November 14, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the decade-long pressure on the academic vocation as institutions adjust to budgetary and demographic realities as well as changing expectations from students and their parents, external constituencies, and even Boards of Trustees.
- Will 2020 be the beginning of a tipping point for Christ-centered higher education?
- How will our institutions align their organizational callings with the vocational calling that faculty believe that they have received in this environment?
- What has 2020 taught us to hold onto and what must be transformed for institutions to survive with their mission intact?
Join us for an ecumenical discussion with Baylor University’s Nancy Brickhouse , The University of Notre Dame’s Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C., Fuller Theological Seminary’s Amos Yong, and The College of Holy Cross’ Tom Landy as we discuss the future of the academic vocation in a post-2020 world.
Diddams is the editor of The Christian Scholar’s Review; the premier journal for scholarship that advances the dialogue between Christian faith and learning. She recently served as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Wheaton College (2016-2020) a liberal arts college grounded in its Evangelical Christian faith tradition. With oversight of 500 employees and a $50 MM budget, she provided leadership for over 50 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. She earned a MA and Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University and her BA in Psychology from Wheaton College.
She previously served as provost at Saint Louis University (SLU), a Jesuit research university with 8,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students at its main campus in St. Louis. During her tenure, she played a key role in repositioning SLU’s finance, operations, and academic endeavors to meet a rapidly changing higher education landscape.
Dr. Brickhouse graduated from Baylor magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, going on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in science education from Purdue University.
Prior to her appointment as SLU’s provost in 2015, Dr. Brickhouse filled several senior administrative positions during 27 years of service and leadership at the University of Delaware, including the roles of deputy provost, interim provost — for which she received special recognition from the UD Board of Trustees for her exemplary service, deputy dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and director of the School of Education.
A native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Father Olinger graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in history and government. He also earned two post-graduate degrees from Notre Dame: a juris doctor in 2004 and a master of divinity in 2009. After law school, Father Olinger entered formation with the Congregation of Holy Cross, made his final vows in August of 2009, and was ordained a priest in April of 2010.
Before coming to Fuller, he taught for nine years at Regent University School of Divinity, where the last positions he held were J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean. Prior to that he was on the faculty at Bethel University in St. Paul, Bethany College of the Assemblies of God, and served as a pastor. He also worked in Social and Health Services in Vancouver, Washington.