Staff & Faculty Vocation Seminars

Opus: The Art of Work is offering a pilot program this coming fall, a seminar designed for faculty and staff to explore questions of vocational meaning and purpose for themselves and their students.

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Studies have shown that students best develop in vocational purpose, imagination, agility, and resilience when the staff and faculty who serve them live and work out of an understanding of their own vocations. Research also shows that when faculty and staff come together for developmental opportunities around themes of vocation most (85%+) report an increased satisfaction in their own work and understanding and sharing in the educational mission of the school. It’s for these reasons, that Opus will be offering an employee vocation seminar fall, 2017. This seminar will serve to prepare employees to walk alongside students as they confront questions of vocational meaning, and purpose.

Benefits

Faculty participants will have promotable experiences in spiritual mentoring and institutional citizenship. They will also receive priority consideration for other Opus opportunities such as the faculty fellowship and Opus grants programs. All participants will have the chance to reflect on and share their own vocational experiences and explore approaches to mentoring students around questions of life purpose and meaning.

Schedule

Eight, 90-minute meetings, for a total of 12 hours, from 3:30 – 5:00pm on the following Thursdays: August 24 & 31, September 7, October 5 & 19, and November 2, 9, & 30. We will wrap up the seminar with a closing dinner celebration on a Sunday, December 10 (spouses and significant others are invited).

Activities and Objectives

The seminar will include a diverse group of faculty and staff, giving participants opportunity to interact meaningfully with those outside of their usual work spheres. Participants will:

  • Meet and get to know Wheaton employees outside of their work spheres
  • Reflect on and share their own vocational stories and listen to and understand the vocational stories of the other participants
  • Read and discuss texts on the vocational journeys of today’s emerging adults
  • Work on strategies for mentoring students toward meaningful visions for life
  • Meet and hear from previous Opus faculty fellows
  • Review resources for further exploration

Topics

This seminar will include a diverse group of faculty and staff, giving participants opportunity to interact meaningfully with those outside of their usual work spheres. Participants will:

  • Meet and get to know Wheaten employees outside of their work spheres
  • Hear talks from previous Opus faculty fellows
  • Reflect on and share their own vocational stories and listen to and understand the vocational stories of the other participants
  • Read and discuss texts on the vocational journeys of today's emerging adults
  • Work on strategies for mentoring students toward meaningful visions for life
  • Review resources for further exploration

Application

Please apply here >>


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