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Opus Vocation Scholars (OVS)

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The Opus Vocation Scholars is a competitive program for Wheaton College faculty.  The program is designed to support the production of new scholarship on vocation and human flourishing in the Christian liberal arts and across the disciplines.

Each academic year, Opus accepts faculty members from various disciplines to conduct research related to vocation within their respective fields.  Vocation Scholars will study vocation and human flourishing in the Christian liberal arts tradition.  These studies will culminate as each Scholar authors an original essay addressing vocational themes in relationship to a selected topic.  Scholars may be invited to present their essays to the College in a Lunch and Learn event in the year following their participation.  This program comes with a stipend.

Opus Vocation Scholars will…

  • Study and discuss theology of work, vocational discernment, and vocational pedagogy in regular seminar meetings
  • Build a customized faith and vocation resource library
  • Produce an original essay developing themes of vocation or human flourishing relative to a topic selected by the Scholar

Read more about the program: OVS Program Details

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Apply to be an Opus Vocation Scholar

Faculty from across the College are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed and admission decisions made in the spring for the following academic year. To be considered for the OVS program, complete the linked application. 

Opus Vocation Scholars and their essays:

Dr. Vince Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology, "Reconnecting Our Way to Vocation"

Dr. Robert Bishop, Associate Professor of Physics and Philosophy, co-authored with Dr. Nathaniel Thom, "Suffering Promotes Flourishing"

Dr. Marc Cortez, Associate Professor of Theology, "Vocationalizing the imago Dei" 

Dr. Seth Ehorn, Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek Language and New Testament, with Dr. Enoch Hill, "Flourishing in the Temporal and Eternal"

Dr. Winnie Fung, Associate Professor of Economics, "Poverty, Liberation, and Human Flourishing"

Dr. Enoch Hill, Assistant Professor of Economics, "Material Prosperity and Human Flourishing"

Dr. Christine Jeske, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, "A Theology of Work for the Underemployed"

Dr. Karen Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, "Placing Vocation"

Dr. Beth Felker Jones, Professor of Theology, "Power, Particularity, and Community: Mentoring Theologically"

Dr. Hanmee Kim, Assistant Professor of History, "Remembering the Nature of Nation-States"

Dr. Laura Montgomery, Professor of Anthropology, "Social Stratification in Vocational Discernment and Choice"

Dr. Ray Phinney, Associate Professor of Psychology, "Cognitive Errors, Biases and Vocational Exploration"

Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt, Associate Professor of Communication, "Media Effects at the Neurochemical Level"

Dr. David Setran, Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, "From Worldview to Way of Life: Forming Student Dispositions Toward Human Flourishing"

Dr. Nathaniel Thom, Assistant Professor of Biology, "Providence, Choice, and the Neurobiology of Vocation," and co-authored with Dr. Robert Bishop, "Suffering Promotes Flourishing"

Dr. Noah Toly, Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, "Called to Rest"