Jim Hayes

Associate Dean and Director of CVIL

Email:
jim.hayes@simpson.edu
Phone Number:
515-961-1281
Office Location:
Kent Campus Center 227
Office Hours:
Kent Campus Center
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Credentials:
D.Min, Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis University), 2005
S.T.L., St. Mary’s
M.Div, St. Mary’s Seminary and University
B.Phil, Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, Italy
B.A., Loras College

Vocation, a sense of call, took center stage in my life as a college student in a small, liberal arts, faith based school.  During those years I intensely faced the question: “What should I do with my life?”   I understand the significance of vocation in the hearts of young adults.  I’ve spent most of my life working with young people: working in youth and campus ministry, teaching high school and college students, and walking with many of them as they worked through issues of vocational exploration.  As I’ve grown in wisdom–or at least in age–I continue to wrestle with answering big questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?”  I now recognize that it is in the continual asking and reflection, leading to ongoing transformation and reorientation, that one follows the path to happiness and fullness of life.  I love my position at Simpson’s Center for Vocation and Integrative Learning (CVIL) and the Department of Religion in that it offers the privilege of pondering these questions with other seekers, especially the students.

My education includes studies in History, French, Philosophy and Theology. I have an S.T.L. in systematic theology and a Doctorate from the Aquinas Institute at St. Louis University. Most of my research and writing revolves around theology and narrative. My career includes a regular teaching load, administration, public speaking, leading retreats and workshops, teaching adult learning programs, service projects, preaching, and general pastoral care. I enjoy time with family and friends, praying, travel, reading, studying various cultures and languages, the arts, and all kinds of sports.

My hope is that the next chapter in my vocation story leads me and those I encounter to think critically, lead wisely, serve generously and live faithfully.

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