Concurrent Sessions

Friday, March 15
10:30–11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 
Concurrent Campus Presentations 
  • Understanding of Emerging Adults
  • Campus Cultures and Programs
  • Students’ Responses to the World

Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for presentations about campus programs related to these three themes. Please see Call for Proposals.


3:30–4:45 p.m.
Vocational Resources For Enriching Campus Initiatives
Institutional Leadership in the Call for a Worthy Narrative
What is the role of college and university presidents and other senior campus leaders in fostering an educational climate in which big questions about meaning, purpose, and vocation are considered normative? Sharon Daloz Parks will lead a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of creating mentoring environments for students as well as faculty and staff members. She will further consider the need for adaptive approaches to leadership.
  • Sharon Daloz Parks, Senior Fellow, Whidbey Institute
Interfaith Enrichment of Vocational Exploration
Many NetVUE campuses promote interfaith understanding and community service in response to more diverse student populations, the needs of religiously-varied communities, and the call for global religious literacy. In support of these efforts, some NetVUE campuses are working in consultation with InterFaith Youth Core and many have participated in President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Leaders from NetVUE campuses will reflect on the intersection between interfaith and vocational initiatives on their campuses. How can interfaith learning and service enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation?
  • James E. Collins, President, Loras College
  • Keith Jones-Pomeroy, Interim Program Manager, Agape Center for Service and Learning, Messiah College
  • Terry F. Walker Sr., Director, Chapel Relations, Morehouse College
Changing on Purpose: Additional Lessons Learned
Tim Clydesdale will lead a conversation about additional lessons learned from his study of campus vocational exploration initiatives. Participants will learn more about effective practices and outcomes of campus experiences over the past several years. In a question-and-answer format, participants will be able to compare notes with each other and consider strategies for their own vocational exploration programs.
  • Tim Clydesdale, Professor of Sociology, The College of New Jersey
No Longer Invisible: Religion in Higher Education
As today’s students seek lives of purpose and security, they encounter religion in varied forms and settings: participation in traditional organized religious activities, exposure to political culture wars and religious extremism, interaction with friends from diverse religious backgrounds, and experimentation with different forms of personal spirituality. In this session, the authors of No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education (2012) will present a framework for understanding the complexity of religion in contemporary America and its newly visible role in higher education. They will then facilitate a discussion about how religion and spirituality can be addressed by campus leaders.
  • Douglas Jacobsen, Distinguished Professor of Church History and Theology, Messiah College
  • Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, Professor of Psychology and Director of Faculty Development, Messiah College
The Quest for Wisdom: Educating for the Called Life
Some observers of contemporary higher education maintain that colleges and universities are in crisis because they no longer ask--either of themselves or their students--questions about the meaning of life. But institutions committed to educating for wisdom and vocation can pursue a different and more promising path. How might institutions, particularly their faculty leaders, pursue such aims in teaching and learning? How might a Christian conception of wisdom--and other virtues that support a quest for it--animate this kind of education?
  • Darin H. Davis, Director, Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University
  • Paul J. Wadell, Professor of Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Vocabularies of Vocation
NetVUE campus leaders can develop a more extensive vocabulary for communicating about vocation. Careful choices need to be made to address multiple audiences—administrators, faculty, staff, and students—from many traditions. This session will examine various “vocabularies of vocation” and will offer a number of strategies for developing appropriate vocational language for campus use.
  • David S. Cunningham, Director, CrossRoads Project, Hope College and Director, NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project, CIC
Vocational Reflection in Study Abroad
What opportunities do study-abroad experiences provide for vocational reflection and discovery? How might campus leaders weave the exploration of vocation into the international experiences of undergraduates? Based on her recent research, Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Mexico site director for Augsburg College, will share findings about the impacts of study abroad on students’ vocations. She will engage participants in consideration of the ways that campus leaders can build theological reflection on vocation into study abroad.
  • Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Mexico Site Director, Center for Global Education, and Instructor, Women’s Studies and Religion, Augsburg College

Saturday, March 16
8:30–9:15 a.m. and 9:30–10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Campus Presentations
  • Understanding of Emerging Adults
  • Campus Cultures and Programs
  • Students’ Responses to the World
Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for presentations about campus programs related to these three themes. Please see Call for Proposals.