Call for Nominations

The Institute for Leadership and Service is soliciting nominations from all faculty and staff for the inaugural Virtues of Vocation Faculty award. Up to three cash-prize awards of  $1000 each will be granted to Valpo faculty members whose work exemplifies the virtues of vocation in their scholarship and mentorship at the University. 

This year’s award is framed around the following questions: What sort of people are we to be in these uncertain times? This past year forced many of us to rethink what matters most—both for our personal lives and our professional futures. A pandemic sent many of us home for months. Family members were suddenly jobless or furloughed. Emerging social protest movements drew our attention to systemic injustices and political divisions that threaten the order of our society. In anxious times, we might want to ask: What really matters? What sort of person should I be, in order to provide justice to my neighbor? What sorts of loves should I cultivate, even when everything seems uncertain and unstable? What am I called to do, personally and professionally, when things beyond my control have placed a giant question mark on so many things that used to be assumed?


  • Only full-time Valpo faculty are eligible for nomination
  • All Valpo faculty and staff may submit nominations 
  • No self-nominations are permitted


We recognize that everyone comes from a different mindset concerning vocation or calling. The nomination should address how a faculty member’s scholarship and mentorship reflects the themes of calling, character, and leading lives that matter in these uncertain times. 

To help nominators find a common understanding of vocation/calling, please consider these resources:

  1. The university’s mission statement
  2. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar’s “Ecumenical and Interfaith Understandings of Vocation” 
  3. Howard Thurman’s “The Sound of the Genuine”
  4. Kedron Bardwell’s “Questions for Vocational Reflection”

Please submit your nomination, via email to Aaron Morrison, Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership and Service at no later than April 1, 2021, 5:00 p.m. 

Formatting: The nomination is to include your name, your Valpo I.D. #, a current mailing address, Valpo email address and telephone number. 

The nomination must follow these guidelines: A minimum word count of 100; the page(s) should be numbered; double-spaced with 1” margins, 12 pt. Calibri or Times New Roman font, and submitted in .docx or .pdf format. 

Finalist stage: After nominations have been received, ILAS will inform nominees, who will be asked to submit a statement of 250-500 words on the following question: “What sorts of virtues do you aim to embody in your academic vocation?” This statement should also indicate some indication of engagement with the nomination questions above. This statement is to be submitted via email to Aaron Morrison, Assistant Director, Institute for Leadership and Service, by April 15th, 2021, at 5:00pm.

A committee of Valpo faculty and staff will judge the finalists and award the prizes. 

All winners will be notified by their Valpo email.  The winning nominations will also be announced via the institute’s social media accounts and featured on the Institute for Leadership and Services’ web page. 

For additional information or questions, contact Aaron Morrison at or 219.464.6914.