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A Student's Search for Meaning: Reflections on the Intersections of College Chaplaincy, Liberal Arts and the University

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Title: A Student's Search for Meaning
Subtitle: Reflections on the Intersections of College Chaplaincy, Liberal Arts and the University
Subject Classification: Religion and Faith, Education, Humanities
BIC Classification: HR, JNM, H
BISAC Classification: REL077000, EDU001030, EDU029050
Binding: Hardback, pp.(to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: March 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-121-6
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-122-3

Price: £79.99

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Description

This edited volume brings together reflections on how students pursue the search for meaning and purpose in the context of higher education. It offers perspectives from humanities professors, college chaplains of multiple faiths, and observers of the changing shape of the American university as each considers the needs and expectations of today’s students.

The collection address three key lines of inquiry: what the student search for meaning looks like in the context of higher education;  how do presenters understand the dimensions of the search for meaning itself; and how do (or don’t) humanities faculty and religious life leaders talk to each other around the common student concerns addressed in both course work and the extracurricular world of religious life programs?

Together, the conversation suggests that students pursue a search for meaning in the context of university life and the academic curriculum, but the particular dimensions of this search are yet undefined. This is often a contested pursuit because it conflicts with the other purposes of the university which some see as primary.

A key audience for this book is university administrators who work in the field of chaplaincy and faith-based programming, as well as department chairs and faculty in the liberal arts who are directly involved in building humanities curriculum.

Biography

Editors: Melissa Carter is the Senior Director for the Center for Global Spiritual Life; Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for the New York University Division of Student Affairs; Adjunct Professor in the Silver School of Social Work; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, and a doctoral candidate in the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development program in Higher Education Administration, with a focus on Chaplaincy and Campus Religious Life.

James Fraser is Professor of History and Education, Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, USA.

Chelsea Garbell is the Associate Director of the Center for Global Spiritual Life; Adjunct Lecturer in the Silver School of Social Work; and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. 

Amy Wilson is a doctoral candidate in the History of Education at New York University, and an adjunct instructor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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