Marc Hunsaker

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marc-hunsaker.jpgName: Marc Hunsaker
Title: Dean of Personal & Professional Development
Phone: 706.236.2292
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (2019), Michigan State University

  • Dissertation: "Closing the Sunday-Monday Gap: Vocational Transformation Narratives of Christian Young Adults"

Masters of Education (2012), Covenant Theological Seminary
Masters of Divinity (2009), Covenant Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Arts, English (2002), University of South Carolina

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Vocational formation (i.e., integration of faith and work), discernment (i.e., identifying a sense of calling), and wayfinding (i.e., exploring via experience), theology and history of vocation, purpose development, facilitating meaningful work, future of the workforce/higher education, teaching and learning, T-shaped students/professionals, young adult faith development, Reformed theology, design thinking, and Life Design. 

Best pieces of professional advice you’ve ever received

"Work hard, be kind, and know your stuff"; "Focus on progress over perfection"; "Faster alone, further together". 

Favorite job as a college student

Waiting tables, hands down. I learned a ton of transferrable skills (e.g., time management, communication, customer service, creative problem solving), and I think everyone should spend some time working as a server.

Childhood career ambition

As a child, I wanted to be a Jedi. As a pre-teen, I wanted to be like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. On really good days, my current job feels like a mix of both.

Favorite spot on campus

The Reservoir, followed closely by 3rd floor Krannert. Both places require a bit of hike, but the experience there is often quite beautiful (and well worth the effort).

Favorite assessment tool/career search tool

Personal experience, self-reflection skills, and a wise mentor. Berry’s new PathwayU tool and BCC150 (Life Design) courses are pretty great too.

Favorite quote

"I can only answer the question 'What am I to do?' if I can answer the prior question 'Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?'" - Alasdair MacIntyre

Favorite thing about working with Berry students in CPPD

Helping students get “unstuck”, develop a sense of personal and professional purpose, and (re)imagine all the amazing things they could do with their lives and through their work.

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