Theology of Vocation Project

The Theology of Vocation Project is an interdisciplinary group of Wheaton faculty convened to generate new scholarship at the intersections between theology of work and their own fields.


The Theology of Vocation Project aims to help Wheaton College build a theologically and culturally informed framework for understanding and teaching vocation at Wheaton College.

For this academic year, Opus has gathered nine faculty members from various disciplines who are reading and conducting research related to vocation within their respective fields. Each faculty member will write and deliver a white paper on these topics, which will be put online as a “coursepack” that is available for all faculty. By making this resource available to all faculty, we hope to spark and enliven conversations related to vocation and faith on campus—and to provide resources to help faculty teach about vocation within their particular classrooms.


2015-2016 Theology of Vocation Project Faculty

Dr. Vince Bacote 
Associate Professor of Theology
Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics
White Paper: "Vocation, Institutions, and the Common Good"

Dr. Marc Cortez
Associate Professor of Theology
White Paper: "Vocation and the Image of God"

Dr. Karen Johnson 
Assistant Professor of History
White Paper: "Vocation and Place"

Dr. Nicole Mazzarella
Associate Professor of English
White Paper with Dr. Wood: "Practices of Vocational Discernment and Virtue"

Dr. Laura Montgomery
Professor of Anthropology
Dean of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL)
White Paper: "Social Stratification in Vocational Discernment and Choice"

Dr. Ray Phinney
Chair of Undergraduate Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
White Paper: "Cognitive Aspects of Vocational Decision-making"

Dr. Nate Thom
Assistant Professor of Biology
White Paper: "The Neurobiology of Vocation"

Dr. Noah Toly
Associate Professor of Urban Studies and
Politics & International Relations
Director of the Urban Studies Program
White Paper: "Vocation and Questions of Rest, Leisure, Play"

Dr. Jay Wood
Professor of Philosophy
White Paper with Dr. Mazzarella: "Practices of Vocational Discernment and Virtue"

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