Cultivating Professional Lives of Purpose: Collegiate Experiences and Vocational Awareness
Important Question Explored: “How do we prepare students for disciplinary excellence, a successful career, and a meaningful life?”
Jennifer Discher was until recently the campus minister and director of service learning for Mercy College of Northwest Ohio. She is currently the director of Mission and Values Integration and Pastoral Care for Mercy Health Partners. Discher has a master’s degree in divinity from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of Toledo. She has taught Christian leadership, social analysis of education, homelessness, medical ethics, and service learning courses. Discher has also been involved in mentoring, community/migrant outreach, and multiple social justice projects.
Lee Krähenbühl, PhD is a communication professional and adjunct faculty member at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio. He has taught communication ethics and public communication for the past 24 years. Krähenbühl is founding director of Community Health Education Onstage, a program that provides continuing education for healthcare professionals. He holds the master’s degree in theology and the arts from Pacific School of Religion and doctoral degree in speech: theatre from the University of Oregon.
Carol Schwartz is an educator with a passion for and commitment to the creation of effective learning experiences for students. She has a master’s degree in education theory and social foundations from the University of Toledo and is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the same institution. As an adjunct faculty member, Schwartz has taught courses in educational leadership; educational theory; curriculum design and instruction; and instructional technology. She regularly works in professional development for faculty and staff members.
Educating for citizenship continues to undergird the mission of higher education, both public and private. The purpose of this presentation will be to articulate what curricular and co-curricular aspects of the college experience lead to the development of professionals who are mission-minded, socially responsible, vocationally aware, and civically engaged. In other words, “how do we prepare students for disciplinary excellence, a successful career, and a meaningful life?” In particular, the presentation will focus on the formation of mission-mindedness in future health care employees. Session Experience: Presenters argue that there is refreshing power in recalling personal experiences of “calling”— that period in which each person crossed the threshold between past lives and professional vocation. For some, this experience happens in a single moment of clarity; for others, this experience is a series of events that more gradually bring vocational direction into focus. Extending the Experience: After the session, participants will . . . . . . have learned practical steps toward utilizing narrative analysis and the backward design process.