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Faculty Fellowships

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Every year, Opus selects an interdisciplinary group of faculty to study the literature in several areas including theology of work and vocational discernment processes among millennials and to integrate their learning into their teaching and mentoring.

These year-long fellowships, available for 5 full-time faculty members each year, provide funded release time and conference and seminar experiences that help faculty link their own fields with vocation in their pedagogy.

Goals include:

  • Apply theology of work, discernment of calling, vocationally oriented spiritual formation and relevant experiential educational principles to departmental curricula, programs, and ethos
  • Generate excellent classroom vocation- and purpose-exploration experiences for students
  • Serve as Opus advocates, ambassadors, and liaisons to represented academic departments

Summary of Fellowship components:

  • Participate in the Opus fellows seminar (once a month through the academic year)
  • Design and implement a fellowship development plan (during the '18-'19 academic year)
  • Read seminar resources and participate in seminar discussions
  • Fully funded conference attendance


  • Funded spring course release OR an equivalent stipend as an alternative
  • Fully funded travel and expenses to select conference(s) - TBA
  • Each fellow will receive a customized faith and vocation resource library
Dr. Nate Thom - Faculty Fellow and Opus Vocation Scholar

"I didn't really have a clear understanding of vocation or calling when I entered Opus [as a graduate fellow]. I have benefited enormously from the distinction that Opus emphasizes between our primary vocation as Christians and the varied secondary vocations individuals may be called or equipped for.”

Dr. Amy Black - Faculty Fellow

"Likely the most fulfilling aspect of the program was the opportunity to interact with faculty colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and learn from one another. At conferences, in gatherings as fellows, and in subsequent interaction with these colleagues, I have deepened friendships and learned new ideas to enrich my teaching and my understanding of my own vocational callings."