A new book co-edited by Wagner College psychology professor Miles Groth will be released this Sunday, Aug.1. The book, “Engaging College Men: Discovering What Works and Why,” is a collection of essays by mentors of college men and high school boys on what works to increase their engagement as citizens and participants in the common good. Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, “Engaging College Men” presents a variety of programs at 14 colleges and universities and select high schools and reports on their widely differing ways of guiding men to vocational discernment and a sense of purpose in life. As enrollments of men in college decline, this book is essential reading for college services administrators, teachers, and counselors who are committed to involving males in academic life and service to the community.
“Engaging College Men” was co-edited by Gar Kellom and Miles Groth. Kellom served as vice president of Saint Mary’s University, Carroll College and Saint John’s University for 30 years. At Saint John’s, he founded the Center for Men’s Leadership and Service, the first men’s center on a liberal arts college campus. The center has hosted an annual conference on the college male for 7 years, organized student-volunteer programs in local schools, and offers international service and study trips to Trinidad & Tobago and India/Nepal.
Professor Groth trained as a psychoanalyst and has been in private practice since 1977. He is the author of three books, chapters in five books, 26 articles and 50 book reviews in 19 different peer-reviewed journals. He is co-founder of the website www.boyhoodstudies.com. His areas of scholarly interest are the psychology of boyhood, existential analysis, and continental philosophy.
Chip Capraro, Associate Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, says [“Engaging College Men” is] “an important, well conceived, and neatly presented body of research on how college men go about vocational discernment — sorting out what they want to do with their lives. With a great deal of valuable information and insight, it offers interesting case studies drawn from a variety of colleges, all of which are framed by a larger discussion of the deeply gendered nature of that process. Editors Gar Kellom and Miles Groth are seasoned scholars who care deeply about the education and well-being of boys and men. Because of its broader implications, this book will be of general interest to anyone concerned with spirituality, masculinity, or career development.”
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