Thank-you to Dwight Schwartz, Ph.D., forÂ sharing a glimpse of his academic/vocational journey through Candidate for What?Â A few questions for the reader as we wrap up the series with Part 5 (Click here for Part 1 on Pre-collegiate chemistry,Â here for PartÂ 2 – 3 on Collegiate Chemistry, and here for Part 4 on his Postdoctoral Puzzle):
- How do you understand the purpose/value of academic studies?
- What do Emerging Scholars have to offer not only to the academic community, but also to other occupations, the people of God, and the wider society/culture — eventually spanning the globe through travels/connections/education?
- In addition to praying forÂ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship‘s campus ministry, have you considered serving on, volunteering with, and/or advising InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff (possibly with a Graduate & Faculty MinistriesÂ focus)? Note: Personally I have benefited from Dwight’s insights with regard to the process and pressures of graduate school when relating to graduate students not only on campus, but also at special events such as graduate student retreats and meetings (e.g., American Scientific Association). Thank-you Dwight!
- How do you share your journey in higher ed with others? In what manner does your faith relate to your vocation? Note: If you have interest in sharing your story with Emerging Scholars, please clickÂ hereÂ to read a description of writing for the blog and drop ESN anÂ email. In addition, I am always open to advice regarding InterVarsity’s labors in relationship to Emerging Scholars and higher education (both in a general and a specific case study manner). So please don’t stop sharing the helpful insights 🙂 ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director ofÂ ESN, editor of ESNâ€™sÂ blogÂ andÂ Facebook Wall.
Around the same time as my formal postdoctoral studies were coming to an end, a friend of mine on InterVarsityâ€™s campus ministry staff asked a question that had crossed my mind a time or two before: â€œhave I ever considered joining InterVarsity to work with graduate students at a university somewhere?â€Â With this verbal â€œask,â€ I took up the consideration of this question with more seriousness and regularity, and, simultaneously, began to wonder what kind of life I might have if my idea of becoming a professor were not to be.Â Still, I didnâ€™t give up on the idea of a career as a professor somewhere. [Read more…] about Candidate for What? — InterVarsity staff