NetVUE Regional Conference
A Vocational Anchor in a Sea of Change: The Enduring Influence of Ernest L. Boyer, Sr.
October 9-10, 2015
The Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah College is pleased to host a NetVUE regional gathering on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th.This special gathering will feature scholars and practitioners whose work addresses not only the current challenges facing higher education but also avenues for ensuring the future flourishing of colleges and universities.
Higher education today faces many consequential concerns, including declining public confidence, pervasive questions about the value of a college degree, the unbundling of the faculty role, degree compression, and declining resources. None of these concerns comes as a surprise to those serving in colleges and universities. What is often missing from the criticism surrounding higher education are more generative voices, those helping us to discern the deeper questions and to effectively navigate these turbulent times.
This gathering will turn to the work and ideals of Ernest L. Boyer Sr. as just such a generative voice. Boyer’s work as well as recent scholarship regarding his ideals provides crucial insight into the deeper concerns that underlie the various critiques being directed at higher education. Today’s context is both familiar to and distinct from the social and educational context of a quarter century ago when the ideals of Ernest L. Boyer Sr. helped higher education navigate a period of rapid flux. Still, the ideas and convictions of Ernest L. Boyer raised our collective consciousness as to the nature and purpose of undergraduate education and have the capacity to do so now.
This NetVUE gathering provides an opportunity to learn about Boyer’s ideals and consider they help us navigate the challenges of the present in ways that keep us attentive to the college’s calling to serve individual and society. We will give special attention to how his work weaves together vocational themes of faith, service, identity, connectedness, and community. While this gathering will be of interest to all who care about higher education’s purpose and well-being, this gathering will be of particular interest to those responsible for faculty development, teaching and learning, general education, assessment, and community engagement as well as those interested in the theological and philosophical underpinnings of Boyer’s work. Participants will gain insight regarding the deeper purposes of a college education and how to realize these ideals in various contexts.
Faculty, administrators, and co-curricular educators from NetVUE member institutions or non-member institutions are cordially invited to attend this gathering. All participants will receive a copy of the forthcoming text, At this Time and In this Place: Vocation and Higher Education (Oxford University Press, 2015) as part of their registration fee.
NetVUE registration information
Registration Deadline is September 30, 2015
NetVUE members = $30.00
Non NetVUE members = $50.00
Registration includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and materials. A lodging subsidy of $90 is available for participants at NetVUE institutions for Friday, October 9th. Remaining lodging expenses and transportation are the responsibility of each participant.
Register for the Conference at http://www.cic.edu/NetVUE-Regional-Gatherings
The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. This initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and members' dues. For more information, see NetVUE
Conference ScheduleFriday, Oct 9 and Saturday, Oct 10
A Vocational Anchor in a Sea of Change:
The Enduring Influence of Ernest L. Boyer
Messiah College, Hostetter Chapel
Friday, October 9, 2015
6:30 PM Welcome Reception and Registration
7:00 PM Dinner and Program
Welcome Remarks from NetVUE: Shirley Roels, Director of NetVUE
Welcome Remarks and Context Setting: Randy Basinger, Provost, Messiah College
Reader’s Theatre Presentation: Making the Connections
Dessert and Conversation
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Conversation
9:00 AM Framing the Conversation: Higher Education Today, Boyer’s Ideals, and our Aspirations for Vocation
9:25 AM Mini-reflections
Boyer's Theological and Educational Sensibilities
10:15 AM Coffee Break & Reflection
10:45 AM Higher Education’s Call: Vision Discussion and Large Group Dialogue
11:30 AM Lunch
the Academic Vocation
Mini-lecture: Impact of Scholarship Reconsidered on the Educator’s Role
Mini-lecture: The Educator’s Role in the Future
2:00 PM Small Group Discussions: Exploration by Educational Role
2:45 PM Large Group Conversation
3:15 PM Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up
Local hotels for NetVUE conference
To reserve your discounted rooms at the following hotels, please use the following links:
Hampton Inn Harrisburg West Reservations:
http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/H/HRBPAHX-NET-20151009/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Reservation deadline September 15, 2015.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott: http://cwp.marriott.com/harmt/mnv. Reservation deadline September 15, 2015.
Wingate by Wyndham in Mechanicsburg: by contacting the hotel directly at 717-766-2710 and asking for “Messiah College NetVUE conference – Oct 9”. Reservation deadline September 11, 2015.
NetVUE conference contact information
For further information, please contact:
The Ernest L. Boyer Center
One College Avenue Suite 3024
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Pre Readings for the NetVUE Regional Conference
A Vocational Anchor in a Sea of Change: The Enduring Influence of Ernest L. Boyer, Sr.
John M. Braxton
Dr. John Braxton is Professor of Education in the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Program at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the
study of college and university faculty members, including faculty scholarly role performance and the normative structures of undergraduate teaching and research.
Dr. Braxton has authored several books related to faculty work broadly and Boyer’s ideals of scholarship in particular. His books include Ernest L. Boyer: Hope for Today’s Universities (with Todd Ream, The State University of New York Press, 2015), Institutionalizing a Broader View of Scholarship Through Boyer's Four Domains (with William Luckey and Patricia Helland, ASHE-ERIC, Jossey-Bass Higher Education Report series, 2002), The Role of the Analyzing Faculty Work and Rewards: Using Boyer's Four Domains of Scholarship (Jossey-Bass, 2006), and Faculty Teaching and Research: Is There Conflict?(Jossey-Bass, 1996). Dr. Braxton is a co-editor of Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition (Jossey-Bass, forthcoming 2015).
His work has appeared in The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Science, Technology and Human Values and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Dr. Braxton has served as editor of the Journal of College Student Development and as Associate Editor (faculty topics) for Higher Education: A Handbook of Theory and Research. Braxton is also a Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Dr. Drew Moser serves as Dean of Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Higher Education at Taylor University. His research interests include vocation in the college experience, the life and career of Ernest L. Boyer, and the scholarship of practice
Dr. Moser is co-editor of Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition (Jossey-Bass, forthcoming 2015). His dissertation, To Lift the Leaden-Eyed: Ernest Boyer’s Career in Higher Education, chronicled the theological and educational contexts that shaped Ernie Boyer’s work and thought. He is presently co-authoring (with Todd Ream) a cultural biography of Ernest L. Boyer (SUNY Press).
Dr. Moser has also been published in numerous journals including the American Educational History Journal, Growth: The Journal of ACSD, The Journal of Educational Biography, Journal of Christian Higher Education, and About Campus.
Todd C. Ream
Dr. Todd Ream is Professor of Higher Education at Taylor University.
His research interests include historical, philosophical, and theological explorations of higher education.
Dr. Ream is the author of Christian Faith and Scholarship: An Exploration of Contemporary Developments (with Perry L. Glanzer, Jossey-Bass, 2007), Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education (with Perry L. Glanzer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The Lost Idea of a University: Reflections on a Squandered Inheritance (with Perry L. Glanzer & Nathan Alleman, InterVarsity Press, forthcoming 2016). He is also the editor Beyond Integration?: Inter/Disciplinary Possibilities for the Future of Christian Higher Education (with Jerry A. Pattengale and David L. Riggs, Abilene Christian University Press, 2012) , Ernest L. Boyer: Hope for Today's University (with John M. Braxton, SUNY Press, 2015), and co-editor of Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition (Jossey-Bass, forthcoming 2015). In collaboration with Drew Moser, he is currently working on Ernest L. Boyer: A Cultural Biography (SUNY Press).
Dr. Ream has contributed articles, editorials, and reviews to a wide variety of academic publications, including About Campus, Books and Culture, Educational Philosophy and Theory, First Things, Inside Higher Ed, Modern Theology, and The Review of Higher Education.
Cynthia A. Wells
Dr. Cynthia Wells is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of The Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah College. Her research interests include general education, common learning, and inclusive excellence.
Dr.. Wells has been a
contributing author to several texts, including At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education.
(Oxford, forthcoming 2015). Ernest L. Boyer: Hope for Today’s University
(SUNY Press, 2014), a Boyer themed issue of the Journal of Christian Higher
Education (2014), as well as Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities
of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition (Jossey-Bass, forthcoming 2015).
Her work has also appeared in the Journal of College Student Development, Brethren in Christ History and Life, and In Part Magazine.