Joining the Mission: A Guide for New College Faculty
Susan VanZanten, Wm Eerdmans Publishing (2011)
Joining the Mission is a helpful guide for new and experienced faculty at religious colleges and universities. The author provides an orientation to the world of Christian higher education and an introduction to the academic profession of teaching, scholarship, and service, with a special emphasis on opportunities and challenges common to “mission-driven” institutions. From designing a syllabus to dealing with problem students, from working with committees to achieving a balanced life, VanZanten’s guidebook will help faculty across the disciplines understand better what it means to pursue faithfully a vocation as professor. “Susan VanZanten’s Joining the Mission is an exceptional resource for all faculty members at Church-related colleges and universities. While it is a very practical guide to teaching at a university, the book also helps the reader understand and wrestle with the nuances of what it means to be a faculty member at a mission-driven institution.
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George M. Marsden, Oxford University Press (1997)
Summary and Discussion
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Stephen R Haynes (ed.), Baylor University Press (2002)
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Cultivating the Spirit: How Colleges Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives
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Recommended Reading for Students
Making College Count: A Faithful Guide to Life and Learning
Derek Melleby and David Kinnaman, Baker Books (2011)
The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness
Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby, Brazo Press (2007)
The Fabric of Faithfulness: Belief and Behavior During the University Years
Steven Garber, IVP Books (2007)
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