Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Welcome to the William E. and Ernest L. Boyer Common Day of Learning at Azusa Pacific University, a campus-wide event dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and learning. Since 1993, APU has fostered its commitment to scholarship—one of the university’s Four Cornerstones—by hosting this multidisciplinary conference dedicated to the commemoration of academic discovery, an intellectual adventure that celebrates the scholarship of engagement. In the words of Ernest L. Boyer:
“American colleges and universities are one of the greatest hopes for intellectual and civic progress in this country. I am convinced that for this hope to be fulfilled, the academy must become a more vigorous partner in the search for answers to our most pressing social, civic, economic, and moral problems, and must reaffirm its historic commitment to what I call the scholarship of engagement.”
Once a year, regular daytime activities are suspended so faculty, staff, and students can have an opportunity to share their research, scholarship, and artistic pieces with each other and guests from the surrounding communities. To promote a common discussion, conference events are planned around a central theme; this year’s is “Be Devoted, Be Productive,” based on Titus 3:14 (NIV): “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” This year’s theme is a call for us to be devoted to God, one another, and our work. Moreover, there is an expectation that devotion be reflected in fruitful acts that fortify our relationship with God and one another and that lead to diligently crafted products in our work life.