2002-03 Vocation of Teachers

2002-03 Colloquy on The Vocation of Theological Teachers

July 25-29, 2002 – First Session at Wabash College
June 26-30, 2003 – Second Session at Wabash College

Leadership Team
Katarina Schuth, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity
W. Clark Gilpin, University of Chicago Divinity School
Lucinda Huffaker, Wabash Center

This two-year consultation considered the vocation of the theological faculty member, with particular emphasis on the pivotal choices and stages of development that shape the course of an individual’s career. The consultation sought to understand more fully the factors that contribute to fulfillment and productivity in teaching, research and institutional leadership by taking a longer term, developmental approach to the scholar’s sense of vocation. Since these factors are social as well as personal, the consultation placed personal motives and interests within the web of social relationships and institutional responsibilities that over time influence an individual’s vocation.

• to explore and understand more fully the overarching goals by which the scholar measures longer-term achievement and the social purposes to which the scholar believes his or her work contributes
• to identify the norms, audiences, and responsibilities of specifically theological scholarship that distinctively influence careers in this field of higher education
• to identify among the complex, cumulative set of choices involved in a teacher’s career, those decisions concerning academic goals and social purposes that are likely to have the largest cumulative impact on the theological teacher’s vocational development
• to consider the ways in which the institutional priorities of theological schools interact with the diversity of academic careers and the different stages of the vocational process, including not only issues traditionally identified with faculty assessment and academic freedom but also the more general interaction between individual vocational goals and institutional educational purposes

Front Row (left to right): Kathy Black (Claremont School of Theology), Sara Myers (Union Theological Seminary, NY), Phyllis Airhart (Emmanuel College of Victoria University), Katherine Hayes (Seminary of the Immaculate Conception), *W. Clark Gilpin (University of Chicago Divinity School), *Lucinda Huffaker (Wabash Center).

Second Row: J. Michael Byron (St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity), Barbara Brown Zikmund (Doshisha University of Kyoto Japan), Gina Hens-Piazza (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley), *Raymond Williams (Wabash Center).

Third Row: *Katarina Schuth (St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity), Philip Krey (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia), Kevin Madigan (Harvard Divinity School), Don Browning (University of Chicago Divinity School), Robert Priest (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Thomas Massaro (Weston Jesuit School of Theology).

Fourth Row: T. Howland Sanks (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley), Ron Anderson (Christian Theological Seminary), Kevin O’Neil (Washington Theological Union DC).

* leadership/staff 

Wabash Center