Worth Reading

    This blog promises to deliver well considered discussion and perspectives to support Christian academic administrators. I strive to to write well; posts are concise and on point, respectful of the reader’s time. My opinions arise from a mid-level perspective in administration; I may not yet be able to see the great vistas from the…

Whose Weakness Was Turned to Strength

One of the articles in the important work SOUL CARE: CHRISTIAN FAITH AND ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION deals with conflict resolution, and is subtitled appropriately as “A Fresh ‘Mindset’ on Conflict Resolution and Team Building.” It builds on the Clifton StregthsFinder Assessment tool which can be found here: https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/?utm_source=sfdotcometogsc&utm_medium=webreferral&utm_campaign=sfdotcom. The article, by Ressler, Longman, and Cantwell, deals…

Hiring and Diversity

Nursing school grads A friend who is most knowledgeable in the workings of university life shockingly reported,  Before I started job hunting, one of the colleagues in my field, explained to me how they did a job search at his California University (…circa 1994). He testified that they would receive maybe 100 applications. They would…

Describing Your College’s Religion Department

I constantly read introductory descriptions of religion departments in the web pages and catalogues of liberal arts colleges and research universities. Almost all of them are tepid and have a way of conveying to potential students that the study of religions is mostly useless. To be sure, there is usually the concession that the study…

Toward a Baptist Theology of Academic Administration

  A number of recent articles by upper administrators make reference to their respective school’s theological commitments as informing their approach to administration. In particular, the Reformed tradition of several Calvinist schools was cited as reminding administrators of their own depravity and need for grace, as if other other Protestant traditions lacked such distinctives. Such…