April 2008


Fernando L. Garzon

Primary Subject Area

Education, Religious


phenomenology, worldview, faculty, teaching practices


This phenomenology investigated integration of faith and learning among eight Liberty University faculty members. Criterion sampling was used by asking 150 randomly selected graduate students to nominate the professor from whom they had learned integration the most. All participants described their holistic, existential, faith-praxis integration. Themes pertinent to their understanding of integration included the inseparability of faith from their being and a sense of calling. The outworking of their faith was seen in two main themes: teaching practices that included Biblical truth, and the humility and deliberate actions that develop relationships with students, colleagues and staff. Counseling and generalist participants showed similarities in all major areas. Implications for faculty and schools are presented, and suggestions for further research.