How did you know…

…that you wanted to be an academic?

Urbana 09 – InterVarsity’s triennial student missions conference – is coming up next month, December 27 to 31. This year features a special In the Workplace and In the Academy set of seminars to introduce students to a robust theology of calling. I’ll be leading a seminar called “Serving Christ as a Professor: 10 Things You Need to Know.” It will include some “missional” ideas of why the university matters to God and some pragmatic advice on graduate school and career prep, but I also hope to give students some resources for discerning whether they ought to pursue an academic vocation.

So, how did you know that you wanted to be an academic? What do you tell students who are thinking about a faculty career? I’d love to share your stories and advice with the students at Urbana. Feel free to email me if you’d rather not leave a comment.

Two more Urbana-related notes:

Get credit: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is offering credit for Urbana, through a wrap-around course on Global Christianity. Register for Urbana first, then register for the course.

Save money: Register before December 1 and save $50 by using the code novu09 when you register.


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Micheal Hickerson

The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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