Faculty Grants Support Projects That Weave
Into the Curriculum
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF English Kimberly
Segall will take 20 Seattle Pacific
University students to South Africa this summer.
There they’ll help disadvantaged youth, work with an AIDS education
group and witness community theatre, all
while exploring how a vocation in the arts
can minister to people across cultures.
Top, left to right: Kenman Wong, Denise Daniels, Tim Dearborn and Randal Franz.
Bottom, left to right: Shannon Smythe and Rob Wall, Kimberly Segall
Segall’s project and two other facultyled
initiatives received SPU’s 2002–2003 Faculty Grants for Theology and Vocation.
To fund these programs, Seattle Pacific is using part of a $2 million grant from
the Lilly Endowment Inc., which has launched a nationwide initiative to encourage
college students to consider the theological meaning of vocation.
In order to
dispense funds from the Lilly grant, Seattle Pacific created an umbrella program
called Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration (SERVE).
enhancing a variety of programs across campus, such as career services, internship
opportunities and women’s studies.
Bob Drovdahl, co-director of SERVE and professor
of Christian ministry and
education, hopes this concentration on
vocation — literally calling — will help students search for something more than
a job. “We want to help students focus on career and life choices with a clearer
of purpose outside themselves,” he says.
Also given a Faculty Grant for Theology
and Vocation were Denise Daniels, associate professor of management; Randal Franz,
associate professor of management; and Kenman Wong, professor of business ethics.
They conducted a seminar last summer, training other faculty members in ways
that a theology of vocation affects business practice. Tim Dearborn, dean of
the chapel, facilitated the seminar.
Rob Wall, professor of Christian scriptures,
received a grant to produce a scholarly
essay and lead workshops on women in ministry, dealing head-on with “problem
Pauline texts” that discourage women from pursuing careers as pastors and teachers
in the church. Shannon Smythe, who graduated in June 2002, assisted Wall in adapting
his research for an informational brochure to use on campus.
In South Africa,
Segall’s students will watch a performance of a play about apartheid that Segall
began directing on an
earlier visit. They’ll hear firsthand stories, since the actors are often telling
their own lives. “This project is about students exploring a vocation in the
arts,” Segall explains, “showing how art can reach
people at their deepest levels.”
The arts are not the only profession
Segall’s students are interested in pursuing.
According to Segall, “Students get a chance to think through vocation, so no
matter what discipline they specialize in, they can consider ways of serving
— BY MARGARET D. SMITH
— PHOTO BY DANIEL SHEEHAN
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