Faith, Learning, and Vocation Faculty Program
Many faculty members at Lipscomb have experienced a double calling.
On the one hand, the joy they find in teaching and scholarship assures them that they have been called to the life of the mind. At the very same time, they are Christians, called to follow an itinerant preacher who proclaimed and modeled the Kingdom of God. How might faculty members at Lipscomb connect these two callings in meaningful and responsible ways? On a regular basis, the Center for Christianity and Scholarship offers seminars that encourage faculty to explore these connections. These seminars also encourage faculty to think deeply about potentially meaningful links between their own sense of vocation and the vocation of Lipscomb University, on the one hand, and the vocation of the particular Christian tradition to which Lipscomb is related—the Churches of Christ—on the other. As an institutional member of NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education), Lipscomb University is eligible to apply for NetVUE support and the Center has received several NetVUE grants that have supported this work.
The Center for Christianity and Scholarship's Faith, Learning, and Vocation initiative embeds vocational thinking into the fabric of Lipscomb University through three strategic groups.
1. Development of New Faculty
All new Lipscomb faculty participate in seminars on vocation over the course of their first academic year. The seminars encourage new faculty to explore their own vocational stories, the various callings embedded in the biblical narrative, vocational summons in the history of Churches of Christ, and the vocational call embedded in the mission of Lipscomb University.
New faculty explore how the idea of vocation intersects with faith and learning, and they consider what a vision of vocation might mean for their students and for themselves as teachers and scholars.
2. General Education Faculty and the "Lipscomb Experience" First-Year Seminar
A committee of faculty leaders and all professors who teach in the "Lipscomb Experience" course develop ways to integrate vocational reflection into the general education curriculum. The faculty leaders and "Lipscomb Experience" professors explore how faculty can help their students discern the connections between faith, learning, and vocation and embed those methods into the "Lipscomb Experience" course, a seminar required of every first-year student the first semester they are at Lipscomb.
3. The Student Life Staff
Facilitators think deeply with the Office of Student Life to devise meaningful ways to bring vocational reflection into the work they do with Lipscomb students. This initiative helps Student Life staff understand the importance of vocational reflection, the multiple contexts of vocation at Lipscomb, and the way those multiple contexts can intersect with faith and learning at this institution.