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Vocation: Selected Articles

Vocation in the Social Sciences

Ferrales, G., & Fine, G. (2005). Sociology as a vocation: Reputations and group cultures in graduate school. American Sociologist, 36(2), 57-75.

Imber, J. B. (2005). Ambition, vocation, and sociology. American Sociologist, 36(2), 76-85.

Verstraeten, J. (1998). From business ethics to the vocation of business leaders to humanize the world of business. Business Ethics: A European Review, 7(2), 111-124.

Vocation in the Humanities

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Vocation in the Sciences

Bunderson, J., & Thompson, J. A. (2009). The call of the wild: Zookeepers, callings, and the double-edged sword of deeply meaningful work. Administrative Science Quarterly, 54(1), 32-57.

Kovan, J. T., & Dirkx, J. M. (2003). 'Being called awake': The role of transformative learning in the lives of environmental activists. Adult Education Quarterly, 53(2), 99.

Selected Articles

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Adams, C. M. (2012). Calling and career counseling with college students: Finding meaning in work and life. Journal of College Counseling, 15(1), 65-80.

Ashforth, B. E., & Kreiner, G. E. (1999). "How can you do it?": Dirty work and the challenge of constructing a positive identity. Academy of Management Review, 24(3), 413-434.

Cappelli, P. (2013, November 11). Why focusing too narrowly in college could backfire. Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition. pp. R1-R2.

Conyers, A.J. (2003). Vocation and the liberal artsModern Age, 45(2), 123.

Davidson, J. C., & Caddell, D. P. (1994). Religion and the meaning of work. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 33(2), 135-147.

Dik, B. J., & Duffy, R. D. (2009). Calling and vocation at work: Definitions and prospects for research and practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(3), 424-450.

Dik, B. J., Duffy, R. D., & Steger, M. F. (2012). Enhancing social justice by promoting prosocial values in career development interventions. Counseling & Values, 57(1), 31-37.

Dik, B. J., Eldridge, B. M., & Duffy, R. D. (2009). Calling and vocation in career counseling: Recommendations for promoting meaningful work. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 40(6), 625-632.

Dik, B. J., & Hansen, J. C. (2008). Following passionate interests to well-being. Journal of Career Assessment, 16(1), 86-100.

Dik, B. J., Sargent, A. M., & Steger, M. F. (2008). Career development strivings: Assessing goals and motivation in career decision-making and planning. Journal of Career Development, 35(1), 23-41.

Dik, B. J., & Steger, M. F. (2008). Randomized trial of a calling-infused career workshop incorporating counselor self-disclosure. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73(2), 203-211.

Dik, B. J., Steger, M. F., Gibson, A., & Peisner, W. (2011). Make your work matter: Development and pilot evaluation of a purpose-centered career education intervention. New Directions for Youth Development, 2011(132), 59-73.

Dobrow, S. R., & Tosti-Kharas, J. (2012). Listen to your heart? Calling and receptivity to career advice. Journal of Career Assessment, 20(3), 264-280.

Dobrow, S.R., & Tosti-Kharas, J. (2011). Calling: The development of a scale measurePersonnel Psychology, 64(4), 1001-1049.

Duffy, R. D., Allan, B. A., Autin, K. L., & Bott, E. M. (2013). Calling and life satisfaction: It's not about having it, it's about living it. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(1), 42-52.

Duffy, R. D., & Autin, K. L. (2013). Disentangling the link between perceiving a calling and living a calling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(2), 219-227.

Duffy, R. D., Bott, E. M., Allan, B. A., & Dik, B. J. (2012). Perceiving a calling, living a calling, and job satisfaction: Testing a moderated, multiple mediator model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59(1), 50-59.

Duffy, R. D., Dik, B. J., & Steger, M. F. (2011). Calling and work-related outcomes: Career commitment as a mediator. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78(2), 210-218.

Duffy, R. D., & Sedlacek, W. E. (2010). The salience of a career calling among college students: Exploring group differences and links to religiousness, life meaning, and life satisfaction. Career Development Quarterly, 59(1), 27-41.

Feenstra, J. S. (2011). Vocational exploration through service: The effect of service-learning on student understanding of God's calling. Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 15(1), 65-74.

Feenstra, J. S., & Brouwer, A. M. (2008). Christian vocation: Defining relations with identity status, college adjustment, and spirituality. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 36(2), 83-93.

Flahery, C. (24 June 2015). Why 'vocation' isn't a dirty word. Inside Higher Ed.

Galles, J. A., & Lenz, J. G. (2013). Relationships among career thoughts, vocational identity, and calling: Implications for practice. Career Development Quarterly, 61(3), 240-248.

Hall, D.T., & Chandler, D.E. (2005). Psychological success: When the career is a calling. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26(2), 155-176.

Hunter, I., Dik, B. J., & Banning, J. H. (2010). College students’ perceptions of calling in work and life: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76(2), 178-186.

Scott, C. (2010). Vocation: The importance of exploring an ancient concept for community college students. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2010(151), 101-110.

Steger, M. F., Pickering, N. K., Shin, J. Y., & Dik, B. J. (2010). Calling in work: Secular or sacred?. Journal of Career Assessment, 18(1), 82-96.

Studley, J.S. (n.d.) Vocation is not a dirty word. Carnegie Perspectives. (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).

Tugend, A. (2012, May 5). Vocation or exploration? Pondering the purpose of college. New York Times. p. 5.

VanZanten Gallagher, S. (2007). Speaking of vocation in an age of spirituality. Change, 39(3), 32-37.

Wrzesniewski, A., & Dutton, J. E. (2001). Crafting a job: Revisioning employees as active crafters of their work. Academy of Management Review, 26(2), 179-201.