Mentoring Program on Academic Life as Religious Vocation

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Start Date: 
Wed, 01/01/1997
End Date: 
Fri, 12/31/1999

The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life (ARIL) developed a program in which university and college chaplains, in conjunction with senior faculty members, established mentoring relationships with junior faculty on secular campuses. Through sustained discussions participants in the mentoring program explored the ties between their spiritual lives and intellectual pursuits. Mentors and proteges had opportunities to consider their academic work as part of a religious or spiritual vocation. In addition to helping participants appreciate the crucial role mentoring can play in personal lives, professional practice, and institutional practices, this grant also allowed chaplains/conveners the opportunity to integrate their own work into the intellectual pursuits of the academy. Insights arising from ARIL mentoring programs were disseminated through CrossCurrents, an online journal published by ARIL. Two national consultations, one held at Brown University in 1998 and another hosted by Columbia University and Union Seminary in New York in 1999, also provided a forum in which innovations in mentoring techniques were discussed. A manual was compiled by Peter Van Ness for these conference proceedings. (KH)