In the face of poor job prospects, a long and difficult process, and discouraging academic environments, why should anyone get a PhD in the Humanities? Seven Christian faculty and postdocs share their perspectives.
We design our faculty conferences to be welcoming for children and families. Academic events are rarely, if ever, family-friendly, and we desire our conferences to be times for restoration for the entire family. Below are some comments and stories from parents who have attended previous faculty conferences.
Kenneth G. Elzinga, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, advises faculty on why and how to mentor. Originally presented at the ESN National Gathering at Following Christ 2008. (Part 2 of 2).
Marc Baer, professor and department chair of history at Hope College, addresses foundational and practical aspects of faculty mentoring. Originally presented this talk at the ESN National Gathering at Following Christ 2008. (Part 1 of 2)
Brief, hard-hitting and often brilliant, this treatise by C. John Sommerville (Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and member of the Faculty Ministry Advisory Council) builds the controversial argument that secular universities in America have neglected religion at their peril. (Publishers Weekly) C. John Sommerville's study of the secular university is an excellent choice for reading with fellow Christian faculty.
Cal DeWitt, Professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Wisconsin, delivered this talk at the 2007 Faculty Conference at Cedar Campus. He focuses on a topic of concern to all Christian academics: time management.
The following are a grab bag of ideas which have been successfully enacted at peer institutions (mostly Big 10 universities, though you will note several others). They are offered here not as equally useful to us or as a finished agenda, but to spark our own creativity and to empower faithful Christian service with our academic community.
Four University of Michigan faculty, all in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), have been meeting for several years as a faculty prayer cell. Here they share their experiences and some advice for faculty seeking to pray with one another.
Faculty Ministry offers a portfolio of resources to assist you in establishing a faculty community on your campus. It includes background materials on the theology and rationale for faculty communities, a bibliography for further reading, and practical resources and examples that have proven successful on a variety of campuses.