Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education
October 2005, Jossey-Bass
Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education includes a rich array of examples to guide the integration of authenticity and spirituality in curriculum, student affairs, community partnerships, assessment, and policy issues. Many of these illustrative examples represent specific policies and programs that have successfully been put in place at diverse institutions across the country. In addition, the authors cover the theoretical, historical, and social perspectives on religion and higher education and examine the implications for practice. They include the results of recent court cases that deal with church-state issues and offer recommendations that pose no legal barrier to implementation.
Part One: Framing Perspectives.
1 Our Orientation (Arthur W. Chickering).
2 The Dynamics of Spirituality and the Religious Experience (Liesa Stamm).
3 The Influence of Religion and Spirituality in Shaping American Higher Education (Liesa Stamm).
Part Two: Institutional Amplification.
4 Policy Issues: Legislative and Institutional (Arthur W. Chickering).
5 Curricular Content and Powerful Pedagogy (Arthur W. Chickering).
6 The Place of Spirituality in the Mission and Work of College Student Affairs (Jon C. Dalton).
7 Integrating Spirit and Community in Higher Education (Jon C. Dalton).
Part Three: Getting There from Here.
8 Planned Change and Professional Development (Arthur W. Chickering).
9 Assessing Ineffable Outcomes (Arthur W. Chickering, with Marcia Mentkowski).
10 Leadership for Recovering Spirit (Liesa Stamm).
11 Principles and Practices for Strengthening Moral and Spiritual Growth in College (Jon C. Dalton).
Appendix A: University of Missouri-Columbia Policy Statement.
Appendix B: Illustrative Course Syllabi.
Appendix C: Rutgers Evaluation and Dissemination Plans.
Appendix D: Teacher Formation Evaluation Results.
Appendix E: Inventory for Assessing the Moral and Spiritual Growth Initiatives of Colleges and Universities (Jon C. Dalton).
Jon C. Dalton is associate professor in educational leadership and policy studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Liesa Stamm is a senior associate at Rutgers University Center for Children and Childhood Studies. She serves as a research and planning consultant for projects in Camden, New Jersey and for international service learning.
--Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak, and A Hidden Wholeness
"This book provides important pathways into the
reconsideration of the purposes and practices of higher education,
illuminates the landscape, and will inspire the ongoing renewal of
a conversation that lies at the heart of the professoriate."
--Sharon Daloz Parks, author, Big Questions, WorthyDreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith
"What colleges and universities provide in terms of
intellectual, cultural, and physical resources has little lasting
value unless students integrate what they experience in meaningful,
personally relevant ways. This timely, much-needed volume from
three consummate educators who’ve traveled this territory is
a powerful reminder of why we are here in the first place. They
write as they live–with powerful conviction and purpose
– and cause us to rethink what we do and why we do it."
--George D. Kuh, coauthor, Student Success in College
"We should all welcome this comprehensive exploration of the
meaning and purpose underlying the education of our
--Graham Spanier, president, Pennsylvania State University
"Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher
Education is a thorough and insightful book on spirituality and
education that provides a rare blend of research, theoretical
scope, and application. Careful to make the distinction between
religion and spirituality that includes religious and nonreligious
paths to meanings, Encouraging Authenticity argues for the
urgency of educating the whole student without indoctrination and
through the enhancement of existing academic values and
--Larry D. Shinn, president, Berea College