institutions align for the common good. Colleges and universities have often led and modeled change to advance our society. This address will suggest that educational leaders are called to demonstrate moral leadership with confidence and humility at a time of declining intellectual clarity and social and moral cohesion. By embracing this work as a vocation, leaders can embody and act with courage, integrity, and imagination as they strive to serve the common good and invite others to join them. This vocation can be carried out by gifted individuals, dedicated groups, and enduring institutions.<br><br>Chair: <strong><em>Kent L. Henning</em></strong>, President, Grand View University<br></p>
Boxed Lunches and DepartureBoxed Lunches and Departure19
Opportunities for Vocational Reflection (Optional)Opportunities for Vocational Reflection (Optional)15
Concurrent Campus PresentationsConcurrent Campus Presentations16Concurrent Session<p>​Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for presentations about campus vocational exploration programs. <a href="/NetvueCall">Please see Call for Proposals.</a></p>
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NetVUE Advisory Council MeetingNetVUE Advisory Council Meeting31
Welcoming Reception and Dinner with Remarks: Christopher L. CobleWelcoming Reception and Dinner with Remarks: Christopher L. Coble4<p>​The evening reception and dinner will provide an inviting setting to greet old friends and meet new ones.<br><br>Remarks: <strong><em>Christopher L. Coble</em></strong>, Vice President for Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.<br></p>
Plenary Session Panel: Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones, Rachel S. Mikva, Anantanand Rambachan, and Zeenat RahmanPlenary Session Panel: Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones, Rachel S. Mikva, Anantanand Rambachan, and Zeenat Rahman6Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones; Rachel S. Mikva; Anantanand Rambachan; Zeenat RahmanPlenary Session<h3>​Vocation in Multi-Faith Environments: Lifestance, Diversity, Difference</h3><p>The language of vocation has deep roots in the Christian theological tradition. Given the increasingly multi-faith context of undergraduate life, many have asked whether this terminology can truly serve as a new vocabulary for higher education. Yet all students—regardless of their academic field, religious background, or demographic identity—will encounter people of diverse lifestances and beliefs. Students need space to reflect on their experiences and understandings of differences, particularly as they explore and discern their own vocations. The three scholars on this panel have explored these issues in their contributions to the newest volume from the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, <em>Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy</em> (Oxford, forthcoming). They will engage in a conversation about how a broader understanding of vocational exploration and discernment can address the increasingly diverse context of undergraduate education today.<br></p>
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