National Meeting of ACSD Brings 800 to Taylor Campus

Published: Jun 04, 2012

The national meeting of the Association for Christians in Students Development (ACSD) began today on the Taylor University campus. Organizers say nearly 800 student development professionals from across the United States and Canada were expected with some conferees coming from as far away as Lithuania.

ACSD is comprised of nearly 1,000 members from almost 200 faith-based, private and public colleges and universities. The ACSD members perform tasks on their respective campuses that include: resident directors, counselors, career directors, campus safety officers, diversity officers, activity directors, graduate faculty in higher education, deans and vice presidents

According to Dr. Tim Herrmann, ACSD was formed on the Taylor University campus in 1980 during a summer conference similar to the one taking place this week. The conference includes several keynote speakers from the world of Christ-centered higher learning and more than 100 breakout sessions.

“These professionals are coming from jobs that are very difficult and by the time they get to the month of June they are ready for a time of refreshment – both professionally and in their spirits,” said Herrmann.

It marks the third time Taylor has hosted the ACSD national meeting. Additionally, Taylor University hosts the archive for two ACSD publications: Growth Journal and Koinonia.

Keynote speakers include Drs. James Davison Hunter, Gwen Dungy and John Stackhouse, along with pastor, author and speaker Skye Jethani. Hunter is the Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He has authored seven books, the most recent book being To Change the World.

Dungy is director emeritus of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education – an organization she served as executive director from 1995 until 2012. She has worked in higher education for more than 40 years and is the author of numerous articles in books, journals and magazines.

Stackhouse holds the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of seven books, editor of four more, and author of more than 500 articles, book chapters and reviews. His work has been featured on ABC, NBC, PBS, CBC, CTV, and Global TV networks, as well as in print media as diverse as The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, Times Literary Supplement, Time, and Reader's Digest. Stackhouse has lectured at some of the world’s most recognized universities: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Edinburgh and Fudan.

Jethani is an ordained pastor, author, editor and speaker. He serves as the senior editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today International. His latest book, With: Reimagining The Way You Relate to God was released in August of 2011.