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Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts

Kaethe Schwehn and L. DeAne Lagerquist

Abstract

The chapters in this book contend that attention to vocational concerns promotes the civic good promised by defenders of liberal arts education. In doing so, their authors suggest that the good of higher education is larger than the immediate, practical benefit an individual student gains while earning a degree, that addressing enduring questions is essential if students are to meet the challenges and crises facing them. Moving beyond generalities about vocation and abstract discussion of higher education, these chapters exemplify the reflective practices at the heart of liberal arts, for facu ... More

Keywords: vocation, college teaching, pedagogy, St. Olaf College, autobiography, liberal arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199341047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341047.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaethe Schwehn, editor
St. Olaf College

L. DeAne Lagerquist, editor
St. Olaf College

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Contents

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Introduction

Kaethe Schwehn

PART ONE The Call

1 “Getting a Vocation”

L. DeAne Lagerquist

3 Work in Progress

Diane LeBlanc

PART TWO Conversation

6 Forty-Three and Out

Mark Pernecky

PART THREE Response

11 The Power of Example

Thomas Williamson

12 Coming into Being

Carol Holly

13 Professing Religion

John D. Barbour

Afterword

James J. Farrell and L. DeAne Lagerquist

End Matter