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Exploring Christian Faith
and the Faculty Vocation

now accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year

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The BSC Faculty Fellowship exists to inspire and equip early- and mid-career Christian faculty to more fully integrate their faith as part of their role as a scholars and teachers in the university. This year-long fellowship will help faculty think more deeply about the role of the Christian faith in the academic vocation, connect faculty in Christian community across disciplines, and explore the intersection of faith, thought, and life in the academy. The fellowship will help Christian faculty strengthen their own beliefs and develop a theological perspective on engaging faculty colleagues and others of different worldviews, with gentleness and respect, for the common good of the university.

Fellows Lunches

With the support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Bradley Study Center is inviting 10-15 instructional or research faculty to participate in this year-long fellowship. The core of this program is a series of monthly lunches where the Fellows will gather together, hear from a prominent academic leader, and discuss a brief reading. The lunches will begin in September 2021, with three lunches per semester. The primary text for discussion will be Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, by Tim Keller and John Inazu.

In the Spring of 2022, the BSC will host Elaine Howard Ecklund, who will give a talk on campus on the intersection of science and religion, and we will ask faculty fellows to invite a colleague from a different worldview to attend that lecture, and then invite that colleague to share a meal sometime soon after her visit. We hope this lecture event and subsequent lunch discussion will foster conversations across difference in the spirit of Christian hospitality.

Benefits

Faculty fellows will enjoy some of these opportunities:

  • Thoughtful dialog on matters of importance to the Christian faith, the university, and the calling of faculty
  • Participation in a community of Christian faculty at Virginia Tech
  • Great lunches provided!
  • Complimentary book
  • Engaging with other faculty and students exploring similar questions

Requirements

We ask each faculty fellow to commit to participating actively in the program by:

  • Attending all lunches and engaging in each month’s discussion
  • Thoughtfully reading in advance of each lunch (25-30 pages)
  • Participating in one common event with BSC student fellows during the year
  • Inviting a faculty colleague (from a different worldview or life experience) to the lecture by Elaine Howard Ecklund
  • Inviting that colleague to a 1-1 lunch soon after the lecture event for dialog

Dates & Speakers:
(all 12:30-1:45pm)

September 16 – Cyril Clarke (Provost)
October 14 – Dan Givens (Dean, Vet Med)
November 5 – Andy Crouch
February 10 – TBD
March 3 – Menah Pratt-Clarke (VP, Strategic Affairs)
April 7 – Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice U.)

The faculty fellows will also be invited to participate in the community of the Bradley Study Center by attending one event along with the students who participate in the BSC Student Fellows Program, which meets weekly during the academic year. We hope these common meetings will be a source of energy and enthusiasm for our burgeoning community of students and scholars.

We are seeking applications from faculty across academic disciplines,
including full-time tenured, tenure-track, instructional, and research faculty

Deadline for applications: September 1, 2021

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