Two Centre professors chosen for project
DANVILLE, KY -- Two Centre College professors, Eric Mount and William "Beau" Weston, have been chosen to join a national project discussing the impact of the Christian faith on college teaching. They are among 31 faculty members selected for the project.
Participants will gather for a series of meetings Aug. 10-13 in Louisville and Danville. The conference, entitled "Consultation on the Vocation of the Presbyterian Teacher, 2000," is sponsored by the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) along with Centre College. The project was funded by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
Participants will respond to two papers, one on the Presbyterian tradition of teaching and the other on the topic of Presbyterian colleges and universities as institutions of teaching and learning. The participants will also share and discuss how their personal faith interacts with their teaching and scholarship. The consultation will focus on the concepts that teaching is a form of ministry and that many professors feel a sense of calling in their work.
Mount is a religion professor at Centre, while Weston teaches sociology. They typify the diverse disciplines of conference participants. Professors have been chosen from other fields including linguistics, history, mathematics and physics. Participants will consider the challenge of integrating faith into varied academic disciplines and all aspects of individual and community life.
Conference planners hope to spark an on-going conversation about faith and teaching by establishing a Presbyterian Academy of Scholars and Teachers. The conference proceedings will be published.
Mount has taught at Centre for 34 years and has been a community leader in dealing with social issues including civil rights, race relations and medical ethics. He is the author of three books, including Conscience and Responsibility.
Weston has taught at Centre for 10 years. He is active in the Presbyterian
Church and is the author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a
Protestant House. He also has pursued research on issues in family
life and trends in church membership.
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