Lutheran Higher Education Conference Schedule

Pacific Lutheran University
Educating for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership,
and care for other people, their communities, and the Earth

We give thanks to the Creator for the Puyallup and Nisqually people
on whose land this university and many of our homes stand.
For their wise stewardship of the creation, we offer our gratitude.

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that educate students for lives of meaning and purpose in the world

Introducing Faculty, Administrators, and Staff to
Lutheran Higher Education
June 14-15, 2021

Times are given in three zones:
Pacific: 8:00 AM to 12 Noon | Central: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Eastern: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Faculty, Administrators, and Staff: FAS; Lutheran Higher Education: LHE

Welcome and Introductions

* Allan Belton, President, Pacific Lutheran University
* Mark Wilhelm, Executive Director, NECU
* Samuel Torvend, Pacific Lutheran University

The Challenges of Welcoming FAS to LHE

* Melissa Maxwell-Doherty, California Lutheran University
* Sean Burke, Luther College
Small group discussion

Two Views of the Distinctive Character of LHE

* Marit Trelstad, Pacific Lutheran University: LHE NECU Introducing Faculty, Administrators & Staff
* Jason Mahn, Augustana College
Reading: Core Elements in Lutheran Higher Education; Lutheran Higher Education Basics; and Five Faith Commitments of Augustana College
Conversation with presenters

Short Break

A Model for Introducing FAS to LHE

* Samuel Torvend
Reading: “Model One: Gathering, Educating and Forming, and Sending,” in Models for Introducing FAS to LHE, pages 1-2
Conversation with presenter

The Development of LHE Practitioners

* Samuel Torvend
Reading: “Model Two: Moving from disinterested observer to maturing practitioner,” in Models for Introducing FAS to LHE, pages 3-5
Small group discussion

Mid-morning or lunch break 9:30 | 11:30 | 12:30 PM
Return to Workshop 10:30 | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

How I “caught” LHE

* Joanna Gregson, Pacific Lutheran University
* Laree Winer, Pacific Lutheran University

From the T-Shirt to the Seminar

* Samuel Torvend
Reading: “Model Three: The process of welcoming staff, administrators, and faculty,” in Models for Introducing FAS to LHE, 6-8
Small group discussion


12 Noon | 2:00 PM | 3:00 PM

Small group discussion

1. Kindly remember to speak for oneself by using “I” statements (“I think”) rather than “We all know” or “Everyone assumes that …”
2. Allow others to speak first without interruption
3. We are gathered to learn from each other rather than engage in debate
4. Silence your cellphone and put it away
5. Ensure that there are no distracting noises or movements in your location
6. One person will serve as moderator of the discussion. The moderator is responsible for a) keeping an eye on clock; b) ensuring that each person has time to speak (this may mean offering a gentle reminder to a loquacious participant that other voices need to be heard); and c) keeping the conversation on track (how easy it is to move to a tangential question).


Why Rooted and Open?

* Mark Wilhelm, The Lutheran Center
Conversation with presenter

Welcoming FAS to LHE

* Mindy Makant, Lenoir Rhyne University
* Andrew Tucker, Capital University, “What it means to be a Lutheran Institution in Higher Education
* Sergia Hay, Pacific Lutheran University: Intro LHE at PLU
Small Group Discussion

Short Break

Orienting FAS to LHE

* Samuel Torvend, Pacific Lutheran University

Mid-morning or lunch break 9:30 | 11:30 | 12:30 PM
Return to Workshop 10:30 | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM

Incorporating FAS in LHE

Reading: Douglas Oakman, “Lutheran Higher Education and the Spirit of Intellectual Freedom,” Seminar in Lutheran Higher Education
* Jo Beld, St. Olaf College; The Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community; Engaging Colleagues with Lutheran Tradition through Collaborative Infusion
* Jason Mahn, Augustana College; Augustana’s Presidential Center for Faith and Learning
Conversation with presenters

What questions or concerns remain?

Large group discussion

Two resources to consider

* Mark Wilhelm and Jason Mahn
So That All May Flourish: The Aims of Lutheran Higher Education
Intersections: Faith, Learning, and Vocation in Lutheran Higher Education

Conclusion and Farewell