Special Topic: Cultivating Virtue in Christian Higher Education (Fall 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Julie Ooms / Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning (Missouri Baptist University)
contact email: 

Intégrité (pronounced IN tay gri tay) is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Faith & Learning Committee and the Humanities Division of Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO. The journal is published both online (http://www.mobap.edu/integrite) and in print copy.

Intégrité welcomes essays for a special issue (Fall 2020) on “Cultivating Virtue in Christian Higher Education.”

As Christian colleges and universities struggle to recruit and retain students in a changing and challenging higher education landscape, they can be tempted to adopt a view of higher education focused on job skills training and assessment rather than the cultivation of students’ minds and hearts.

This special issue welcomes essays that contend with this reality and explore ways in which faculty and students can develop instruction, select texts, read texts, and assess learning, all with the purpose of guiding students in the cultivation of virtue.   

Some possible approaches and examples include:

  • Virtue cultivation as the / one purpose of Christian higher education
  • Virtue cultivation as resistance to the reduction of learning to skill development or job training
  • Virtue cultivation and social justice; i.e., how cultivating virtue might lead students and teachers to act(ivism) in the world outside the classroom
  • Virtue cultivation in literature / literary texts that encourage students and teachers in the cultivation of particular virtues
  • Virtue cultivation in seemingly unlikely disciplines, such as the sciences, mathematics, or business courses
  • Pedagogical practices that encourage students to cultivate virtue

For this issue, the journal also welcomes reviews of scholarly books published since 2010 that explore topics related to Christianity, literature, and pedagogy.

250-word proposals may be submitted until February 15, 2020.

Accepted essays and book reviews are due no later than June 15, 2020. 

Essays should be 15-25 pages in length, and book reviews should be 4-6 pages. For citation style, refer to the current edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Articles should include in-text citations in parentheses, a list of endnotes (if applicable), and an alphabetical listing of works cited at the end.  Please send submissions as Word attachments.


Julie Ooms, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Missouri Baptist University

St. Louis, MO 63141