Center for Peace and Justice Education Faculty & Staff

Faculty members who teach courses in the curriculum come from various major departments and colleges within the University, including Theology and Religious Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Economics, and History.

 

Visiting Faculty

visiting faculty

Dr.Camille Burge, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

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Camille Burge is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Before arriving at Villanova in the Fall of 2014, she received her MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. From 2010 to 2013, Camille was a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.Her research interests lie at the intersection of political psychology and racial and ethnic politics. Specifically, she is interested in studying how we experience emotions as members of groups and how these experiences shape our political opinions and behavior. She is in the process of finishing her first book manuscript, Fired Up, Ready to Go: Pride, Shame, and Anger in African-American Politics, where she uses mixed methods to explore the political implications of African-Americans’emotional experiences. During her first two years at Villanova Camille was deeply involved in CPJE activities and is ecstatic about working more closely with individuals affiliated with the center especially on issues related to race, emotions, and gun control, and the relationships between global hip-hop and social justice.

Visiting Faculty

visiting faculty

Dr. Eugene McCarraher, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities

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Eugene McCarraher is an Associate Professor of Humanities.  He is currently the acting assistant director of the Honors Program, and recently completed two years as an Ann Quinn Welsh Fellow in Honors.  Before arriving at Villanova in 2000 he taught at Rutgers and the University of Delaware; he has also been a visiting instructor at Princeton.  In 2005-2006, he was a Charles Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. His research interests include U. S. cultural, intellectual, religious, and economic history, as well as the relations among theology, politics, and economics. Based in the humanities department, where he teaches courses in culture and economics, politics and literature, and traditions of radicalism, he also teaches courses in modern U. S. history, the history of capitalism, and, for the Peace and Justice program, "Peace and Peacemakers."  In addition to publishing in scholarly journals, his book reviews and essays have appeared in Books and Culture,Commonweal, Dissent, the NationIn These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Hedgehog Review, and Raritan.  His first book, Christian Critics:  Religion and the Impasse in Modern American Social Thought, was published by Cornell University Press in 2000; his second book, the manuscript of which he has just completed, will be entitled The Enchantments of Mammon:  Capitalism as the Religion of Modernity.  Having had a long and happy informal relationship with CPJE, he looks forward to working more closely with colleagues and students there, focusing in particular on issues related to economics, technology, property, and utopian thinking.  

Affiliated Peace & Justice Faculty

Curriculum Committee

Visiting Faculty Initiative

 Visiting Faculty 2015-2016

The Center for Peace and Justice Education (CPJE) has developed a program to establish two visiting positions a year, internal to the Villanova community. This initiative increases collaboration between various departments/colleges and lays the groundwork for the expansion of interdisciplinary Peace and Justice courses.  In addition, visiting faculty contribute resources, contacts, and opportunities within their areas of expertise to strengthen research possibilities for Villanova students, CPJE’s lectures and events, and future opportunities for CPJE graduates and alumni.

All full-time faculty members at Villanova are eligible to become a CPJE Visiting Faculty member.  The position lasts one year (with the possibility of a second year).  Visiting faculty will maintain their office space as well as teaching and other commitments in their home department and will join CPJE staff for selected meetings and events during the year.  Visiting faculty are invited to participate in the work of the Center in the specific ways identified below.  The two visiting faculty members will be selected with a goal to have one senior faculty member and one junior faculty member each year.  In addition, faculty members will be selected with a desire for representation across disciplines and Colleges. Thus, we actively seek faculty who are typically underrepresented in our activities.

CPJE Visiting Faculty Description:

  • *1-year commitment with the opportunity for a second year.
  • *Join the CPJE staff for regular meetings each semester.
  • *Offer one lecture or workshop during the academic year on a topic connecting the faculty member’s area of expertise with themes of peace and justice.
  • *Develop and/or teach a course with a Peace and Justice attribute.  Ideally, this will take place during the time as a CPJE visiting faculty member. 
  • *Additional contributions vary depending on interest and expertise.

 Other contributions may include:

  • Offer input/ideas for CPJE programming.
  • Offer input/guidance to one of the CPJE student groups.
  • Advise on faculty outreach around university.
  • Attend special CPJE events (Peace Award dinner, MLK dinner, graduation breakfast, etc.).
  • Sit on one of the award/keynote committees.
  • Serve as a mentor to students interested in PJ research in faculty member’s area of expertise.
  • Cultivate contacts beyond the university to develop further internship/career connections related to field of expertise.
  • In order to provide a sufficient incentive and recognition of the extra work being assumed beyond current commitments, the Center for Peace and Justice Education will compensate visiting faculty with a stipend of $1500 per semester ($3000 annually).

To learn about the work of our two inaugural CPJE visiting faculty members, see below.

Please feel free to contact one or both of them with questions about their experience.
Meet the Inaugural CPJE Visiting Faculty . . . Fall 2012 – Spring 2014

Application Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015

Send your CV as well as a 1-2 page letter of interest, including any proposed activities or projects, to Sharon Discher, Center for Peace and Justice Education (sharon.discher@villanova.edu).

In addition, please ask your department chair to email a statement of support to CPJE director,Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis (kathryn.geteksoltis@villanova.edu).

Past Visiting Faculty

Gay Strickler

Gay Strickler

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would also like to thank Gay Strickler, Ph.D., for her contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while she served as a 2012-2013 visiting faculty member. Dr. Strickler is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She designed a course based on the integration of her passion for both the arts and issues of social inequality. In her description of the course, Dr. Strickler describes that “Unfortunately, what we find is that those of lower socio-economic status generally do not have the same access to the arts as do their wealthier counterparts. In addition, one can argue that historically art (broadly defined) as embodied by marginalized groups, is often dismissed as inferior by those with the power to judge.” Dr. Strickler’s passion for social justice issues with her unique sociological focus on the arts and social work was a welcome asset to the Center.

Gaynor Strickler, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminologygaynor.strickler@villanova.edu

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Social Justice and the Arts (Fall 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Confronting Social Justice through Art: A Conversation” (March 2013)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “Women, Protest and the Art of the Arpillera” (January 2013) 
  • Moderated and organized panel: “Social Justice and the Arts: Panel Discussion” (Nov. 2013)
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussion: Shakespeare Behind Bars (March 2014)
  • Served as liaison with Advising for CLAS
  • Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

 "It was an honor and a pleasure to work with P and J; the work they're doing is both stimulating and important. Plus they're all so darn much fun!"                                                              

  -Gay Strickler

Ron Hill

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Ron Hill, Ph.D., for his contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2012-2013. Dr. Hill joined us from the School of Business where he serves as the Richard J. and Barbara Nacleiro Chair. In addition to his other teaching  responsibilities,Dr. Hill teaches a marketing class entitled Philosophy of Exchange with Jim Wetzel, which holds a P&J attribute. Through this class, Ron seeks to conjoin groups of students from business and the arts and sciences to illuminate their  potential intersection and lend greater consciousness to our most persistent practices of exchange. In addition to the social justice aspect of his teaching, his research focuses on issues of social and public policy, including, as he describes, topics such as “homelessness, public-private collaborations, gender equity, consumption and environmental degradation, discrimination, and ethical leadership. Dr. Hill’s research has led to bettering the community worldwide through the implementation of youth entrepreneurship programs in impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia and even electornic waste management in South Asia. His excellence as an educator and profound commitment to bettering the world made Dr. Hill a valued asset to the Peace and Justice department during the 2012-2013 academic year.


Ronald Hill, Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Chair in Business ronald.hill@villanova.edu

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Surviving in a Material World (Spring 2014)
  • Taught MKT 2349 Philosophy of Exchange (PJ Attribute, Spring 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Materialism and World Poverty” (Dec. 2012)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “An Examination of the Impact of Marketplace Exclusion” (with Aronté Marie Bennett, Jan. 2013)
  • Moderated and organized panel: “The Business of Social Justice: Social Enterprises in Theory and Practice” (Feb. 2014) 
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussions: Terra Blight (Feb. 2013); The End of Poverty? (Nov. 2013); Surviving Progress (April 2014)
  •  Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

“As a member of one of the professional schools, I was delighted to get an opportunity to work with people who are passionately pursuing the Augustinian mission of this university. The staff and faculty member of P&J are uniformly dedicated to making the institution as well as the larger world a better place. I am a better professor and human being for having been with them for the past two years.”       -Ron Hill

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel has a standing liaison position between CPJE and the Augustinian Institute where he holds the Augustinian Endowed Chair at Villanova University, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2005, Dr. Wetzel taught for many years at Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He has held visiting appointments at Notre Dame, Princeton, and Brown. His intellectual (and existential) interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and the religious life, and he has given a great deal of thought to the nature of philosophical piety and the peculiar expression that this piety takes in Augustinian Platonism. He has written three books on Augustine and Augustinian themes and edited a collection of essays on City of God. His teaching interests have taken him into SCI Graterford, where he has been regular presence in Villanova’s program there since the Spring of 2007, and into Bartley Hall, where he has taught VSB courses with his good friend and colleague, Ron Hill, a professor of marketing and business law and a recent faculty fellow at CPJE. A guiding ambition of Dr. Wetzel’s time at CPJE will be to consult with the regular faculty there about sharpening the focus of a projected new course, The Philosophy of the Social Venture, on peace and justice. This is a course whose design has so far been the collaborative work of visionary graduate students in philosophy and business. It is due to have its inaugural run in the Spring of 2015, where it will be taught by Drs. Wetzel and Hill on campus in VSB and conjointly at SCI Graterford. The basic ambition of the course is to offer a forum for attending to the ties between economy, social vision, and spiritual formation and thereby revisiting, in a community of unfixed possibilities, the true business of business.