SHC Awarded NetVUE Grant
Spring Hill College has been awarded $50,000 by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.
Dr. Christopher Dodsworth, SHC associate professor and department chair of philosophy, applied for the grant on behalf of SHC. The funds will be used to develop and expand existing campus programs that focus on student’s intellectual and theological exploration of vocation.
The NetVUE grant will enable Spring Hill College both to deepen and extend work currently being done to help first year students begin the process of vocational discernment from the first day of their college experience. The funds will ensure professional development for LEAP faculty through an intensive summer seminar on both the theoretical and practical aspects of mentoring for vocation. In addition, the grant will support the revision of classes linked to the LEAP lab to include vocational material as part of the course content.
“I am very excited about the opportunities made possible by this grant,” says Dr. Dodsworth. “As faculty, we are highly trained in our own disciplines, and we readily help students who major in our disciplines. However, few of us have been taught how to help students through the discernment process that helps them to find their interests and strengths, choose a major, and explore career possibilities. This grant will give all of our LEAP faculty that training, which means it will make a difference to every incoming student next year.”
Spring Hill College became a member of NetVUE earlier this year. The NetVUE initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous supported from Lilly Endowment Inc. and members' dues.