2019 Workshop for Senior Administrators

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts presents

The Twentieth Annual Workshop for Senior Administrators: 

Our Students: Their Spiritual and Religious Lives

October 17-18, 2019
Baylor University
Waco, Texas



Denise Doyle

Provost Emerita

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas



Kathleen M. Light


University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas




Brian Johnson

Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana


John Schmalzbauer

Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies

Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri


Our Students: Their Spiritual and Religious Lives will help senior administrators from church-related institutions understand their students’ religious and spiritual lives and consider broad missional responses to this information in terms of faculty development, teaching, spiritual/pastoral care, and student services.

Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies at Missouri State University, will present data on the religious and spiritual lives of students at church-related colleges and universities, drawing on UCLA’s American Freshman study and recent surveys from Catholic, evangelical, and mainline Protestant institutions. His presentation will focus on the rise of the “nones,” the impact of cultural and religious diversity, and the relevance of student spirituality for academics and student affairs. In response, Denise Doyle, Brian Johnson, Kathleen M. Light, will help attendees connect these data to mission. The workshop will not offer a declension narrative; rather, we hope to understand contemporary shifts in our students lives so that we can best align our institutional practices with these shifts. In short, we want to engage the students we have, not the ones we think we have.

You can download Dr. Schmalzbauer's presentation here.


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