The Center for Faith and Learning facilitates the Faith and Learning Scholars Program. Faculty from all colleges of the University (see list posted to the right) and rising sophomores who are interested in exploring and discovering the intersection of faith and learning become Mentors and Scholars sharing in a three-year long faith-learning journey together. This includes four dinner dialogues based on selected readings and a commitment to support students in their search for the integration of faith and reason. Rising sophomores, who are nominated, are invited to apply to be Scholars. Scholars who begin in Fall 2015 will conclude their experience in Spring 2018 when they graduate. To view the sample Scholars application, please click on the link on the right.
The “Faith and Learning Scholars” program began in Fall 2011. At present the Center is facilitating three groups of scholars/mentors:
Mentors who will choose to be part of the program next year will begin the Program's fifth group, the St. Monica II group, with a goal of 30 sophomore scholars/15 mentors. Each group meets individually for the dinner-dialogues at Picotte Hall at Dundale, yet the Faith and Learning Scholars Program functions as one large intentional faith community usually having the opportunity to gather as a unified whole once per semester.
Mentors introduce students to leading scholars who have explored the vocation of the mind and the intersection of faith and learning in their writings. Faculty who elect to enter the program commit to scheduled dinner discussions that explore the intersection of faith and learning and the vocation of the mind.
To view the sample Mentors application, or to view a comprehensive list of faculty participating as Mentors, please click the documents to the right.
The Center for Faith and Learning will provide structure and oversight for a variety of mentor-scholar interactions. At a minimum, five meetings are planned for each year.
The Center for Faith and Learning Faculty Mentor Program seeks to:
Through the intentional work of these faculty Villanova University 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.
The formation process for the '15-'16 community of faculty Mentors and student Scholars (freshmen who will then be rising sophomores) iwill begin January 2015. Both the Mentor application and Scholar application are posted below for reference till the new ones are prepared. Please feel free to contact us at the Center for more information or to answer any questions you may have.