A Life of Inquiry

The faculty members of The University of Tulsa are a diverse group. But if there is one thing we all have in common, it is our dedication to a life of inquiry. Each of us has devoted his or her professional life to the search for new knowledge, and to the dissemination of that knowledge to others.

“It was a real pleasure working with each of the professors who contributed to A Life of Inquiry. I’ve learned things from each and every one of them,” said John Henshaw of the experience he had as the editor of this innovative collection of TU faculty-written essays, anecdotes and ideas.

The inaugural edition has 31 invitations, and is being read by prospective students as well as alumni. Provost Roger Blais encouraged this project and provided the funding to publish this book. Denise Dutton of the Henneke Center supported this project with enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work. Joli Jensen is a phenomenal idea machine with an uncanny knack for helping out writers in need.

The new knowledge that we search for varies a great deal, depending on our academic discipline. And, as the stories in this book show, the ways in which we come by that knowledge are just as varied. One expects to discover new knowledge in a scientific laboratory or a research library, but perhaps not while running on a mountain trail in Alaska, mowing the lawn, or merely strolling across a college campus.

Being dedicated to a life of inquiry means going through life with eyes wide open, because you never know where new knowledge might come from. Once found, new knowledge can lead you to some amazing places. In large part, this is what college is all about — learning something new and then seeing where that knowledge takes you. When we first became university students, many of us were pretty clueless about where we wanted to go. Perhaps you feel that way, too. But along the way, we learned things that changed us forever.

Henshaw has asked for contributions for the next edition of A Life of Inquiry. He hopes they’ve started a new tradition at The University of Tulsa.