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Center for Vocational Reflection


The Augustana College Center for Vocational Reflection helps students recognize who they are called to be. Vocation/calling is realized when one's skills, gifts, and talents combine with one's passions to meet the needs of the community. The Center works to create times, spaces, and resources for the Augustana community to actively discern and pursue their calling.

What do we do?

Our students are interested in leading lives that matter! The Center for Vocational Reflection offers a variety of programming that engages students and the larger campus community in vocational exploration and discernment. In other words, we engage in conversations and activities around questions like “What is my life’s purpose? Who am I called to be? What do my communities need from me? How do I participate in making the world more just?”

Programming includes: one on one counseling to help students discern their calling, volunteer opportunities to experience one’s interests and gifts in action, first- year and campus-wide volunteer events throughout the year, paid servant-leader internships to explore one’s vocation in context, fireside chats in which faculty share their stories, big idea grants for students with unique ideas that can make a BIG difference in the community, the Micah House residential intentional community, academic offerings to explore vocation historically and personally, creating Royal Neighbors chapters committed to community engagement, and seminary visits for students considering ministry as a vocation. The CVR also leads faculty conversations and initiatives for the integration of vocational reflection across all disciplines at Augustana.

Learn more

Volunteer Opportunities
Servant Leader Internship Grants
Micah House
Royal Neighbors

Student Feedback

Kelly Farina, Class of 2014:

"What is great about the CVR is that it gives students the opportunity to reflect on who they are as a person and what they hope to achieve out of life outside of the classroom. Having the ability to discuss what I like and dislike on a detailed level gave me the chance to better understand who I am as a person which meant the world to me.”

Grace Koleczek, Class of 2013:

"Your vocation is your truest self, the unique person that God created you to be to fill some need in the world.”


In December 2002, Augustana College received a $2-million grant as part of the third and final round of the Program for Theological Exploration of Vocation, funded by the Lilly Endowment. With this grant, Augustana joined the ranks of 88 schools across the country who integrate vocational reflection into the life of their college, thanks to Lilly funding. (more)

Contact us

Sorensen Hall, first floor
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Phone: (309)794-8612


Laura Mahn, Director
Center for Vocational Reflection
Dr. Jason Mahn
Associate Professor of Religion
Angela Williams
Community Engagement Center Office Coordinator