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Goal 1: Advance Whitworth's distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning

The Whitworth community engages challenging contemporary issues with intellectual rigor through the lens of Christian faith. In a world fractured by sin and transformed by Christ's grace and truth, Whitworth will equip and inspire students to cultivate character, seek justice and proclaim salvation. Students, faculty and staff will pursue opportunities to lead and participate in national and international initiatives that reflect Whitworth's commitment to faith-learning integration by upholding open, intellectual inquiry and deep Christian conviction as complementary rather than competing values.


  • Position Whitworth as a valued resource to the church and society, contributing to regional, national and international dialogues by Christian intellectuals engaging important contemporary issues.

  • Deepen the capacity of students and faculty to integrate faith and learning and ensure that 100 percent of Whitworth's academic departments assess student-learning outcomes in faith-learning integration.

  • Support rich learning opportunities across the curriculum in which students are challenged to strengthen connections between their worldview convictions, academic studies, and vocational discernment.

Goal 1: Key Performance Indicators

Julia StronksSpotlight: Professor Julia Stronks

Professor of Political Science Julia Stronks is the author of several books on faith, citizenship and law, and is a sought-after speaker for academic, K-12 and church audiences. Widespread interest in her most recent book, Living in the Fabric of Faithfulness, led to invitations for Stronks to deliver a keynote address at a recent conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, and to give an address on faith and law at the National Faith, Justice & Civic Learning Conference, in Chicago. Stronks recently was appointed to Whitworth's Lindaman Chair, a rotating position for senior faculty who are engaged in significant academic initiatives and who contribute to public dialogue concerning important social issues.

"My vision for the Lindaman Chair is to engage in a speaking and writing agenda that brings together the rich history of the Reformed tradition and Christian voices of other traditions, emphasizing what we have in common and what we can learn from each other," Stronks says. "I want to introduce a younger generation of students and scholars to the teachings of my own tradition of neo-Calvinism, but I also want to challenge neo-Calvinists to consider that others, too, can bring God's truth to bear on the hard questions the world faces."