Here we are again, on the cusp of another Faculty Institute. This year’s Institute takes place August 16–17 and is themed Living the Engaged Life: Andrews University—A Place to Belong. It is informed by Paul’s appeal to the church in Galatians: “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous ‘descendant,’ heirs according to the covenant promises” (Galatians 3:28–29).
During her inauguration, President Andrea Luxton emphasized her vision for Andrews University—that it be a place where all students, faculty and staff matter and belong. This Institute will motivate us to continue building Andrews University as just such a place.
Each day we will gather together for worship and a plenary session. On Thursday, August 16, George Knight, professor emeritus, will challenge us to think about what makes an Andrews education distinctive. On Friday, August 17, Michael Nixon, vice president for Diversity & Inclusion, will inspire us to think about establishing a Christ-centered community that acknowledges, accepts and celebrates our ethnic and gender differences.
As we strive to provide a strong faith environment that nurtures excellence in pedagogy and research, Faculty Institute is an exciting opportunity to engage the entire faculty in professional development on important topics. Please register for the Institute at andrews.edu/rsvp/facultyinstitute to help us with our planning!
Our hope is that together we can engage, gain new perspectives and ideas, and, as a result, be an even stronger academic community. Thank you for your work.
Please take the time to provide feedback for the sessions you attend! Your input helps us to determine our faculty's needs, and assists us in planning for next year!
Plenary evaluations: https://www.andrews.edu/classclimate/indexstud.php?p=88VV6
Breakout Session evaluations: https://www.andrews.edu/classclimate/indexstud.php?p=4TAV6