Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts

Paperback | June 18, 2014

EditorKaethe Schwehn, L. Deane Lagerquist

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Kaethe Schwehn and L. DeAne Lagerquist offer perspectives from fourteen professors at St. Olaf College on the value of vocation, showing how a focus on one's calling rather than on success or credentials paves the way for the civic good sought by defenders of liberal arts education. The essaysin this volume exemplify the reflective practices at the heart of liberal arts, for faculty and students alike. Martin E. Marty once said that "The vocation of St. Olaf is vocation," and the contributors draw on their experiences teaching in a range of departments - from biology and economics tohistory and religion - to reflect on both their calling as professors and their practices for fostering students' ability to identify their own vocations. These scholars' varied notions of how vocation is best understood and cultivated reveal the differing religious commitments and pedagogical practices present within their college community. Together they demonstrate how the purposes of their own lives intersect creatively with the purposes of highereducation and the needs of their students and the world.

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Kaethe Schwehn and L. DeAne Lagerquist offer perspectives from fourteen professors at St. Olaf College on the value of vocation, showing how a focus on one's calling rather than on success or credentials paves the way for the civic good sought by defenders of liberal arts education. The essaysin this volume exemplify the reflective pra...

Kaethe Schwehn received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches writing at St. Olaf College. Her poetry and prose appear in anthologies and journals such as Pleiades, Crazyhorse, The Cresset, and Fiction on a Stick. L. DeAne Lagerquist holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She joined the St. Olaf Coll...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAcknowledgmentsDouglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen: ForewordKaethe Schwehn: Introduction1. L. DeAne Lagerquist: ''Getting a Vocation'': Variations on a Lutheran Theme2. James J. Farrell: Good Work and the Good Life: Vocation as What We Do3. Diane LeBlanc: Work in Progress4. Douglas Casson: On Teaching Politics as a Vocation5. Donna K. McMillan: Vocation, Psychologically Speaking6. Mark Pernecky: Forty-Three and Out: On the Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Rewards of a Vocation7. Barbara E. Reed: Meaningful Lives, Religious Pluralism, and the Case of the Bodhisattva8. Kathleen L. Shea: Professing Vocation by Caring for the Land9. Jo Michelle Beld: Vocation and Liberal Learning: The Case for the Exploration of Vocation across the Curriculum10. Mary S. Carlsen: To Practice What We Teach: Action and Reflection11. Thomas Williamson: The Power of Example: Anthropology and Vocation12. Carol Holly: Coming Into Being: Buddhist Meditation and the Practice of Teaching13. John D. Barbour: Professing ReligionJames J. Farrell and L. DeAne Lagerquist: AfterwordIndex