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Continuum Scholars Faculty Development Grants

This faculty development program expands the conversation at Hope College about issues of faith, vocation and scholarship and welcomes pre-tenure faculty members into a vibrant experience of faith formation and intellectual engagement with the historic Christian faith.

Our goal through this program and these lectures is to build a community committed to an ongoing conversation about faith, vocation and scholarship.

The application deadline coincides with the Nyenhuis Grant deadline.

GRANT DETAILS

As a Continuum Scholar, you will:

  • Participate in a two-week, partial-day workshop on faith, vocation and scholarship during which you will articulate and explore the following:
    • Theological perspectives on the vocation of scholarship
    • The current state of theological reflection and engagement in your research field(s) and discipline(s)
    • The ecumenical continuum of theological perspectives through which our colleagues at Hope College and within higher education approach their own scholarship
  • Make an on-campus presentation on faith, vocation and scholarship during the academic year
  • Receive a $500 workshop stipend in addition to funding consistent with Nyenhuis Grant guidelines

The Continuum Scholars will be an inter-divisional cohort of five pre-tenure faculty members. The selection process will use the Nyenhuis Summer Research Grant proposal as a common application. Proposals for collaborative research with students will be considered, but the workshop will include only faculty. Full-time, pre-tenure faculty in any academic division who meet the eligibility criteria for Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grants may apply — for details, see the Provost’s website. The submission deadline is in January each year and late proposals will not be accepted. To apply for a Continuum Scholars Faculty Development Grant, simply fill out the Continuum Program application and submit it to the Provost’s Office as an additional attachment to the email containing your Nyenhuis application.

APPLICATION  INSTRUCTIONS AND TEMPLATE

Instructions

Please save your answers to the following questions in a Word or PDF document and submit it to the Provost's Office as an additional attachment to the email containing your Nyenhuis Summer Research Grant proposal. If you already have existing research funding, rather than filling out the Nyenhuis application, you should submit a brief, 250-word summary of your summer research plans and indicate the funding source. The Continuum Scholars Application document should not exceed two (2) pages in length with a minimum font size of 11 points.

Application Template

Continuum Scholars Faculty Development Grant
Application for Summer "______"

Name: "_____________"

  • How might participation as a Continuum Scholar benefit your proposed research? Note: An explicit connection between faith, vocation and your project is not a requirement.
  • What questions in regard to faith, vocation and scholarship (conceived broadly as research, teaching and service) do you want to explore? Why?
  • Describe your previous opportunities to think and learn about faith, vocation and scholarship. Note: Experience exploring these topics is not a requirement.
  • How might an in-depth exploration of faith, vocation and scholarship benefit you at this stage of your career? How might participation as a Continuum Scholar shape potential directions for your scholarship (again, conceived broadly as research, teaching and service) over the next 10 years?

FAITH AND SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION SERIES - FEATURING CONTINUUM SCHOLARS

Open to faculty, staff and students, this series features Continuum Scholar grant awardees and is part of a vision for Hope College as a community of faithful Christian scholars.

In order to build this, we — faculty, staff and students — need to meet with one another in fellowship to discuss how the breadth of meaning inherent in terms like “faith” and “scholarship” creates a depth of their possible integration. We are not chairing the discussion of faith, scholarship and vocation here at Hope College — no one is. The point is neither to impose a particular view nor to require anyone to learn, teach, research or serve a certain way. The discussion is to help build a community of Christian scholars faithful to the mission of integrating the lives of the mind and of the spirit, a community whose members are comfortably vulnerable about how they define and live out these terms and their relationship to one another and a community that enacts and models the virtues of civil discourse for all to see.

Academic Year

Presentations are monthly throughout most of the academic year and open to all faculty, staff and students. A few previous presentations are highlighted at the bottom of this page.

Summer Series

A six week summer series incorporates small group discussion open to all faculty, staff and students. Join us each Thursday for six weeks from 8–9 a.m. 

Find upcoming dates and specific details.

Faith and Scholarship Presentations by Continuum Scholar Faculty

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"Mothering, Mentoring, and Sex Trafficking: What does any of this have to do with Christianity?" - Dr. Llena Chavis (Social Work)
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"Stories of Truth from the Lab" - Dr. Amanda Eckermann (Chemistry)
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"Stories of Truth from the Lab" - Dr. Chad Carlson (Kinesiology)
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"(Re)Reading the Classics through Faithful Eyes" - Dr. Steve Maiullo (Classics)
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"Why Economics Needs the Christian Tradition and the Liberal Arts" - Dr. Steven McMullen (Economics)