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Newberry College Professor Earns Coveted Spot at National Seminar

January 29, 2019


Newberry College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Sara Peters has been selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the “Teaching Vocational Exploration” seminar. Hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges, faculty are competitively selected as part of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) initiative. 


Peters will be among 20 higher education faculty from across the country selected to explore strategies for incorporating vocational exploration into curriculum and student mentoring. 


“With only 20 faculty chosen nationwide, the application process was highly competitive,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president of Academic Affairs. “Dr. Peters’ exceptional commitment to her students makes her an ideal candidate for this seminar. We are eager to see what develops from her participation in the event.” 


The June seminar, to be held in Chicago, will share best practices for incorporating questions of vocational calling, purpose, ethics and identity into coursework to help students connect knowledge and vocational goals. Upon completing the seminar, faculty will be charged with developing a new course or course materials with a strong focus on vocational exploration. 


“Because of Newberry’s Lutheran liberal arts heritage, questions of calling, purpose, ethics and identity are precisely those we want our students to consider,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center at Newberry College. “Through this seminar, Dr. Peters will bring another dimension of vocation expertise to the student experience.”


The seminar is the latest development in the college’s relationship with CIC’s NetVUE initiative. Hughes currently directs a two-year, $42,000 program development grant, focused on mentoring first-year students for vocation. Hughes will speak in March at NetVUE’s national conference in Louisville, Ky.


Peters also has been granted a research sabbatical during Fall 2019 to study how people’s perceptions of national parks translate into stewardship when parks are utilized for recreation.

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