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date: 17 February 2020

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To sustain campus communities where the life of the mind and the life of the heart are mutually celebrated and supported, we must reconsider habitual perspectives and practices. Within higher education, the spiritual and religious inclinations of faculty have implications for how faculty make meaning of their work as well as for how they engage with colleagues and students. This chapter summarizes what we know about the spiritual/religious connections in faculty members’ lives. It examines how faculty members conceptualize and experience the spiritual dimension of their lives, how they perceive the intersections between spirituality and higher education, and what implications their inclinations have for undergraduate education and for faculty life within academic workplaces. It also addresses why this dimension of their lives is important to consider within the context of academic workplaces and undergraduate education. Associated implications for research and institutional practice are also discussed.

Keywords: faculty, spirituality, religion, college students, higher education, meaning, purpose

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