Speaking at Urbana 12

Yesterday, I spoke at Urbana 12, InterVarsity’s triennial student missions conference, on the topic “Serving Christ as a Professor.” There was a great turnout, and two young faculty joined me on stage at the end to answer students’ specific questions about becoming a professor.

Urbana Seminar

Speaking to about 200 students at Urbana 12

I also put together a suggested reading list for students interested in learning more about life as a Christian professor.

Overall, it was a great experience. I was impressed by the number of students who had high-quality questions about their career paths and the journey toward becoming a professor.

What Books Should Young Christian Scholars Read?

Later this month, I’ll be representing the Emerging Scholars Network at Urbana 12, InterVarsity’s triennial student missions conference. I’m leading a seminar called “Serving Christ as a Professor,” and I’m looking for books to add to our recommended reading list for undergraduates. From my post at the Emerging Scholars Blog:

One of my favorite things about conferences is learning about new books — or, even better, old books that I somehow hadn’t known about. Most of the attendees at Urbana are undergraduates, so the conference is a great opportunity to send them away with a fresh reading list for the new year.

What books about the life of the mind, the academy, and spiritual formation should we recommend?

Visit the Emerging Scholars Blog to see the list of books we recommended at Urbana 09, as well as the great suggestions we’ve received from the ESN community.

Vote, but Don’t Stop There

From my post today on the Emerging Scholars Blog:

Here’s the thing, though: voting is about the smallest thing you can do to contribute to the well-being of your community. It’s important, for sure, and I vote in every election — national, state, and local. But the act of voting, and even the political process that it’s part of, is only one element of civic life.

Stewardship, Membership, and Voting: Reflections on Wendell Berry’s A Place on Earth


Four Things I Learned about Students and Faculty from Academically Adrift

Earlier this year, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa created quite a stir with their book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Their central claim: if the goal of college is to teach students how to think critically, then colleges are failing at their primary purpose.

My latest Emerging Scholars Blog post. The whole thing is here.


The Lamp Post: A Resource for Christian Faculty

Last Friday, Faculty Ministry sent out the September issue of the Lamp Post.

The Lamp Post is an email publication specifically for Christian faculty, with articles and resources intended to help Christian faculty in their spiritual, academic, and community life on campus. A typical issue might feature a Bible study written specifically for faculty, announcements about upcoming faculty events, an article from a faculty member reflecting on some aspect of faculty life, or a review of a new book with particular relevance for Christian faculty.

You can see a summary of the contents here, and subscribe for free on the Faculty Ministry website.