How does the Launch initiative incorporate into the work of the faculty?
All faculty instructors of a freshmen First Year Experience course in 2014 will lead their class in a discussion of the book Finding Your Way: Discovering the Truth About You. Thus, new students will participate in a Launch initiative as their first academic class experience on August 21. The goal for the classes is to engage students in an exploration of vocation and calling.
The faculty has also participated in several workshops to help facilitate awareness of vocation in terms of pursuing one’s passion and advising students. For example, Dr. Bill Millard led the faculty in examining vocation and developing strategies for teaching, advising, and mentoring students. He utilized Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation as a basis for discussion and reflection. Dr. Jenny Bloom, an expert on appreciative advising, has been asked to lead the next faculty workshop.
Ultimately, discovering one’s vocation promotes leadership and service.
As a tool to equip faculty, they have received a “Vocabulary for Vocation” which provides examples and different verbage in order to better understand vocation and coming into vocation.