Broadening the Scope of Vocational Exploration

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About the Conference

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is pleased to invite teams of campus leaders to the fifth national conference of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), which will be held March 21−23, 2019, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. NetVUE is a nationwide campus-supported network administered by CIC that fosters the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among college and university students.

Under the theme “Broadening the Scope of Vocational Exploration,” the 2019 NetVUE Conference will focus on the growing importance of vocation and calling across a wide range of concerns in undergraduate education. Greater attention is being paid to vocational exploration in a variety of contexts, including theological reflection across faith traditions, intellectual inquiry into issues of morality and ethics, and initiatives to develop students as future professional and civic leaders.

An array of distinguished speakers will address such topics as vocation in a world of accelerating change, the increasingly diverse religious and ethical worldviews of undergraduate students, and moral leadership as a calling. Concurrent sessions will highlight successful campus programs and offer research-based analyses of vocational exploration in theory and practice. The entire conference is designed to provide participants with a wide range of resources to sustain and broaden the work of vocational exploration—in the classroom, the advising process, career development, campus ministry, community engagement, and other campus venues. Participants will also have opportunities to network with colleagues in similar roles at other institutions.

Each NetVUE member college and university is invited to designate a three- to five-person campus team, led by the president, chief academic officer, or another officer at the vice-presidential level. The team should include others who play key roles in helping undergraduates consider their vocations in relation to personal development, educational plans, and postgraduate choices. Campus representatives may include faculty members, student life staff, chaplains, vocation program directors, and career services advisors.

Thanks to member dues and generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., the registration fee of $800, which includes the costs of accommodations, all conference meals, and program materials, will be waived for three team members of NetVUE institutions. Two additional team members—up to five total—may register at the institution’s expense. Participating institutions will be responsible for covering travel expenses for all team members.

NOTE: Registration for the 2019 NetVUE Conference is closed.

About NetVUE

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The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide association of colleges and universities administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) that supports students in the work of vocational exploration and discernment. Through national conferences and regional gatherings, faculty seminars and scholarly resources, campus visit and consulting programs, and a wide range of grant initiatives, NetVUE encourages member institutions to develop and extend vocation-related conversations and programming on their campuses.

NetVUE is supported by member dues and by the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., which has brought conversations about vocation and calling to national prominence through a series of major grant initiatives over the past two decades. Among these were its Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), which supported major initiatives on 88 college and university campuses between 1999 and 2009. As Lilly’s direct support of PTEV concluded, CIC, with support from Lilly, launched NetVUE in 2009. Since that time, more than 225 colleges and universities have joined the CIC-sponsored network.

Biennial national conferences of NetVUE have been held since 2011, with the 2017 NetVUE Conference bringing together more than 600 campus leaders from 170 colleges and universities to explore vocational frameworks and practices. NetVUE member institutions, most of which are rooted in the liberal arts, represent a wide range of religiously-affiliated institutions as well as many without specific religious ties. They are united by their commitment to strengthen and deepen vocational exploration and discernment on their campuses, both in the classroom and in other areas of undergraduate student life.

NetVUE Purposes

NetVUE has five main purposes:

  1. Deepen the understanding of the intellectual and theological dimensions of vocational exploration;
  2. Examine the role of vocational exploration in a variety of institutional contexts;
  3. Share knowledge, best practices, and reflection on experiences across participating campuses;
  4. Facilitate the incorporation of additional colleges and universities into this enterprise; and
  5. Sustain an extended program in the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation.

NetVUE Activities

In addition to the large national conference held every other year, NetVUE offers a number of programs and services to member institutions:
  • Regional gatherings and multi-campus collaborations on specific topics conducted in non-conference years (six gatherings were held during 2017–2018);
  • Modest grants to support the further development of existing vocational exploration programs and the professional development of faculty and staff members;
  • An annual faculty development seminar, Teaching Vocational Exploration, for which faculty members may be nominated;
  • Consulting and campus visit services to strengthen or develop programs at member institutions;
  • Development of scholarly resources for vocational exploration, including At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education (2016), Vocation across the Academy: A New Vocabulary for Higher Education (2017), and Hearing Vocation Differently: Meaning, Purpose, and Identity in the Multi-Faith Academy (forthcoming), all published by Oxford University Press;
  • An online community for the exchange of resources and ideas among member institutions; and
  • A small NetVUE staff, housed at Hope College, to support the network.
NetVUE is administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and member dues. An Advisory Council composed of representatives from member institutions guides CIC in the administration of NetVUE. View additional information about NetVUE, including resources from prior conferences.

Not Yet a Member of NetVUE?

CIC welcomes the participation of additional independent colleges and universities in NetVUE. Institutions that join NetVUE gain access to the array of resources, programs, and services intended to support vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students. View additional information about NetVUE membership, including an application to join. Please complete the membership application prior to submitting conference registration. For questions about NetVUE, please contact David S. Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.

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Deadline for Proposal Submission: November 9, 2018

Participating institutions are invited to develop a concurrent session presentation about any aspect of vocational exploration and discernment. Ideas and programs that emerge from campus experience linked to NetVUE programs, grants, campus visits, faculty seminars, or other initiatives are especially encouraged, as are presentations that intersect with this year’s conference theme, “Broadening the Scope of Vocational Exploration.” Presentations may focus on any facet of vocation, whether from the perspective of a curricular program in an academic discipline (theology, ethics, literature, psychology, or any other field) or across disciplines, or in relation to campus activities in advising and mentoring, career development, campus ministry, community engagement, or any other campus venue where vocational exploration takes place. Proposals may share effective practices, emerging opportunities, or assessment of what has worked well—and what could be improved—for campus vocational exploration programs.

Guidelines for Submitting a Concurrent Session Proposal

Presentation proposals should include a plan for 15–20 minutes of presentation complemented by a time for questions and discussion with session participants. Some sessions allow 45 minutes for a presentation by an individual or a single institutional team followed by discussion. Other sessions are 60 minutes, which can allow for two or more institutions or individuals to present on closely related themes. To propose a concurrent session presentation, please submit the following (not to exceed two pages):
  1. Title that describes the presentation topic or theme;
  2. Description of the proposed content;
  3. Two or three discussion questions designed to encourage conversation among session participants; and
  4. Names and titles of those who will make the presentation.
Please include a one-paragraph biographical description of each presenter that references current and previous positions, published academic works, and notable awards and service to the campus or elsewhere.

Concurrent session proposals should be submitted to David S. Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at Proposals must be submitted by November 9, 2018.

An Ongoing Conversation

As a learning community, NetVUE supports member campuses as they seek to broaden the scope of vocational exploration and discernment. Learning communities flourish when members share common readings, join in mutual conversations, and compare their perspectives. At the 2019 NetVUE Conference, the initiatives described below are designed to stimulate and strengthen the NetVUE community of reflection and discernment.

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Pre-Conference Readings

Prior to the conference, all participants will be encouraged to read a small selection of materials to help focus discussions throughout the conference. Participants will be provided access to these readings several weeks in advance of the conference.

Guided Reflections on Vocation

Conference participants can consider their own vocations during opportunities for individual reflection and communal liturgy. Participants will receive information about these opportunities upon arrival in Louisville.

Small Discussion Groups

On Thursday afternoon and during the Friday lunch, participants will meet in small groups with campus leaders who work in similar roles on NetVUE campuses. Friday and Saturday breakfast sessions also will provide opportunities for discussions about specific vocational topics. The primary purpose of these conversations is to compare and contrast approaches to vocational reflection and discernment and to consider how vocational initiatives can be sustained over time.

Hotel and Travel


​The Galt House Hotel

140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 589-5200

 Hotel Information

front view of hotelPlease note: Participants must make their own hotel reservations after registering for the conference. The hotel room rate for conference dates is included with conference registration.

Room Rate:
$149 single/double per night

Hotel Reservation Deadline:
February 15, 2019

Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, the Galt House Hotel is located four blocks from Fourth Street Live and eight miles from the Louisville International Airport. The hotel also is just minutes from several Louisville attractions including the KFC Yum! Center, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Whiskey and Museum Rows. A family run hotel since 1835, the Galt House Hotel is now the largest hotel in Kentucky, consisting of two towers. Connecting the towers is the famous Conservatory, which features a cafe, a cocktail lounge and gathering area, an aviary, and a greenhouse space. The hotel offers seven restaurants and lounges including the famous rooftop Rivue Restaurant and Lounge with its spectacular views of downtown and the waterfront.

Additional Overflow Hotel

Please note: Due to the high level of participation at the 2019 CIC NetVUE Conference, only a limited number of rooms remain available at the Galt House Hotel, the conference hotel. In the event that participants are unable to secure a reservation at the Galt House Hotel, CIC encourages participants to contact the Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown directly to make lodging arrangements. The Hampton Inn is about a ten-minute walk from the Galt House Hotel.

Please note: Should your plans change and you can no longer attend the conference, contact Lynne Spoelhof at before cancelling your hotel reservation so that your accommodations may be transferred to another participant wishing to attend.  

Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown
101 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Tel: (502) 585-2200

Room Rate: $139 single/double
Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 15, 2019

CIC has reserved additional rooms at the Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown and will cover the room expense of up to three team members’ guest rooms for the conference dates, March 21 and 22. Participants must make their own hotel reservations. Reserve online or call the hotel directly at (502) 585-2200 and indicate that you are with the CIC–NetVUE Conference to reserve your guest room at the conference rate. Although CIC will cover participants’ guest room expense, your credit card information will be required to secure the reservation and for any incidental charges that might be incurred.

The Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown is located just eight blocks away from the Louisville Slugger factory and from the two newest distilleries, Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Also, just blocks away is the thriving entertainment district, Fourth Street Live, and a few of the city’s museums including the famous Muhammad Ali Center.

The Hampton Inn is about a ten-minute walk from the Galt House Hotel. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access. Hotel check-in is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon.

Hotel Reservation Procedure

Participants first need to register for the NetVUE Conference in order to make a hotel reservation. After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email that includes detailed instructions and a code to make a reservation at the Galt House Hotel. CIC will cover the expense of the first three team members’ hotel rooms for the conference dates. The registration fee for fourth and fifth team members already includes payment of the discounted hotel room rate of $149 single/double per night. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

The hotel reservation deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. Hotel rooms may sell out before the deadline, so participants are encouraged to register for the Conference and reserve their hotel rooms as soon as possible. Please note that hotel reservations made after the deadline can only be accommodated on a space-available basis and may be at a rate higher than the CIC rate.

Participants who wish to extend their stay beyond the conference dates may do so at their own expense. A limited number of rooms are available at the conference rate for an extended stay. Please call the Galt House Hotel at (502) 589-5200 to make arrangements.


Travel Costs

Please note that travel expenses of all team members are the responsibility of individuals or their institutions. A limited number of travel grants are available to NetVUE member colleges and universities with limited resources or with unusually high travel expenses. To inquire about a travel grant, please contact David S. Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.

Hotel Parking

Self-parking for conference participants at the Galt House Hotel is $15 per day, and valet parking is $23 per day.

Galt House Shuttle Service

Xtreme Transportation provides airport shuttle service. Cost is $15 one way and $25 round trip when booked in advance. The shuttle departs Louisville International Airport every half hour from 7:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. and hourly from 1:15–10:15 p.m.

The shuttle from the Galt House Hotel to the airport departs every half hour from 4:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and hourly from 1:00–11:00 p.m. To schedule, contact Xtreme Transportation by phone at (502) 561-4022, by email at, or the Xtreme Transportation website Opens in new window.


Taxicabs are available at the airport terminal traffic island on the left of the taxi stand. The estimated fare to the Galt House Hotel is $20 one way. The Louisville International Airport (SDF) taxicab providers are:
  • CityScoot—(502) 566-6384
  • Green Cab—(502) 635-6400; (502) 797-6064
  • Ready Cab—(502) 451-4114
  • Taxi7—(502) 777-7777
  • Yellow Cab—(502) 636-5511


Lyft and Uber are the only authorized ridesharing services available from the Louisville Airport. The Lyft and Uber pick-up area is located on the lower level, east side of the terminal on the inner curb.