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Who Are You?
Your Vocation & Our Shared Mission

According to the recent Xavier Catholic Mission/Ministry 2009-10 Survey, over 99% of responding faculty feel that they personally contribute to the Xavier mission.

Clearly there are many nuances behind this statistic. We all engage the mission in different ways, because we all bring different experiences and values with us.

These underlying values and experiences inform our teaching and all the work we do here. They are crucial components of our very identity. Yet they are, perhaps, not discussed as often as they might be.

Indeed, in a recent presentation titled "We Teach Who We Are", Kathryn Byrnes of Bowdoin College stated that "the examination of the teacher's life and vocation" is a "missing ingredient" in professional development.

In hopes of restoring this "missing ingredient," we invite faculty to join us for an interactive discussion. Who are you? What values and life experiences do you bring to Xavier? Do you have a personal life mission, or do you wish to develop one? What passions motivate your teaching? Where do you feel you have your greatest success, and what are your biggest challenges? What aspects of Xavier's mission are most compelling to you? Are there aspects of the mission which are difficult to connect to your teaching?

These and other questions are all fair game. We aim to create a space for an open-hearted and respectful dialog. The content is up to you.

  • Led by: Bart Everson, CAT
  • Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
  • Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
  • Location: CAT Conference Room
  • Sponsor: CAT

Note: If you are interested in the topic but can't make this session please let us know.

To register: Space is limited. RSVP to Olivia Crum via or call x.7512

Tags: integrative learning, discussion, mission
Format: discussion
Event ID: 01088

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