Sabbatical

After many years, I am on my first full-fledged sabbatical. The last 19 years of administration made it difficult to take an extended period of time for study, reflection, and writing or creation of some kind. That, by the way, is a definition of a sabbatical. It is not just time off, but time for […]

Books that Shape Us

Earlier this semester, Hope Nisly, one of our librarians, ask me to contribute to the library’s series on books that have shaped our lives.  Here is my piece.  Thank you to Hope and the Library staff for finding ways to reach students in personal ways.   The Confessions, St. Augustine It might seem like I am […]

Practicing Scholarship

Somewhere in my office I have a cartoon from the New Yorker, I believe, that shows two people standing next to a headstone. Below the deceased’s name and dates are the words “Published but Perished Anyway.” It points to what is widely thought to be the reason for scholarly publication—to survive in the academic world. […]

On Reading and Misreading, Faith and Reason

A few months ago I picked up the French Philosopher Luc Ferry’s recent A Brief History of Thought: a philosophical guide to living. Ferry is a professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was for a couple of years the French Minister of National Education. He is an important figure in French intellectual […]

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 […]

Starting an Academic Career

Today Dr. Kevin Reimer, Dean of Humanities Religion and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and who has taken on responsibility for guiding faculty development for the university, met with professors new to FPU to talk about how to create and sustain a professional academic career. Our work does not stop with the doctorate—that is the […]

Essay Collections—Continuing our Education

Last Sunday, October 30, was Reformation Sunday. Each year on the Sunday closest to October 31st many Protestant churches remember the Reformation, and reflect in sermons or Sunday School on the great themes of the Reformation: Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone, and the Priesthood of All Believers. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed […]

Book Reviewing and Teaching

How does one (do I) keep myself fresh and sharp for the courses he or she (I) teaches? Anyone who has been a college or university student may be able to verify that textbooks are deathly dull. And I think this is more so for the professor than the student. I try to select the […]