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Intersections: Called and Empowered (and Assessed)

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April 29, 2022

Intersections, Number 54, Fall 2021

Intersections is a publication by and largely for the academic communities of the twenty-seven institutions that comprise the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU). Each issue reflects on the intersection of faith, learning, and teaching within Lutheran higher education. It is published by the NECU, and has its home in the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, the institutional sponsor of the publication. Intersections extends and enhances discussions fostered by the annual Vocation of the Lutheran College Conference, together lifting up the vocation of Lutheran colleges and universities. It aims to raise the level of awareness among faculty, staff, and administration about the Lutheran heritage and church-relatedness of their institutions, especially as these intersect with contemporary challenges, opportunities, and initiatives.

In compelling and inspiring ways, each essay invites educators to the work of caring for students so that they can care for others, and appropriately troubles easy understandings of service, love, and the common good.


Preview essays in this issue with the individual links below:

From the Publisher Mark Wilhelm

Building a Developmental Framework for Vocational Reflection at Thiel College
Brian Riddle, Liza Ann Schaef, and Greg Q. Butcher

Assessing Self-Assessment Instruments at Finlandia University
René Johnson

Pivoting to Imaginative Programming in the Midst of the Pandemic at Bethany College
Arminta Fox

Reshaping Teacher Education through Anti-Racist Curricula at Roanoke College
Lisa G. Stoneman, Jennifer S. McCloud, and Karin Kaerwer

Serving and Building Community at Concordia College
Larry Papenfuss

Sharing the Gift of Vocation at (and beyond) Augsburg University
Paul C. Pribbenow

Assessing the Value of Liberal Arts: A Review of The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs, by Richard A. Detweiler
Robert D. Haak

From the Outgoing Editor Jason Mahn

From the Incoming Editor Colleen Windham-Hughes

Please direct responses to or ideas for Intersections to Colleen Windham-Hughes, editor ( or to
editorial board: Marcia Bunge, Gustavus Adolphus College; Krista Hughes, Newberry College; Mindy Makant, Lenoir-Rhyne University; Caryn Riswold, Wartburg College; Martha Stortz, Augsburg University (emeritas); Deanna Thompson, St. Olaf College; and Marit Trelstad, Pacific Lutheran University.

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