Selling place, selling faith : what Christian university tour guides reveal about a theology of place.

dc.contributor.advisorAlleman, Nathan F., 1975-
dc.creatorWoodford, Madison N., 1999-
dc.creator.orcid0009-0009-0934-4321
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-07T14:22:43Z
dc.date.available2023-11-07T14:22:43Z
dc.date.created2023-05
dc.date.issuedMay 2023
dc.date.submittedMay 2023
dc.date.updated2023-11-07T14:22:43Z
dc.description.abstractChristian college campuses are theologically-imbued places of higher learning. Drawing from their personal experiences and professional trainings, campus tour guides are uniquely positioned to introduce a theology of place to prospective students. From a qualitative paradigm and symbolic interactionist approach, this project investigated the lives, work, and meaning-making of ten tour guides through interviews, as well as official and personal campus tours to answer the following research question: How do tour guides on a Christian college campus experience, interpret, and convey a theology of place to prospective students? Study findings reveal that guides felt connected to their campus community and experienced God’s presence everywhere, privileged realities they– through symbols, objects, and interactions – strategically shared and subtly normalized for tour-goers. This study ultimately illuminates the challenges of mission-based practice, shedding new light on how students uniquely navigated these tensions, and challenging higher education practitioners to think theologically about the campus places they work to promote.
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/12532
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.rights.accessrightsNo access – contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu
dc.titleSelling place, selling faith : what Christian university tour guides reveal about a theology of place.
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.departmentBaylor University. Dept. of Educational Leadership.
thesis.degree.grantorBaylor University
thesis.degree.nameM.S.Ed.
thesis.degree.programHigher Education & Student Affairs
thesis.degree.schoolBaylor University

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