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Vocation Events

The Vocation Implementation Team (VIT) encourages UD faculty and staff to engage in their own vocational discernment, empowering them to experience the benefits of vocational reflection and integrate that reflection in their own lives and in their engagement with students.   

Vocation Workshops | 2019-20

UD faculty and staff are invited to attend interactive workshops illuminating UD's institutional learning goal of Vocation. All materials for these sessions are covered by a grant from the National Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment, Inc.  

The Context of Calling: Where is Privilege in Vocation Conversations?

November 19, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Register >>

A virtual workshop facilitated by Dr. Christine Jeske, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Wheaton College. 

We often operate under the assumption that everyone can discern or choose their vocation by their own free will. But how do the privileges we have or don’t have shape our vocational paths? How can we talk about vocation in ways are inclusive and beneficial for people of all backgrounds? Participants in this workshop will learn to recognize three common ways that vocation narratives ignore privilege, and then will practice using alternative narratives that acknowledge and address privilege differences.

Christine Jeske is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Wheaton College and author of several books. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has worked in microfinance, refugee resettlement, community development, and teaching while living in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa. Her current research considers how people imagine achieving a “good life,” especially when unemployed or working in low-wage jobs. She lives in an old Wisconsin farmhouse named the Sanctuary, complete with a dozen chickens, several pigs, innumerable weeds, two children, and one wonderful husband. (

Previous Workshops

  • Nov. 19, 2019, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Reflect on the language of vocation as defined at UD and take time to focus on your own vocation story. 
  • Feb. 20, 2010, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.: Apply and integrate the language of vocation to your work with students. 

See prior vocation workshops offered at UD (PDF) >> 

Vocation Retreats | 2020-21

The VIT's retreats subcommittee plans and facilitates a series of workshops and retreats each semester to promote this engagement for faculty and staff.  These retreats encourage participants to reflect on and share their callings as educators, explore connections between their callings and the work they do at UD and identify strategies for living their callings more fully.  

Previous Retreats

  • January 2019 - Retreat for First-Year Experience Working Group members
  • March 2019 - "Awakening Vocation" Retreat for UD faculty and staff featuring Ed Hahnenberg, Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University 
  • March 2020 - "Sifting Through the Noise: Responding to What We Don't Hear", facilitated by Leonard DeLorenzo from the University of Notre Dame.

Vocation Implementation Team

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