Program

Hope and Disappointment in the Midst of God's Call

The Midwest Faculty Conference 2019 will wrestle with real questions surrounding God’s call in our lives – everything from His presence in our daily tasks to broader vocational discernment. In plenary sessions, faculty panels, and a variety of seminars, we will consider the breadth of our life experiences – including success & failure, hope & disappointment, scarcity & abundance. We will also explore what it means to work out our sense of God’s call in a diverse and often complex context, casting a hopeful, Christ centered vision of flourishing within higher education and beyond.

  • Enjoy a time of rest within a vibrant community of singles, couples, and families
  • Network with other Christ-followers in academia
  • Participate in a variety of workshops, teachings, and practices around community

This 2018 schedule will give you an idea of what to expect at the conference, however, we will make some changes for 2019 as details develop and the conference dates draw near.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Robert and Erica Romero


Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA, will be our main speaker. Dr. Romero received his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA and J.D from U.C. Berkeley. In addition, he has done work at Fuller Theological Seminary to sharpen his theological understanding of key issues related to his work.

The son of a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei, Dr. Romero will draw on his own personal, faith, and academic journey as he develops key thoughts related to our conference theme of Vocation. Throughout all elements of the program, we will set aside time for interactions with Dr. Romero. As a self-described 'bridge builder', Dr. Romero will engage us in fruitful dialog across a variety of disciplines as we together seek to gain insight into the theme and Scripture study at the core of this event.

We are also privileged to have Dr. Romero’s wife, Erica Shepler Romero, join us. Robert and Erica co-direct the ministry of Christian Students of Conscience, a grass-roots organization which trains and mobilizes students in issues of race and social justice from a Christian perspective. Erica will also share perspectives on their shared work and commitments to the community.

Dr. Robert Chao Romero has attended & spoken at Faculty Conferences throughout the US and we are thrilled to have him as our main speaker at the Midwest Faculty Conference this year. In the video below, we asked, "What do you find meaningful about faculty conferences? What are you looking forward to about your time with us in Michigan?"

Seminars

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.

Poster Session

We'll be holding a Poster Session again, during which participants can share the intersection of faith and teaching/research. If you are interested in presenting a poster and would like guidelines, please contact us. Be sure to check out the poster session photos from 2016 and 2017.