Calvin College

CALVIN - Minds in the Making

Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity


First we thank the Teagle Foundation—a foundation deeply invested in both the liberal arts and in a specific place—for the support that made this work possible. We thank the faculty of Calvin College for their willingness to embrace place as a unifying and fruitful academic topic for countless conversations and initiatives over the past 18 months. The working group participants and the case study authors were lively and inspiring partners in this work. We found the same eagerness to participate among those who were interviewed and we thank faculty, students, alumni, and community leaders for their insightful perspectives and comments. We would also like to thank the staff of the Provost’s Office at Calvin College for their competence and administrative support since the project’s inception.  In particular, Dawn Crook has provided invaluable assistance on all stages of this project and always worked with a spirit of generosity and cheer.  Our student research assistants, Sylvia Harris and Melissa Rick, handled numerous details of the research including scheduling, interviewing and transcribing and their diligent work is much appreciated.  

Over the years, we have been grateful for the opportunity to reflect on place, and on our specific place, in the company of other liberal arts colleges and we trust that the work made possible by this grant will enrich the national conversation. This project has stretched our imagination and we hope the liveliness that we experienced will be contagious.