2020 North Dakota Faculty Retreat

Pursuing the Faculty Four Loves of God, Campus, Academic Diciplines & Our World

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Join us for the North Dakota Faculty Retreat on February 21-22, 2020, at North Dakota State UniversityOur lives on campus are shaped by many factors, some bringing joy and others bringing great challenges to our days. What would it look like to pursue a life on campus shaped by God and his love? We will consider: love for God and one another; love for the campus where we teach, serve and give our best hours; love for our academic disciplines; and love for our world. Join faculty, graduate students and administrative staff in higher education from around the tristate region as we learn together about these four loves that can re-shape our hearts and our work. We will have time to grow friendships with colleagues and learn from our peers. Join us Friday evening & Saturday to experience:

  • A plenary focused on the Biblical roots of loving God and one another, which will include interactive engagement with Scripture and your Christian colleagues.
  • Brief presentations from colleagues on loving our campus, our academic disciplines and our world.
  • Guided small group conversations to explore these four loves with others.
  • Opportunities to grow relationships with Christian colleagues in a variety of fields.
  • Tools to equip faculty to lead on-campus faculty gatherings

Discussion Facilitator & Plenary Leaders:

  • Melodie Marske is our retreat facilitator and the Midwest Regional Director for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. With 19 years of experience with graduate students and faculty in the Midwest, Melodie takes special delight in engaging the Scriptures with faculty.
  • Stuart Farm, a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at UND asks: What does a sundial have to do with loving a campus of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and others? Hear stories and discuss ideas on ways you can get an "enlarged heart" for those among whom you teach and serve.
  • Debra J. Hanson, Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Mary (Fargo) will lead us as we examine loving our academic disciplines. Deb is currently investigating how Christian spirituality impacts client participation in occupational therapy, bringing together her faith and work on campus.
  • Johnny Lin, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Computer Education at the University of Washington, Bothell. Johnny notes: Like many areas of cultural and political conflict, environmental issues seem intractable. Environmental problems, however, provide more fertile ground for dialogue and compromise than commonly acknowledged, which in turn can lead to more effective stewardship solutions.


"These retreats are always such an encouraging time of building community with fellow believers. They have challenged me to more fully live out my faith within the academy."

Cindy Prescott
Associate Professor of History
University of North Dakota


Friday, February 21st
6:30 – 7:00 pm Registration and Social Hour
7:00 – 7:15 pm Welcome and Introduction: What are the Faculty Four Loves?
7:15 – 7:30 pm Faculty Introductions & One thing you love about your work on campus?
7:30 – 9:00 pm Loving God & One Another – a manuscript study
Saturday, February 22nd
8:30 – 9:00 am Morning refreshments and Social Exchange
9:00 – 9:50 am Loving Your Campus – Stuart Farm
10:00 – 11:00 am Example of a Faculty Gathering
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 – 12:15 pm Loving your Academic Discipline – Debra Hanson
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm Loving Our World – Johnny Lin
2:15 – 2:30 pm Conclusion – Returning to our World


All sessions will take place in Dolve 117 (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at North Dakota State University. We will provide a campus map and parking directions in advance of the retreat.


The retreat is free, but a $25 dollar donation is suggested to offset food expenses for the weekend. Snacks are provided for Friday evening and Saturday morning, and a lunch for the noon meal on Saturday.


Please help us to plan ahead for snacks and lunch by using this link to register before February 11th. The registration form includes space to ask any questions you may have. Please indicate if you’ll be coming from out of town so we can contact you regarding affordable housing options in Fargo.