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Recommended Reading for Faculty

  • 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.
  • To Know as We are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey
    Parker Palmer, HarperOne (1993)
  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship
    George M. Marsden, Oxford University Press (1997)
    Summary and Discussion
  • Professing in the Postmodern Academy:
    Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges

    Stephen R Haynes (ed.), Baylor University Press (2002)
  • Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
    Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, Oxford University Press (2005)
  • Cultivating the Spirit: How Colleges Can Enhance Students' Inner Lives
    Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin, Jossey-Bass Publishing, (2011)

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)
  • Your Catholic Faith on Campus
    Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania (2001)
  • A Letter to Catholic Students
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (1995)

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