Christian Scholar’s Review is pleased to announce “The Academic Vocation in a Post-2020 World: An Ecumenical Dialogue”—a virtual panel discussion on Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 11:00 AM EST to 12:15 PM EST. 

Moderated by Margaret Diddams, the recently appointed Editor for Christian Scholar’s Review, panel members include:

  • Nancy Brickhouse – Provost, Baylor University;    
  • Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C. – Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, University of Notre Dame;
  • Thomas M. Landy – Professor of Sociology and Director of the Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture, College of the Holy Cross; and
  • Amos Yong – Professor of Theology and Mission and Chief Academic Officer, Fuller Theological Seminary.

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated decade-long pressures 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.  As a result, panel members will consider questions such as:

  • 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?

Following a 55-minute discussion, audience members will also have the chance to pose questions. 

The event is available at no charge.  In the interest of security, participants need to register at christianscholars.com/events/the-academic-vocation-in-a-post-2020-world/.  Shortly after doing so, registrants will receive a link for the event. 

In addition to the live event, a recorded version and a discussion guide will be available for download through the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Lilly Fellows Program.  Member institutions, for example, can then utilize those materials at no charge as part of their professional development efforts.     

Approaching its 50th anniversary and with a circulation of over 5,000, Christian Scholar’s Review is a medium for communication among Christians called to the academic vocation.  Its objective is the publication of peer-reviewed scholarship and research, within and across the disciplines, that advances the integration of faith and learning. 

For further details, please go to christianscholars.com and/or contact the Publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review, Todd C. Ream, at todd.ream@taylor.edu.

Todd C. Ream

Taylor University
Todd C. Ream is professor of higher education at Taylor University and a distinguished fellow with the Lumen Research Institute. He is the co-author and co-editor of many books, including, most recently, Restoring the Soul of the University, and contributes to a wide variety of publications including About Campus, Christianity Today, First Things, Gastronomica, Inside Higher Ed, Modern Theology, New Blackfriars, Notre Dame Magazine, The Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.