dear mentor

Dear Mentor: Alcohol in grad school?

Dear Mentor,  I am a new graduate student who would like to foster friendships with some of my fellow graduate students, but it seems like... more

Dear Mentor: Abusive Advisor?

Dear Mentor, I’m a science PhD student and I'm near the end of my degree and should, God willing, be defending in a few months. My advisor,... more

Dear Mentor: Changing grades?

Dear Mentor, It's almost time to turn in grades for the semester! When if ever do you change a grade? How do you handle... more

staff picks

In Focus

A Biblical Basis for the Study of Literature

For a variety of reasons, it can be difficult for Christians who are the products of contemporary culture to see the connections between the life of the intellect and the... more
In Focus

On Returning the First Essays of the Semester: Standing Firm in Love

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. (Psalm 16:7) more


from the blog

Grading Angst

It’s that time of year again: grading time. Are you one of those people discovering all of the scintillating articles online you missed during the semester? Or are you searching out and posting the best new memes about grading misery? more

What Would Jesus Do About Mean Girls?

I have a vivid memory of a popular 8th grade girl chasing me into the bathroom after I had done something (I don’t remember what) to offend her during gym class. That memory of me cowering in a locked stall... more

I Remember the First Time…

It happened to me again last week. I was leading a training event and each participant was sharing a formative time in his or her development as a leader. One woman was talking about her experience as a leader planning a national leadership development project... more

events & announcements

  • Doing Good Well 2016: a conference for young women in the arts, hosted by CIVA, August 11-14, 2016

  • Writers Retreat: hosted by Marcia Bosscher, founding editor of The Well. September 10-15, 2016.