Samford University

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December 2, 2013

Our Story

While our students are stressed in these final days of the semester as they confront the deadlines for their papers, our faculty members are awash in a sea of red ink, wading through assignments, grabbing for anything with caffeine, looking (sometimes in vain) for key points in tortured paragraphs, and offering the wisdom of the ages in precious margin notes to students.  Yes, they think, the old maxim of academe is true:  “I teach for free but they pay me to grade papers.”  So today we honor the heroes of our community, the cherished members of our faculty who—at this moment—are too busy to even read this installment of “Monday Mission.”  For many of us, most of our important lessons were learned at the margins—the margins of our papers.  “Interesting analysis.”  “What were you thinking in this section?”  “Lousy transition.”  “Did you intend to complete this thought?”  “Is there a source for this?”  “Reflects your best work in the course:  B-“

The world is better because Samford faculty members take the time to write great margin notes.

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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