Baylor University Receives $50,000 Grant to Sponsor Seminar

January 11, 1996

WACO, Texas - Baylor University has received a grant of $50,000 from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, funded by the Lilly Endowment, to sponsor a summer seminar for faculty members of the 50 institutions currently in the Lilly Fellows Program Network.
The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, centered at Indiana's Valparaiso University, is a network of church-related colleges and universities that provides a national forum for exploring issues of common interest. Included are institutions representing diverse denominational traditions, institutional types and geographical locations. Members include such institutions as the University of Notre Dame, Calvin College and Pepperdine University.
The overall objective of the Lilly Fellows Program is the imaginative reformulation and implementation of an agenda for church-related higher education for the 21st century.
The seminar, titled "Contexts for Challenges: The Academic Vocation in the Christian College and University," will be held on the Baylor campus July 1-26. The seminar will focus on the double burden experienced by many Christian colleges and universities: issues regarding the integration of faith and learning, and the problems that professors in Christian institutions must face. These problems include the effects of technology upon instruction and learning, the decline of public confidence in higher education and the difficulty of meeting the needs of increasingly diverse student bodies.
Each week of the four-week seminar will focus on a subtopic related to these issues. Guest lecturers also will address the 12 faculty members chosen to participate in the seminar. The director of the seminar is Dr. James E. Barcus, chair and professor of English at Baylor.
Baylor faculty members are encouraged to apply to attend the seminar. Applications will be available in the Department of English, located in Carroll Science Hall, after Jan. 15. The applications are due by March 1. For more information, contact the Department of English at 755-1768.