Pre-Conference “Homework”

If you plan to attend the pre-conference session on October 3rd (and we hope that you do!) our speaker has asked that you do a little bit of homework in advance so that you can get the most out of the session.

From Jim Hayes:

Why do you do what you do?  Are you satisfied with your work?  Does what you do matter? Finding your rhythm isn’t an accident.  It takes work to explore our personal and communal calling. This workshop will provide space to revisit how and why we became involved in higher education, along with exercises and conversation to explore how we can keep that original fire burning throughout our career.


View this video by Scott Dinsmore:


Preflexion Questions:


  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  2. What was the most interesting class you ever had? Why?
  3. When you walk into a bookstore, which section do you go to first?
  4. You have a scholarship to go anywhere in the world to study for three weeks.  Where would you go? What would you study?
  5. What are you most proud of in the past year?
  6. If there were a newspaper headline describing this past year for you, what would it say?
  7. What new and interesting people did you meet
  8. Whose job would you most like to have?
  9. How would that job make you a better person?
  10. How would that job make the world a better place?


Also, please bring a notebook to the session to keep some notes for yourself and future reflection.

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