21 episodes

The Purposeful Work Podcast is all about how to create a work-life that leverages your gifts and syncs with what matters most to you in life as a whole. The podcast explores questions about meaning in life; positive impact; the faith/work intersection; getting the most out of your strengths and forging a career that aligns with your sense of calling. Guests include the world’s leading academic scholars on meaning and purpose in work and life; top career counselors, coaches, and career center directors; organizational leaders working hard to create work environments that promote a deep sense of purpose; and everyday people finding ways to embody purposeful work in whatever they do. The host, Bryan Dik, Ph.D., is an award-winning vocational psychologist, professor, and entrepreneur. His latest book is Redeeming Work (https://amzn.to/2Kc1Tb0)

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

The Purposeful Work Podcast is all about how to create a work-life that leverages your gifts and syncs with what matters most to you in life as a whole. The podcast explores questions about meaning in life; positive impact; the faith/work intersection; getting the most out of your strengths and forging a career that aligns with your sense of calling. Guests include the world’s leading academic scholars on meaning and purpose in work and life; top career counselors, coaches, and career center directors; organizational leaders working hard to create work environments that promote a deep sense of purpose; and everyday people finding ways to embody purposeful work in whatever they do. The host, Bryan Dik, Ph.D., is an award-winning vocational psychologist, professor, and entrepreneur. His latest book is Redeeming Work (https://amzn.to/2Kc1Tb0)

    4.1 Introduction to NetVUE: An Interview with David Cunningham, PhD, Director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

    4.1 Introduction to NetVUE: An Interview with David Cunningham, PhD, Director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

    The Purposeful Work Podcast is back with a brand new season! Are you interested in building a deeper understanding of concepts like calling, vocation, purpose, and meaning as they apply to your learning and your work? Of course, you are. We’re going to build that deeper understanding in this season of the podcast by spending time with experts from NetVUE—that is, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. NetVUE is a nationwide network of 272 colleges and universities formed “to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students.” The initiative is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges with funding support from the Lilly Endowment, and from dues collected from member institutions. We are privileged to kick off this season with a very special guest, the director of NetVUE, Dr. David Cunningham.

    Learn more about NetVUE (https://www.cic.edu/programs/netvue)
    Support the show (http://pathwayu.com)

    • 48 min
    4.2 NetVUE: An Interview with Shirley Roels, PhD, Inaugural Director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

    4.2 NetVUE: An Interview with Shirley Roels, PhD, Inaugural Director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education

    This episode of the Purposeful Work Podcast is our second in a series on NetVUE, the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, an initiative supported the Council for Independent Colleges with financial support from the Lilly Endowment. This episode features Dr. Shirley Roels, the inaugural director of NetVUE and leader of the network for its first 8 years. We’ll learn a little about NetVUE’s history and growth, its challenges and opportunities, and about Dr. Roel’s own vocational journey. Currently, Dr. Roels leads the International Network for Christian Higher Education, serving as its executive director.

    Learn more about NetVUE (https://www.cic.edu/programs/netvue)
    Support the show (http://pathwayu.com)

    • 25 min
    4.3 NetVUE: An Interview with Tim Clydesdale, PhD, author of The Purposeful Graduate and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at The College of New Jersey

    4.3 NetVUE: An Interview with Tim Clydesdale, PhD, author of The Purposeful Graduate and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at The College of New Jersey

    In this episode, our third in a series on NetVUE, our guest is Dr. Tim Clydesdale, sociologist and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at The College of New Jersey. NetVUE grew out of an 8-year project in which 88 colleges and universities across the United States developed programs designed to foster a sense of purpose, calling, and vocation in the lives of their students. Tim led a massive, multi-year, mixed-method study of 26 of those campuses. His team interviewed hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and surveyed thousands more. Their results were summarized in the book The Purposeful Graduate. We’ll dig into those results in today’s episode, and explore what they mean for educators and institutions interested in promoting purposeful work and a sense of calling and vocation within higher education.

    Learn more about NetVUE (https://www.cic.edu/programs/netvue)
    Support the show (http://pathwayu.com)

    • 24 min
    4.4 NetVUE: An Interview with Jason Mahn, PhD, Inaugural Director of the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning at Augustana College

    4.4 NetVUE: An Interview with Jason Mahn, PhD, Inaugural Director of the Presidential Center for Faith and Learning at Augustana College

     Dr. Jason Mahn, a PhD scholar, religion professor, and a Chair of the Humanities Department at Augustana College joins us for a discussion on Lutheran understandings of vocation and how that impacts and is applied to today’s world of work. Discover his findings from his latest book Neighbor Love through Fearful Days: Finding Purpose and Meaning in a Time of Crisis in our most recent podcast.
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    • 34 min
    4.5 NetVUE: An Interview with Erin VanLaningham, PhD, Director of the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project; and Hannah Schell, PhD, NetVUE Online Community Coordinator

    4.5 NetVUE: An Interview with Erin VanLaningham, PhD, Director of the NetVUE Scholarly Resources Project; and Hannah Schell, PhD, NetVUE Online Community Coordinator

    We’re five episodes deep into our look at NetVUE (the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) in this season of the Purposeful Work Podcast, and this episode is a treat. In it, we hear from two NetVUE leaders about some incredible resources the network generates and maintains—one focused on producing scholarly resources and the other on connecting like-minded educators and scholars interested in issues related to calling, vocation, and purpose. Dr. Erin VanLaningham is a professor of English at Loras College and Director of NetVUE’s Scholarly Resources Project.  Erin has won teaching awards at Loras College and directed the honors program there; her own research explores the intersection between art and literature, and she is co-editor with Stephanie Johnson of the new book Cultivating Vocation in Literary Studies, published by Edinburgh University Press.  Hannah Schell is the NetVUE’s online community coordinator. She previously served as professor of philosophy and religious studies at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, where she won the Hatch Award for Distinguished Scholarship. Hannah is author of the essay “Commitment and Community: The Virtue of Loyalty and Vocational Discernment,” which appeared in the NetVUE volume At this Time and In this Place. These days, she also edits the Vocation Matters blog which you can find at vocationmatters.org.
    Support the show (http://pathwayu.com)

    • 55 min
    3.1 Racism, Faith, and Career Development: An interview with TaRita Johnson, MSW.

    3.1 Racism, Faith, and Career Development: An interview with TaRita Johnson, MSW.

    The protests spurred on by the deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, have turned everyone’s attention to the serious racism pandemic in the U.S. and beyond.  In the career development world, we’ve known for a long time about systemic biases and oppression that harm racial and ethnic minorities in general and Black Americans in particular, but change has been slow and profound problems seem entrenched.  What are some things that those of us working in career development can do differently (or better) to support students or clients who are people of color?  How can we work on a broader structural level to ensure that purposeful work is not only for the privileged few, but can be experienced by everyone?  And how can people of faith, specifically, contribute? In this episode we welcome TaRita Johnson, MSW, director of the Career Center at Calvin University, to discuss racism, structural oppression, justice, and hope for a renewed world.
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    • 42 min

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