NetVUE Awards Grant To Lee

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
  • EllieAnn McDonald, Lee University
A group of Lee’s NetVUE grant participants meeting to discuss Lee’s history in one of seven planned seminar sessions this fall
A group of Lee’s NetVUE grant participants meeting to discuss Lee’s history in one of seven planned seminar sessions this fall

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education awarded Lee University a $12,000 grant as a Professional Development Award for the project “Renewing the Christian University.” 

“This grant was designed to reinforce Lee's mission and consistent attainment of our goals,” said Dr. Debbie Murray, provost. “The rich conversations should encourage colleagues and students to join in meaningful dialogues about the integration of faith and vocation. We believe that leadership development over a broader sector of the campus will also be a positive outcome of participation in this grant.” 

With the funding, Lee will conduct a seminar and retreat, inviting staff and faculty members to begin a new conversation on the vocation of a Christian university, particularly with regard to the liberal arts curriculum and the unique history of the institution. Participants will convene for bi-weekly discussions of relevant academic literature and to examine how the university’s understanding of vocation has changed over time. 

Two of seven seminar sessions scheduled for this fall have already taken place, during which participants discussed the earliest decades of Lee’s history. 

“We are very grateful for the support of NetVUE for this opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss vocation in light of a broader discussion of Lee's history and mission,” said Dr. Jared Wielfaert, project coordinator and associate professor of humanities. “Our hope is that the sessions will
frame conversations among friends and colleagues that can continue to play out casually in hallways and offices around campus.” 

NetVUE is a nationwide network of 300 colleges and universities formed to support and enrich vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students. A program of the Council of Independent Colleges, NetVUE is supported by the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc. and member dues. The CIC administers NetVUE with guidance from an advisory council comprising representatives from participating institutions. 

To learn more about NetVUE, visit

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