Over fall break, three Grove City College faculty members had the opportunity to present papers and moderate discussions at the Annual Conference of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.
The convention brought together hundreds of Christian faculty from across the country. CBFA’s mission is to foster the “study, integration, teaching, and application of Biblical truths” in education and the business community at large. This year’s theme focused on questions surrounding the future of business education.
Dr. Michelle McFeaters, accounting professor, moderated sessions on research surrounding “Business as Mission” practitioners and consumerism.
“Networking and sharing best practices was the best part of what I took away from the weekend,” McFeaters said. “[I appreciated] hearing ideas from my colleagues about bringing accounting concepts to life [for their students] with cases, real world examples and role playing.”
Dr. Wayne Biddle, business professor, presented his research surrounding the impact of job embeddedness, satisfaction and search on faculty retention at Christian colleges.
Like McFeaters, he found the conference to be “a great experience to network with other Christian business faculty and to see their passion for integrating their faith with Business for the purpose of preparing future business leaders.”
Dr. Scott Powell, marketing professor, presented a paper entitled: “Materialism and the Purchase of Christian Products among Students at Christian Colleges.” His research examined what purchases of books, music, T-shirts, jewelry and other items with religious messages or symbols reveal about consumers. Powell’s work earned him a Best Paper – Faith Integration award, one of three given at the conference.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Powell said: “It is very meaningful to me because integration of faith and business is the bedrock of all my teaching."