Students and professors discuss vocation and calling

Posted on April 10, 2018

Vocation 101: students gather with professors in Edwards Guest House on the Erskine campus.

“Vocation and Calling,” a course listed as Vocation 101, is meeting weekly this spring.

“This is a seminar format course that helps students consider what it means to live a good life and how to find a fulfilling vocation,” says Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Al Mina.

The non-credit class, which began Feb. 21 and is set to run for about 10 weeks, “covers such topics as understanding vocation, identifying your skills and talents, empowering yourself to make difficult decisions, and how to identify your calling while in college,” Mina explains.

Each week’s discussion is led by a different faculty member, so that students hear a variety of stories and perspectives on life, career paths, and vocations. Students who took the class last year, according to Mina, “enjoyed it and found it helpful in identifying their skills, improving decision-making, and [defining] a life well lived.”

Faculty members leading Vocation 101 this semester, in addition to Mina, include Assistant Professor of Business Administration Jack Abraham; Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Art Gorka; Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics Dr. Tiffany Hayden; Visiting Instructor of Accounting Derek Heinrichs; Assistant Professor of English Dr. Christine Schott; Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Brianna Van Scoy; and Grady Patterson Professor of Politics Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss.