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Collegium II: A Faculty Seminar on Christ, Knowledge and Wisdom

This seminar provides as an opportunity for a small group of faculty to do the critical intellectual work of considering how the Christian faith influences knowledge and learning.

Collegium II addresses the goals of The Center for Faculty Development and the mission of the University:

  1. To assist faculty in becoming excellent teachers and creative and fruitful contributors to their disciplines;
  2. To encourage faculty as they seek to know and love God and see their teaching, scholarship, creative work, and service as part of their Christian calling to the academic world;
  3. To equip faculty for potential advancement into positions of leadership.

Seminar Objectives:

Participating faculty will:

  • explore and discuss the contributions of Christian scholars to their respective disciplines;
  • attend monthly committee and an extended mini retreat in January;
  • create at least one of the following: an annotated bibliography, a literature review within your discipline, a list of critical questions or themes for further inquiry  with their discipline, a revised course syllabus that demonstrates how the Christian faith influences course content, a conference paper, an article to be submitted for publication, or an application for a grant.

Reading:

Marsden, George, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Griffiths, Paul J, Studiousness: How (and What) Christians Should Want to Know, The Vice of Curiosity, Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2006.

2010-2011 Co-facilitators:

Matt Lunsford, Professor of Mathematics
David Malone, Associate Professor of English

"What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects - with their Christianity latent."
- C.S. Lewis; Christian Apologetics

"Only the devil has an answer for our moral difficulties, and he says: 'Keep on posing problems, and you will escape the necessity of obedience.' But Jesus is not interested in the young man's problems; he is interested in the young man himself."
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer; The Cost of Discipleship