The University Today: Challenges and Opportunities

Transcript (with minor edits) of a talk given at the IFES World Assembly in Oaxtepec, Mexico on July 22, 2015. The topic was “The University Today” and the talk addresses four “change” forces in the university that present both challenges and opportunities for mission in the university. Each section includes the reflection questions shared during the talk. Many asked for this transcript so that they could get these questions and further discuss the implications of these “change” forces.Read more…

Activism in the Academy

A couple of years ago, I found myself surrounded by respected faculty colleagues, discussing a book proposal that I was preparing. The topic of the book is economics and animal ethics, an area of significant disagreement. My own convictions are well-outside the mainstream for Christian economists in the Mid-west, and I am a junior faculty member, so I was somewhat taken back when a colleague asked “Is this book going to be objective? Or will it be advocacy?” I wanted to answer “Yes.”Read more…