CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (July 5, 2022) — Thomas More recently received a grant through the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), which enables the University to create a professional learning community of eight faculty and staff and a team of four leaders. The work of this group will have a major impact on Thomas More students as they explore how vocation, community, and student success can be defined and implemented on campus.

NetVUE, an initiative administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), is a national network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. The NetVUE Professional Development Award is for use over a full academic year to support professional development activities that enhance professional exploration and discernment programs for students.

Thomas More University has many exciting initiatives underway following the implementation of 2021-26 Strategic Plan – Lighting the Way. These initiatives include revising the core curriculum, restructuring councils, and developing a stronger first-year student experience. “Thanks to these initiatives,” says program leader Kim Haverkos, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, “now is an excellent time to explicitly embed vocation and calling into the culture school.” Inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, Thomas More invites students of all faiths to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others. This grant is a natural extension of that work, allowing for the intentional integration of vocation and calling into university curricula.

“The professional development funded by the NetVUE grant will advance the initiatives of our Strategic Plan, Lighting the Way, changing and sustaining the way our mission is lived on campus,” said Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. “This project will enable our faculty and staff to enhance their knowledge and skills necessary to guide our students in understanding their place in the world and their responsibility to others.”

The Professional Learning Community begins in July 2022, meeting a total of 15 times throughout the academic year. Each program participant will develop a deliverable that incorporates an aspect of vocation, community, and student success into coursework programming to be implemented in the 2023-2024 academic year. An evaluation was created to measure the effectiveness of this implementation on student engagement. Participation will be strategic and ongoing, with the leadership team striving to embed professional development into the culture of Thomas More faculty and staff.

“We all need to be invested in the success of our students,” says Haverkos. “The overall student experience is impacted by the deliverables of this project.”

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For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to be more, do more, seek more, earn more, achieve more and create more. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-oriented liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and uncover truth, allowing them to begin the journey to becoming the person they were created to be. Entering the second century, it’s time for More. Serving over 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, building on its excellent return on investment (ranked #1 among private universities/colleges in Kentucky by MSN Money in 2021 and ranked #2 for long-term gain in Kentucky by a 2022 Georgetown University study) and sharing with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To learn more, visit

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