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Speaker and Schedule

Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 21

8am Registration/ continental breakfast Ken Olsen Loggia

9:00 Welcome & Introduction Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

10:00 Presidential Welcome Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

10:20 Plenary Lecture with Tim Clydesdale AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel
Campus Convocation

11:30 Workshop Sessions 1

Vocational Discernment, Career Development, and the Sophomore Initiative at Assumption (SOPHIA) Program


A Patchwork Quilt: Connecting Liberal Learning and Career Preparedness at Gordon College

1:10 Lunch & table groups Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

2:00 Workshop Sessions 2

Collaborating with the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council to Construct a Comparative Religions Course, Southern Vermont College

Blending Curriculum, Career and Mission: A Holistic Approach to Today’s Student and Tomorrow’s World, Fairfield University

3:30 Refreshments Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

3:45 Plenary Lecture with Tim Clydesdale Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

4:45 Table groups, Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

6:00 Dinner out

Saturday, March 22

8:15 Breakfast Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

9:30 Plenary Lecture with Tim Clydesdale Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

11:00 Refreshments

11:15 Team Debrief Discussions TBA

12:00 Final Gathering Ken Olsen, Chairman’s room

12:30 Adjourn


About our Speaker

Tim Clydesdale is professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey. A first-generation college graduate, he earned his baccalaureate degree at Wheaton College (IL). In 1994 he completed his PhD in sociology at Princeton University. After two years of teaching at Gordon College, Clydesdale joined The College of New Jersey, where he has served as department chair, faculty senator, and trustee representative, and currently serves as Professor of Sociology. He has been invited to speak about his research at more than 35 colleges, universities, and scholarly associations across the U.S. His research on the post-high school transition culminated in The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School (University of Chicago Press, 2007). A subsequent grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. supported research on the effectiveness of undergraduate initiatives with a vocational focus. Clydesdale’s book based on that research, Changing on Purpose: When Students and Professors Find Their Calling, will be published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press. Currently in process is a book on understanding the changing spirituality of emerging adults, and research on the first year after college graduation.

Tim Clydesdale