The End of the Semester and Scholarly Pursuits

It’s already begun to happen. Each semester as I complete my course of teaching, and move toward completing grading final exams, I experience once again what I think might be a common experience for those of us who pursue an academic life. Into my mind come flooding ideas and topics to pursue, books to read, […]

Faculty Appointments

It’s July 31, 2013 and we are just finishing the last appointments for the 2013-14 academic year which begins August 1, 2013, tomorrow! It is a long process that begins by departmental faculty forming position announcements for positions that have budgetary approval. These announcements must be approved by their Dean and the Provost and then […]

International Experience

Many years ago—in the early 90s—we “globalized” our curriculum. Our required “Civ” series (which combined Biblical studies, Church history and religious experience with the history of civilizations—fun to teach, and lots to grapple with) became a world civilizations course which included both Western and world civilizations. In English we included world readings along with tradition […]

The Hidden Curriculum

I was honored to be invited to give the 2013 FPU commencement address. As President Menjares noted afterwards it was something of a tribute to our faculty. Below I have included only the descriptions of the three characteristics or “virtues” of our Hidden Curriculum. I have had to leave out all of the illustrative stories […]

Poetry at Pacific

Last week we were once again delighted by the annual “Visiting Writers Series” named in honor of and supported by two long time friends of Fresno Pacific Jean and Louis Janzen. Jean is well known both locally and nationally (and beyond) as a poet with what I think of as a sacramental insight and gift. […]

Remembering and Renewing, Martin Luther King Celebration

Education happens on the weekends too. Yesterday evening, Friday, we were Christ Temple Church for the first part of a two day event organized and hosted by Dr. Karen Crozier, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Special Assistant to the Provost for Peace and Justice Initiatives. The event was officially sponsored by my office, the […]

Academic Administration

What a catchy title and stimulating topic! Now that I have been in this area of higher education for about eight years, it seems like it is time for me to explain what it is that we as academic administrators do. I actually came up with this a few years ago, when I was Dean […]

College Hour—Honoring Faculty and Staff

This week is faculty and staff appreciation week, sponsored by our Office of Spiritual Formation. Led by Rev. Angulus Wilson, the department has been sending out notes and visiting the faculty and staff or the university and led a College Hour worship time focused on the theme. The worship team was composed of staff and […]

Reformation Day

In five years, on October 31, 2017, we will celebrate the 500th  anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. Today is its 495th anniversary. Since that time, the “Wittenberg Door” has become a symbol of protest—we have one in our Steinert Campus Center, at the […]

Board Meeting, Fall 2012

I am sitting in a meeting of the FPU Board of Trustees, yesterday afternoon and this Saturday morning, our third for the year and our first with our new President, Dr. Pete Menjares. The discussion has been at times fairly intense, wonderfully good humored and forward thinking. Right now they are discussing admissions standards for […]