1st Edition

Engaging with Vocation on Campus Supporting Students’ Vocational Discernment through Curricular and Co-Curricular Approaches

Edited By Karen Lovett, Stephen Wilhoit Copyright 2022
    220 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together narratives and theory-based analyses of practice, this volume illustrates collaborative curricular and co-curricular approaches to promoting vocational discernment amongst students in a Catholic university setting.

    Drawing on cultural, religious, and secular understandings of vocation, Engaging with Vocation on Campus illustrates how contemporary issues around vocation, work, and careers can be addressed within the Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition. Chapters presents a range of contributions from students, faculty, and staff from a single institution to highlight practical approaches to supporting students in this area, and acknowledge the complementary and intersecting roles played by student support services, academic staff, and on-campus ministry in helping students develop an individualised understanding of vocation. Considering the value of both curricular or non-curricular activities and processes, the volume highlights spiritual, personal, and community value in offering students explicit and tailored support.

    This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in higher education, religious education, and the Christian life and experience more broadly. Those specifically interested in career guidance, theological curriculum and pedagogy, and Roman Catholicism will also benefit from this book.

    1: Introduction: An Institution-Wide Commitment to Vocation in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
    Stephen Wilhoit and Karen Lovett

    Part 1: Transdisciplinary, Purpose-Based, and Community-Engaged Approaches to Vocation 

    2: A Transdisciplinary Journey of Vocational Reflection through Immersion Programs
    Kelly Bohrer, Maria Ollier Burkett, Mary Niebler, Castel Sweet, and Matthew A. Witenstein

    3: From Reflection to Action: Exploring Vocation through Life Design
    Adrienne Ausdenmoore 

    4: Developing Vocational Wisdom Conducting Group History Projects: Learning the Personal Rewards and Social Benefits of Producing History
    James Todd Uhlman 

    Part 2: Discovering the Call to Learn, Lead, and Serve through Experiential Learning 

    5: Helping Students Who Enter College with a Desire to Serve Discern Vocation: A Criminal Justice Studies Example
    Martha H. Hurley and Stacey Siekman-Hall

    6: Let us Sing to the Lord: Vocational Formation through the Undergraduate Music Minister Program 
    Scott T. Paeplow

    Part 3: Educators Exploring their Own Callings and Building Supportive Environments for Vocation  

    7: The Teaching Gig: Journeys in Faith Traditions, Popular Fictions, and the Vocation of Learning
    Elizabeth Ann Mackay

    8: Vocation: Listening, Discerning, and Living
    Elizabeth Pipoly Montgomery

    9: Creating a Culture for Lifelong Vocational Discernment 
    Jennifer Dalton and Corinne M. Daprano 

    Part 4: Dialogue, Community-Building, and the Role of Peer Leaders in Vocation Education

    10: Implementing Vocation Education through Peer Facilitation in a Residential Curriculum
    Derek Goeglin, Keri L. Good, and Olivia Keithley

    11: Integral Ecology, Living Our Questions, and an Expanded Community Vision: Nurturing Vocations in the Natural Sciences and Sustainability
    Leanne M. Jablonski

    Part 5: The Value of Vocational Discernment in Career Exploration 

    12: Building Bodies, Building Minds: Listening to the Call to Medical Service
    Lis Regula

    13: An Instrumental Approach to Teaching a Non-Instrumental View to Vocation within Business Schools: How Professional Credos Assist Working MBA Students Explore their Callings
    Jay J. Janney and Della Stanley-Green

    14: A Call for Ongoing Vocational Discernment in Graduate Health Science Programs
    Joseph M. Day


    Karen Lovett is Director of Experiential Learning, University of Dayton, USA.

    Stephen Wilhoit is Professor of English and Co-director of the Vocation Implementation Team, University of Dayton, USA.