A Day (or Two) in the Life of a Research Center Director


8:00: Dropped off at LCC by my family on their way to school. Begin the process of unbundling winter clothing.

8:10: Make coffee.

8:20: Retreat to my office. Both of my part-time officemates will be in today, but not until later. I work on some emails and administrative tasks.

9:00: Conversation on WhatsApp with a former student living in Spain about many important things in her life.

9:50: Write 300 words for a collaborative project: an essay for a handbook on workplace wellbeing, coauthored with a communication professor at a Catholic university in New Jersey, tentatively titled, “Meaningful Work and Human Flourishing: Lessons from the Judeo-Christian Tradition.” Laying out biblical theology for…business school professors and students?

10:30: Coffee break with faculty colleagues and a visitor to campus: a Ukrainian former MP and anti-corruption journalist. We discuss bribery, public choice, and the distinction between “law” and “legislation.”

10:50: Back to writing.

11:45: Lunch of rice over crockpot chicken stew. Unplanned discussion with a colleague about acquiring funding to bring visiting scholars to LCC for research partnerships.

12:15: Chapel service, including prayer time in small groups.

13:00: Wash lunch dishes!

13:05: Work on sermon for Sunday’s International Christian Fellowship communion service–Colossians 2:16–23.

14:00: A first-year student swings by to ask for resources for her class presentation on the book of Daniel. We chat for a half-hour about miracles, skepticism, worldview, the resurrection, and historical issues in the book of Daniel.

14:30: Graded papers for Hebrew Wisdom and Poetry, and read an article to prepare for next day’s class.

15:45: Spoke with the Dean about prospective research fellows and faculty members that I met in Denver the week prior.

16:00: Created a web page and advertising information for LCC’s upcoming academic conference in March.

16:30: Visited part of a talk by the aforementioned anti-corruption journalist.

16:50: Emails regarding the academic conference.

17:30: Head home!

Following dinner and cleaning the bathroom: Hosted men’s Bible study on Mark 6.

(And none of this includes actual teaching or thesis supervision that I did on Thursday, along with writing!)

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, transplanted to Pennsylvania...lived and taught in Eastern Europe for six years…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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