Lecture topics are geared toward helping students make connections between their faith, their studies, and their lives as graduate students. Past topics include A Contemplative Approach to My Academic Life, given by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, Teaching as an Act of Charity with Dr. Darin Davis, Director of the Institute for Faith and Learning, and Observing the Sabbath in the Academy, a panel discussion with Drs. Lauren Barron, Jonathan Tran, and Jason Whitt.
Mentoring & Challenging Undergraduate Students
Monday, October 6, 12-1pm, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Acknowledging students’ gifts while challenging them to excel in areas of struggle can be a challenge for new and experienced teachers alike. Both encouraging and pushing students, and applying these lessons to one’s own academic development, contributes to Baylor’s mission to prepare students for leadership and service as well as Christian commitment to their community.
Coffee Chat on Spiritual Community
Tuesday, November 18, 10-11am, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
Graduate school is a time of intense intellectual engagement and growth, but it can also be a time of considerable imbalance in one’s personal life. In this informal coffee chat, we will consider why spiritual community is important during graduate school; how spiritual community can improve life balance and mental health; and the difficulty in finding spiritual community when you have uprooted and moved to a new setting. Newer graduate students are invited to ask questions or share their experiences so far; advanced graduate students are invited to share their experiences and observations from the last several years.
What is Christian Teaching? The Diverse Approaches of Christian Professors
January 30, 10-11am, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
What does it mean to teach as a Christian, especially if your academic discipline does not have an explicitly religious approach? How do Christian professors approach students, grading, and professional relationships? Dr. Perry Glanzer will address these and other topics during this graduate student spiritual life event. Coffee and bagels will be provided; please RSVP here.
Changing Rhythms: How to Spend Your Time Over the Summer
April 2015, Bobo Spiritual Life Center
One of the vices of the academic schedule is that it prompts the idolatry of time. Summers are both idolized and idealized as the time when we will accomplish everything we put off during the school-year. In order to encourage graduate students to order their summers in both healthy and virtuous ways, this event will feature a panel of professors who will offer some insight into the problem of time and how to spend it during the summer. Coffee and bagels will be served.