Our 2014 Midwest Faculty Conference, held June 21 - 27, will focus on the theme: The 'End' of Higher Education in Twenty-First Century America: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator. Refer to the brochure for complete details. You may also visit the "End of Higher Ed" website, designed and managed by Todd Lundberg, a faculty who is involved with the Midwest Faculty Camp. There you will find not only for pre-conference material and discussion, but also post-conference material and discussion. All those interested, whether able to participate in the conference or not, are welcome to join the discussion.
"After attending for two years, I have decided this faculty conference is a necessity in my life. I especially appreciate the encouragement of meeting and worshiping with other faculty members and families who are seriously invested in God’s objective truth and redemptive plan as revealed in the word."
The 'End' of Higher Education in the Twenty-First-Century: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator
This year’s conference is designed to help professors and university administrators to think about the ‘ends’ of higher education in twenty-first-century America. We will reflect together on two linked topics:
the ways in which higher education is changing
the opportunities (and challenges) these changes present for spiritual formation, community, evangelism and service and the integration of faith learning and practice— InterVarsity’s faculty ministry values.
This event is so much more than a conference! It is also a restful vacation that can include your entire family if you like. It is a welcoming place for singles, couples and children.
We invite you to contact us for further information. You may also wish to subscribe to the Lamp Post, the quarterly chronicle of InterVarsity Faculty Ministry, to stay informed about next year's plans as they are announced.
About Our Speakers
We’ve invited six Midwestern faculty and administrators to help us to see higher education from their differing vantage points as experts in online education, the STEM fields, traditional liberal arts education and university leadership.
Each morning a pair of presenters—each speaking from his or her place within the university—will guide us in thinking through how to be Christians on the rapidly changing campus of the twenty-first century. They will challenge us with claims about what college is for and ways in which ministry can happen in college. Sessions will not center on polished lectures. Instead, pairs of speakers with different stakes on campus will make brief presentations and respond to one another, leaving time for the group to participate in guided small and large group discussions.
Todd Lundberg, PhD, is coordinating the content and presentations for the 2014 Midwest Faculty Conference and is the creator of the "End of Higher Ed" website for our pre-conference discussions. He is a Project Assistant in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) finishing up a dissertation in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Todd taught college English and developed writing center and faculty development centers for 20 years at urban universities and community colleges in the Midwest and Northwest. His work has always been grounded in teaching classes and developing academic programs that help first-generation college students find a place in college, and his publications have focused on learning-centered program design for first-year composition and general education.
In 2009, he left a tenured position at Cascadia Community College to study educational policy at the UW-Madison, joining WCER and starting a second doctorate. His current research focuses on ways that institutions of higher learning, especially two-year colleges, can cultivate cultures that encourage students and faculty to learn to innovate.
Associate Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Assistant Professor, Literacy and Second Language Studies, University of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry, Illinois State University
Head of Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University
Video Presenters will include:
New Media, School of Art and Design
University of Illinois
Andrea Mitchell Penn Integrating Knowledge Professor
Depts. of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering
U of Pennsylvania
Closing Presentation by Santa J. Ono, President, University of Cincinnati
Below are the costs for 2014 based on housing options and children's ages. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due when you register. The balance due on your account (less any scholarships you have been granted) is due by June 1. Please notify us of your cancellation as soon as possible so we have time to fill the conference. After June 7, all payments are non-refundable except in case of a family emergency.
Scholarship discounts are available. To apply, please complete scholarship request information when registering for the conference. Don't let money be the reason you do not consider attending. Please contact us with any questions you might have in this regard.
Adult fees for room and board
Family cabins (with private bath) - $480 per adult
Cedar Campus features a variety of housing options for singles, couples, and families, including cabins, rooms in the lodge, and campsites for tents and RVs. More information about housing options is available from the Cedar Campus website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When should I arrive?
Registration opens at 2:00 pm and accommodations are usually ready by that time. We ask that you delay arrival until then so the staff is free to prepare our conference site. We welcome you at any time you can arrive, but suggest that you arrive by dinner at 6:00 pm for your own ease, nourishment, and orientation to the week.
Q. When do I depart?
Departure the last day is at your earliest desired time, with a pick-up breakfast available from 6:30 am until 9:00 am. Everyone should plan to vacate the premises by 9:00 am so the staff may prepare for the next group.
Q. What should I bring?
Cedar Campus has an excellent list of what to bring and (perhaps more importantly) what not to bring. You can read it here.
Families and Children
Those who choose to bring their families to this conference will enjoy being involved in a variety of activities together.
Click here to read helpful comments from parents about their kids' experiences as well as entertaining feedback from children who have attended the Midwest Faculty Conference. You might want to share this page with your kids!
Detailed information about the schedule will be available soon.
An additional bonus of the week are the elective seminars offered during the evening program. These seminars reflect the wide variety of disciplines and interests of those who attend the conference.
Conference seminars are open to all registered guests (faculty, spouses and staff) and include subjects that are academic and non-academic, theoretical and “hands-on,” of general and special interest. These seminars provide added value to the conference experience, and most people participate even though the seminars are optional. Perhaps you, too, might have a topic, question, or activity that you would enjoy leading. If so, let us know.
Looking for something not usually found at conferences? The ministry of Women in the Academy & Professions joins InterVarsity’s Faculty Ministry in hosting this conference for faculty. The conference is enriched by this joint effort, as expressed below:
“[I] cannot say enough good things about [Women in the Academy & Professions]” and “an awesome time to meet other women in the academy. Often applications are focused on men with families (which is a large number of people). It was great to talk with other Christian, single, female faculty.”
To get a true feel for the conference experience, we suggest that you read reflections from past Faculty Conferences.
Cedar Campus is an InterVarsity conference and training center, located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, forty miles east of the Straits of Mackinac. You might be interested in knowing more about the history of this beautiful place in God's creation.