Faculty and Staff Conference

Each year, the EMU fall faculty-staff conference seeks to cultivate community among faculty and staff by welcoming new employees and providing space to reconnect with colleagues after the summer break. We seek to energize ourselves for a new academic year through worship, storytelling, plenary and breakout sessions, conversation and fellowship.

The 2018 EMU fall conference seeks to cultivate community among faculty and staff by welcoming new employees and providing space to reconnect with colleagues across the various university departments and divisions.  We seek to energize ourselves for a new academic year through worship, storytelling, plenary and breakout sessions, conversation and fellowship. This year’s conference, “Being or Becoming a Third Way University,” will explore the first paragraph of our strategic plan: “By ‘third way’, we refer to an explicitly Christian university that engages the full diversity of human experience and identity, facilitating progress and social change in addressing the most pressing problems in our world.”  What does it mean to offer a “third way” in the context of contemporary higher education?  What does it mean for how we live and work together in this particular community of learning?  How are our “third way” ideas and practices rooted in Anabaptist Mennonite history and experience? This year, Felipe Hinojosa will assist us in exploring these questions in two plenary sessions.  A variety of workshop offerings will also provide opportunities for each of us to engage the theme in topics relevant to our life and work together.

Previous Conference Podcasts

2018 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: "Being or Becoming a Third Way University"
Dr. Felipe Hinojosa, plenary speaker

2017 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference
Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, plenary speaker

2016 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: "Embracing Diversity"
Dr. Christena Cleveland, plenary speaker
Session I
Session II

2015 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference
Storytelling: Jennifer North Bauman, Michael King, and Laura Yoder

2014 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Serving and Leading.”
John Stahl-Wert, plenary speaker.
Storytelling: Linda Gnagey, Ann Hershberger, Jason Lewkowicz, Lynn Veurink, and Dee Weikle.

2013 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Serving with Compassion.”
Leonard Dow, plenary speaker.
Storytelling: Tara Kishbaugh, Galen Lehman, and Andrea Wenger.

2012 Faculty/Staff Fall Conference: “Creativity in the University.”
Ted Swartz, plenary speaker.

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