Center for Faith and Learning

The Center for Faith and Learning provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community. The Center promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.

The Center for Faith and Learning is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Dialogue Luncheons 15-16

Teaching as Vocation

Wednesday February 3 from 11:30 a.m. till 12:45 p.m.

  • James Emig, PhD, CPA, Accountancy and Information Systems
  • Sally Scholz, PhD, Philosophy
  • Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., WRE, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tuesday April 12 from 12:00 till 1:15 p.m.

  • Chiji Akoma, PhD, English
  • Rachel J. Smith, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Gaynor Strickler, PhD, Sociology


Witnessing to our Faith Traditions

Thursday January 21 from 12:00 p.m. till 1:15 p.m.

  • Kevin Hughes, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Michelle M Kelly, PhD, CRNP, Nursing
  • Dorothy Skaf, PhD, Chemical Engineering

Wednesday March 16 from 11:30 a.m. till 12:45 p.m.

  • Camille Burge, PhD, Political Science
  • Sohail Chaudhry, PhD, Management and Operations
  • Anthony J. Godzieba, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies

All events are held in Corr Hall Lounge. We look forward to seeing you!

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Blessings as we begin a new academic year!

  • We welcome the 30 sophomore Scholars and 26 faculty Mentors of the newly formed St. Monica II group.
  • We also welcome back the 25 junior Scholars and 12 faculty Mentors of the St. Augustine II group and 
  • the 30 senior Scholars and 12 faculty Mentors of the St. Thomas of Villanova group.

Applications for '16-'19 available January 2016

The formation process for the '16-'19 community of faculty Mentors and student Scholars (freshmen who will then be rising sophomores) will begin in January. Last year's Mentor application and Scholar application are posted on the Faith and Learning Scholars page for information.  Please check back in January for updates, and contact us at the Center for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Please see the Faculty Mentors and Student Scholars pages for more information on each.


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Senior Scholars Say:

"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith.  I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."