Vocation Winter Camp

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“It’s always hard when your parents have one vocation for you and you find that you have another.” I’m pretty sure that the shuttle van driver who took me back to the Grand Rapids airport last summer had no idea how perfectly his comment fit with everything I had been reading, writing, and talking about [Read More...]

A Spring Semester with feminismxianity

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Spring semester classes begin today on my campus, and I’m finalizing the readings and assignments for three courses and getting ready to resume the routine that will carry me through to May.  I’ve injected a new perspective into an old introductory course, updated texts in another, as well as sifted through material for a whole [Read More...]

Surviving the Academic Industrial Complex

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Today I’m on my way to Baltimore for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  I wrote about my visit to this national conference here last year, and look forward to making new and renewing old connections this year.  Those of us in academia, regardless of field, come to be acquainted with these [Read More...]

A Random Numbered List of Reasons Why I Hate Those Lists and Haven’t Posted Much Recently

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Starting a semester with three seminar classes full of energetic undergraduates. Including fifteen first-year students adjusting to college. With nineteen students learning about women’s studies via things like the Defined Lines feminist parody.  (It’s a #sexcrime …) The numbers on these lists are arbitrary and meaningless. Coordinating three local agencies hosting said first-year students doing service-learning. [Read More...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

Vocation Summer Camp

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This week I’m spending time in Holland, Michigan, working as part of the Scholarly Resources Project.  It’s an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) focused on developing new resources for those of us working in higher education. Here’s some description of the project: “Despite the increasing interest [Read More...]

Yes, College is Worth It: Justice, Opportunity, & ‘the practice of freedom’

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The following is a set of remarks I delivered yesterday, graduation day, as part of a campus Celebration of Justice and Opportunity at Illinois College.  The Celebration was organized by students as an alternate to the College’s official baccalaureate. Normally, on a Sunday morning, I am doing one of two things:  going to church, or [Read More...]

Telling the Truth About Privilege

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On Saturday, the Illinois College Board of Trustees voted to promote me to Professor of Religion.  For those of you not familiar with the academic hamster wheel and ladder, this is the highest ‘regular’ rank that a professor can achieve.  Full Professor.  It’s what comes after lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor.  Beyond this, [Read More...]

This Professor’s ‘Month Off’

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It happens with some regularity:  Someone proclaims that college and university professors have easy jobs, are getting paid too much, and most recently, have the least stressful jobs. Then, college and university professors get wildly aggravated, defending their work lives, explaining once again that an hour in the classroom requires hours of preparation time, that [Read More...]


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