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Lawrence University (Lawrence), a nationally recognized liberal arts college with a conservatory of music, seeks to add to the recently established office of Spiritual and Religious Life, which is designed to enhance the transformative experience that a Lawrence education provides by reinforcing a welcoming and supportive community environment for spiritual and religious exploration and expression. The Associate Dean will have the exciting and enviable task of helping to build this critical program at a time when Lawrence has recommitted its efforts to develop a campus community where all can thrive.
The Associate Dean will join Lawrence at a propitious moment in its history. Mark Burstein, formerly the executive vice president at Princeton University, became the 16th president of Lawrence University on July 1, 2013. President Burstein arrived with an ambitious agenda of elevating Lawrence to even greater levels of excellence and distinction.
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University traces its history to the early days of the unique American liberal arts tradition of educating students to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, able communicators, and involved citizens. Distinct among its liberal arts peers as one of the first in the country to be founded co-educational, Lawrence continues to be deeply committed to diversity and to enriching the student experience through combining its academically rigorous liberal arts and science education with a nationally recognized conservatory of music.
Lawrence takes pride in its tradition of excellence. It offers its 1500 students a quality of education that stands out among its peers. The combination of the College (roughly 75% of the student body) and the Conservatory of Music (roughly 25%) ensures that students benefit from rigorous academics and quality arts education with an emphasis on engaged learning. A student-faculty ratio of 9:1—among the nation’s most intimate—provides each student with the personal attention required for individual growth. Small class size and four-year residential requirement create a close-knit community where Lawrence’s diverse student body, representing 44 states and over 40 foreign nations, creates an environment of mutual discovery and enrichment.
Lawrence believes in the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, the cultivation of sound judgment, and respect for the perspectives of others. Lawrence prepares students for lives of achievement, responsible and meaningful citizenship, lifelong learning, and personal fulfillment. A Lawrence education emphasizes individualized learning, supported by an environment of rich educational opportunities in a vibrant, safe and healthful residential campus setting. Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life
Lawrence leadership identified a need for support to students, faculty, and staff in the area of spirituality and religion and for fostering awareness of the role that faith can play in understanding one's whole self. The articulation of the need inspired a gift from a deeply devoted alumnus, Tom Hurvis, to create the Dean position to honor his wife’s life and faith. The Hurvis gift endowed a position and its related programming in perpetuity and also supported a new campus spiritual and religious center.
The Reverend Dr. Linda Morgan-Clement arrived as the Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious life in fall of 2016. Under her leadership and guidance, the new Center for Spiritual and Religious Life has been created, faith-based student organizations are being strengthened and new groups are forming, a suite of services and programs have been established, pastoral care opportunities and services are being offered, and networks of partnership are developing across campus and with the community.
In recognition of the need for additional resources to enhance the capacity of this office to engage the Lawrence community, Tom Hurvis has challenged the University with a generous five-year gift to hire an Associate Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life to continue the work that has been established as well as bring additional energy, spiritual depth, and human capacity to the office so that the Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life may engage with more members of the campus and create a program to engage sophomore students in contemplation and ethical reflection aimed at composing thoughtful and meaningful lives.