Well, it’s now semi-official (I met/interviewed with the dean of the business school, Bob Myers, who makes the decision, but the president officially sends the offer). I will be teaching Business Law at PBA starting in January as an adjunct professor. I am very excited, to say the least, especially after finding out what the school wants the students to get from the course. I’m pretty confident this is a God-engineered direction. A few high points in my mind:
- The thing the dean was most concerned with was how I planned on integrating a Theistic Christian worldview into the learning process. For example, I am specifically required to deal with things like “what constitutes success”, “social responsibility”, “conflict resolution” and the like from a Christian viewpoint and not just teach the legal playing field in a business context. The very thing I want to do–point to Jesus in an assumed secular field. Awesome.
- I am strongly encouraged to have fun, go crazy, experiment–if it works, great; if not, try again.
- I get to communicate with college students, at least some of which really want to talk about Jesus and how to follow him in their careers and elsewhere. I could really mention this one twice it’s so good.
- It’s a 3000 level (junior-level) required course. They fully anticipate not everyone will pass; they expect the course to be rigorous. I don’t revel the idea of failing anyone, but it helps me to know that they (my dean, etc.) expect it to be hard, and accept the consequences of that. I get to structure the course however I want, so long as certain topics get covered. I’m thinking of what books to assign outside of the text. It might be The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright.
- Assignments, etc., can be given and posted electronically through “e-college.” Will learn more about this, but not dealing with paper always excites me.
I could go on, but you get the idea. I’m excited, and humbled. It’s a privilege.