Goals and Objectives

Goals, Objectives, Assessment Process:

2013-2014 (Final:  August 8, 2013)

Overall Goal: 

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. 

The Center for Faith and Learning seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to grow in knowledge of the intersections between and among religion, faith, learning and lived experience. To this end, the Center is always ready to collaborate with these constituencies of the Villanova community, inclusive of religious affiliation, to explore how faith not only enriches our lives, but also the community of which we are members. 

The Office for Mission & Ministry animates Villanova’s commitment to living out its mission in every facet of University life. The Office promotes an inclusive vision of the Catholic intellectual tradition; coordinates a variety of initiatives relating to the University’s Augustinian heritage and Catholic identity; encourages programs and research on contemporary issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching; ensures that the spiritual and sacramental needs of Catholic students are met; invites students, faculty and staff of various religious traditions to experience opportunities for the flourishing of their own personal faith life; and extends our Augustinian mission and the work of Villanova University in ways which will assure its contribution to the continued social and spiritual transformation of our world.  The Center for Faith and Learning supports and helps to facilitate the goals and objectives of the Office for Mission and Ministry with the following opportunities:

1.       Faith and Reason  First Year VCLE/ACS  Living Community  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/faith_learning/communities.html

2.       Faith and Learning Mentor and Scholar Program – three communities:  St. Augustine Scholars (2011-2014), St. Monica Scholars (2012-2015), and St. Thomas of Villanova Scholars (2013-2016)

·         Faculty Mentor Program

·         Student Scholar Program

3.       New Employee Mission Orientation

4.       New Faculty Mission Orientation

5.       Faculty Outreach

·         Faculty Dialogue Luncheons focusing on

o    Teaching as Vocation

o    Exploring Faith Traditions and their enrichment of the Catholic Augustinian community

o    Underwriting in part of the Faculty Dialogue Luncheons during the 2013-2014 academic year via a small grant received from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University

·         Faculty Socials

o    University-wide faculty gatherings

6.       Office for Mission & Ministry Annual Curriculum Development Workshop:  “Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice”  – A gathering  and luncheon for faculty presenters and faculty participants (2001-2013)

 

1.       Faith and Reason First Year VCLE/ACS Living Community

Goal:   To offer a living/ learning ACS/VCLE academic course to first year students so that a community of learners will engage in intellectual dialogue based on the integration of faith and reason.

Objectives:

·         to enhance student learning by creating integrated learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom as students transition to college life.

·         The Faith and Reason First Year VCLE/ACS Living Community will explore:

o    the student's approach to the meaning of life

o    the meaning of personal religious faith

o    the theories of faith development

o    the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations

o    the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making

o    how academics can enhance a holistic approach to one’s life and vocation

Assessment:

·         Interviews:

o    with first year student participants

o    with two student facilitators

o    with Dr. Jonathan Yates

·         CATS

·         Project evaluations

·         Testing comprehension

·         Evaluation with Jonathan Yates and Beth Hassel

 

2.       Faith and Learning Mentor and Scholar Program

Goal: The Center for Faith and Learning will provide the structure and oversight for a Mentor and Scholar Program.  The Center for Faith and Learning seeks to prepare the next generation of students to integrate faith and learning into their emerging adult lives. In addition, the Center for Faith and Learning hopes to encourage young scholars to consider advanced degrees and life in the academy as a future vocation. 

In Year Two the goal is to establish the second Faith and Learning Mentor and Scholar Program community, which would run concurrently with the Year One Faith and Learning Mentor and Scholar community, who have named themselves the St. Augustine group.

In Year Three the goal is to have three Faith and Learning Mentor and Scholar Program communities in three concurrently running groups.  Additionally, there will be tracking of alumni Scholars and a potential newsletter.

Objectives:  Faith and Learning Mentors

Faith and Learning program will:

  • support and affirm faculty whose teaching and research incorporates the intersection of faith and reason, and/or who are people of faith
  • invite faculty to be role models, serving as mentors for students who have been selected as Faith and Learning Scholars, supporting and affirming students eager to integrate faith and reason
  • provide opportunities for faculty conversations concerning the vocation of the life of the mind

Mentors will:

·         set the calendar for a minimum of four (4) dinner/dialogues [three (3) individual and one (1) final annual capstone dinner including all participants] that explore the intersection of faith and learning and the vocation of the mind

·         introduce students to leading scholars who have explored the vocation of the mind and the intersection of faith and learning in their writings

·         (when possible) be available to student scholars for discernment in their life choices

Objectives:  Faith and Learning Scholars

Faith and Learning program will:

·         Support and affirm students who are eager to explore the intersection of faith and reason, and/or who are people of faith

  • encourage, support and mentor scholars in the integration of learning and faith

Scholars will:

·         be encouraged, supported and mentored in the integration of learning and faith

·         discuss what it means to be engaged in a search for truth and dedicated to the intellectual life

·         explore ways to balance contemplation and activity

·         consider one’s future potential for service to society, the academy and the Church

·         pursue intellectual and personal growth through acquisition of knowledge and wisdom

·         commit to preparation for and attendance of a minimum of four (4) scheduled dinner discussions that explore the intersection of faith and learning and the vocation of the mind

·         be open to mentoring with faculty in exploring the vocation of the mind

Assessment:

·         Interviews and surveys:

o    with student scholars

o    with faculty mentors

 

3.       New Employee Mission Orientation

Goal: To welcome and to share the Mission of Villanova University

Objectives:

·         To present a power point on the Mission of VU

·         To provide a handout on the Mission of VU

·         To be a warm welcome

·         To offer appropriate information that is helpful to a new employee

Assessment:

·         Feedback from Human Resources

·         Feedback from new employees

 

4.       New Faculty Mission Orientation

 Goal:  To welcome and to share the Mission of VU and offer ongoing opportunities for faculty mission development.  To offer ongoing support for faculty in their transition to VU.

Objectives:

·         To participate in Faculty Orientation offered by VITAL

·         To meet with new faculty members to share the Mission of VU

·         To offer ongoing opportunities for faculty to understand and contribute to the mission of VU.

Assessment:

·         Feedback from participants

 

5.       Faculty Outreach

Goal:     The Center for Faith and Learning will provide opportunities for faculty from across the University and from all colleges and disciplines to share refreshment and explore faith and learning related topics

Objectives:

·         Faculty Dialogue Luncheons

o    to provide opportunities for faculty to share personal stories and wisdom on how teaching in their chosen discipline is their vocation

o    to provide opportunities for faculty to share their faith tradition, and to acknowledge how these enrich the Catholic Augustinian Villanova community

·         Faculty Socials/Faculty Wine and Cheese Reception

o    to provide an opportunity to welcome back Villanova University faculty at the beginning of a new academic year, gathering as a University-wide community in a spirit of Augustinian friendship

·         To partner with VITAL

Assessments:

·         feedback from sessions

·         levels of participation

 

6.       Office for Mission & Ministry Annual Curriculum Development Workshop:  “Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice”  – A gathering  and luncheon for faculty presenters and faculty participants (2001-2013)  

Goal:  Together with the Vice President of the Office for Mission & Ministry, The Center for Faith and Learning will provide an opportunity for faculty presenters and faculty participants who have attended the Workshop during its history from 2001-2013 to gather to share a meal and discuss their experiences incorporating Catholic Social Teaching into their courses. 

Objectives: 

·         To gather this community so they may interact with each other

·         To determine, should this pilot event prove successful, if a second gathering may be interesting to offer in Spring 2014 which might include a short presentation from a faculty member on an aspect of Catholic Social Teaching.

Assessment:

·         feedback from sessions

·         levels of participation

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