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How I Became a Professor

I am currently a professor at a Christian college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  Last week I attended a local workshop under the broad subject of teaching and advising.  The speaker (name supplied on request) spoke about vocation.  Vocation, at least in Lutheran circles, deals with a calling into service.  This service could be in the secular world.

As I recall it, she said that students struggle with how they relate to, and implement, the concept of vocation.  This makes sense, as students 18-22 have difficulty in choosing a major, let alone a post-graduation career path.  She also said that some students might find it helpful if professors were to share how they became academics.

So, today, I share how I became a professor.  Make what use of it as you will.

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