I am fascinated by vocation—my own, other people’s, and the very idea of a God who calls
frail human beings to be part of God’s mission in the world.
The most exciting thing about working with students is helping them reflect on their gifts and talents, developing their talents through the transformative power of a liberal arts education, and helping them discover how those gifts can be used in service. I love teaching, but I may enjoy the one-on-one of advising students even more. Now that I am an administrator, I also spend time thinking about how the gifts and talents of faculty can best be used and how they can continue to be developed.
Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, my family owned a small business, and I saw how my parents tried to connect faith and work. Along with my own struggles to discern a calling, I am sure that these experiences helped shape my teaching and research interests in vocation, business ethics, and workplace spirituality. My teachers at Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary also played a big role!
My favorite theologians include St. Augustine, Martin Luther, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King. I enjoy reading biographies of historical figures, the novels of Graham Greene, and the Dave Robicheaux novels of James Lee Burke.