Dr. Bryan Dik specializes in vocational psychology and is particularly interested in cultivating a sense of calling by bringing meaning, purpose, religion and spirituality to our work. He is eager to engage with Hope College faculty about how best to find meaning at all stages of academic careers. His most recent book that he co-authored, Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work (Templeton Press, October 2012), identifies what is needed to achieve a sense of fulfillment from work; and from a manager’s perspective, how to enable in others a sense of joy and meaning in their work. His work is rooted in what it might mean to serve God in all aspects of life. Dr. Dik has forwarded a chapter of the book for faculty to review prior to the dinner discussion on the 25th.
Dr. Dik received his B.A. in Psychology from Calvin College in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with specialized training in vocational psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. In addition to teaching courses at CSU in vocational psychology, personality psychology, and the psychology of religion, Dr. Dik supervises the career assessment and counseling activities in Ph.D. students in Counseling Psychology. He serves as the Chief Science Officer of Career Analytics Network, Inc., a company whose goal is to build a database containing the psychological profiles of a large pool of job-seekers. The aim of the project is to effectively match employees with employers that will lead to fulfilling employment relationships.