A Place to Belong

At Andrews University, we are committed to pedagogical excellence but also to inclusivity and community. You, the faculty, are at the core of this community, and Faculty Institute has become a rich Andrews tradition.

The theme for this year's Faculty Institute is Living the Engaged Life: Andrews University—A Place to Belong (Galatians 3:28–29). Excellence depends not just on academics but on building a community where everyone feels welcome and where differences are not only accepted but celebrated.

Thank you for coming together to engage in this professional development opportunity and for all you do to make Andrews University a thriving, Christ-centered community.


Thursday, August 16
8–8:45 a.m.
Newbold Auditorium
Thursday Worship
Departments of Music and English
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: “An Andrews Education: What Matters Most?”
It has been argued that a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education deserves to exist only when it is both Christian and Adventist. Furthermore, any Adventist institution that is not distinctly Adventist may be seen as a redundancy and thus unnecessary in today’s educational landscape. With the perceived diminishing support for Adventist education, there might be a need to make the case for the unique value of an Adventist education in general and an Andrews education in particular.
  George Knight is a retired professor who lives in Rogue River, Oregon. He has taught both philosophy of education and church history at Andrews University for 30 years. He has authored and edited almost 90 books. His major titles related to education include “Early Adventist Educators” (1983), “Philosophy of Education: An Introduction to Christian Perspectives” (4th ed., 2006), “Issues and Alternatives in Educational Philosophy” (4th ed., 2008), “Myths in Adventism” (1985, 2009) and “Educating for Eternity: A Seventh-day Adventist Philosophy of Education” (2016).
10 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)
2–4:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30–5:30 p.m. State of the University Address
Friday, August 17
8–8:45 a.m.
Newbold Auditorium
Friday Worship
Deliverance Mass Choir
8:45–9:45 a.m. Plenary: “Diversity and Inclusion: Exploring the Richness of Our Diversity in Ways that Allow Every Student to Thrive”
Andrews University touts its national standing and recognition as a university known for its domestic and international diversity. It has students from over 80 countries and from every state within the Union. It is known for its diversity, but should it also be known for its inclusion? Is it a place where “white” is normal and everything else is “ethnic"? Does its curricula reflect its diversity? What practices would help ensure that every student and employee feels at home and can call Andrews University their home? These and other questions will be grappled with during this presentation.
Michael Nixon became the first vice president for Diversity & Inclusion at Andrews University on August 1, 2017. He is an Andrews University alumnus and earned his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Michael has had to face challenging decisions on his faith commitment. In making his choices, Michael’s passion for his faith has deepened as has his understanding and commitment to equity and inclusion. He has shown unequivocally that when it comes to faith and career, faith must come first. And when he has chosen where to “walk,” it has been to walk alongside the disadvantaged, stand with the marginalized and give voice to the voiceless rather than to walk where he might find visible personal success.
10 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Registration is closed. We look forward to seeing you for the events.