At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education

Hardcover | October 15, 2015

EditorDavid S. Cunningham

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Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), this book brings together a nationwide group of scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to produce new scholarly writing on this topic. Itoffers a historical and theoretical account of vocational reflection and discernment and also suggests how these endeavors can be carried out through specific educational practices. Attending both to the current state of higher education and to broader cultural trends, the contributors examine thecontours of vocation from historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. They consider the relationship between vocation and virtue, both of which encourage the cultivation of habits that lead to a life marked by flourishing and fulfillment - for oneself and for others. The authors alsodiscuss how to engage students in actively reflecting on questions of meaning and purpose through classroom conversations, co-curricular activities, programs for community engagement, and attention to a campus's physical features. At This Time and In This Place offers a compelling argument forvocational reflection and discernment in undergraduate education and represents a significant contribution to the emerging scholarly literature in this field.

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Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education. Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for...

David S. Cunningham is Professor of Religion at Hope College, where he also serves as Director of the CrossRoads Project and of the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190243929

ISBN - 13:9780190243920

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Richard H. Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges: ForewordPrefaceVocation of the ContributorsDavid S. Cunningham: Introduction: Time and Place: Why Vocation is Crucial to Undergraduate Education TodayPart One: Vocation in the Current Cultural Context1. William T. Cavanaugh: Actually, You Can't Be Anything You Want (And it's a Good Thing, Too)2. Cynthia A. Wells: Finding the Center as Things Fly Apart: Vocation and the Common Good3. Caryn D. Riswold: Vocational Discernment: A Pedagogy of HumanizationPart Two: The Contours of Vocation4. Kathryn A. Kleinhans: Places of Responsibility: Educating for Multiple Callings in Multiple Communities5. Charles Pinches: Stories of Call: From Dramatic Phenomena to Changed Lives6. David S. Cunningham: "Who's There?": The Dramatic Role of the "Caller" in Vocational Discernment7. Douglas V. Henry: Vocation and Story: Narrating Self and WorldPart Three: Vocation and Virtue8. Paul J. Wadell: An Itinerary of Hope: Called to a Magnanimous Way of Life9. Thomas Albert Howard: Seeing with All Three Eyes: The Virtue of Prudence and Undergraduate Education10. Hannah Schell: Commitment and Community: The Virtue of Loyalty and Vocational DiscernmentPart Four: Vocational Discernment Beyond the Classroom11. Quincy D. Brown: Rituals, Contests, and Images: Vocational Discernment Beyond the Classroom12. Stephen H.Webb: Sound and Space: Making Vocation Audible13. Darby Kathleen Ray: Self, World, and the Space Between: Community Engagement as Vocational DiscernmentDavid S. Cunningham: Epilogue: In Various Times and Sundry Places: Pedagogies of Vocation, Vocation as Pedagogy

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"What happens when diverse scholars gather to discuss the idea and practice of vocational exploration in undergraduate education? The answer is this brilliant and generative volume. No stone has been left unturned in the analysis of vocation's significance at this cultural moment, itsconnections to virtue, or its place within and beyond classrooms. The movement to revitalize higher education via vocational exploration will be powerfully strengthened by these fine essays." --Tim Clydesdale, author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why College Must Talk to Students about Vocation