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I’m delighted to announce that my second book is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2015, and it has a new title as of June 2014:  The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation.  To pre-order, visit the book’s page at the University of Chicago Press or Amazon.  For a sample of what is in it, see my essay in the Winter 2014 issue of Liberal Education: “Holy Grit! The Effects of Purpose Exploration Programming on Undergraduate Engagement and Life Trajectories.” 

Colleagues asked me about the implications of my first book for teaching.  This was my response,  published in the Chronicle Review: “Wake up and smell the new epistemology.

FYO CoverNow in fourth printing: The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School. (University of Chicago Press, 2007).   Click image to go to the University of Chicago Press webpage, or here to order from Amazon.com.  You can also check out:

This is an op-ed I published shortly before The First Year Out appeared: “Life after high school:  The real challenge.” The Times (of Trenton, NJ). June 23, 2007, p. A11

I was honored by the Social Science Research Council to write this essay: “Abandoned, Pursued, or Safely Stowed?” (it was a part of their web forum on the religious life of 1st year American undergraduates). Review the entire forum: http://religion.ssrc.org/reforum/

Research for my forthcoming book was generously funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  You can read about that grant here: The Life & Vocation of American Youth Project