The VERITAS Faculty Research Program supports scholarly research that takes inspiration from and/or reflects the values of Villanova University's Catholic and Augustinian heritage. The program is administered jointly by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs and the Office of Mission and Ministry. The purpose of the program is to encourage faculty to bring to bear on their research a perspective that reflects Villanova's concern for religious values, the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social thought, and/or the Augustinian heritage of encouraging dialogue between religious faith and contemporary life.
Among the examples of research projects that might find support would be issues of war and peace; issues of social justice; empirical investigations of the influence of religion on social, political, or economic behavior, or vice versa; the interaction between religion, science, and technology; government, business, or other private and public sector practices and policies that affect, or could be affected by, religious faith and practice; and the application of Catholic Social Thought to contemporary public policy issues. These examples are meant only to be suggestive of the types of inquiries that can be pursued; others surely may be possible.
Previous awardees and topics are listed in the program web page on the ORA website.
Nielsen, Cynthia R., Ethics - "Re-Humanizing the Inmate, Dismantling Radicalized Discourses, and Redeeming Time: Toward Transformative, Restorative, and We-Building Possibilities"
Tomko, Michael, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions - "The Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Petic Faith from Coleridge to Tolkein"
Smith, Rachel, Theology and Religious Studies - "Female Exemplarity in the Bonum Universale de Apibus and the Formicarius"
Scott, Mark S. M., Augustine and Culture Seminar Program - "Pathways in Theodicy: Constructive Perspectives on the Problem of Evil"
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is pleased to announce the VERITAS recipients for the summer of 2012 and offer congratulations to the successful applicants.
ORSP is pleased to announce the 2011 Veritas Recipients:
Adriano Duque, "African Path: The Dangerous Route to Christian Spain" - Romance Languages
Timothy Horner, "Catholic Relief Services, Rwanda" - Augustine Seminars
Carey Walsh, "A Real Presence of Biblical Narrative" - Theology
James Wilson, "TS Eliot, Jaques Maritain, and the Return of the Real" - Humanities
Administrative questions about the program can be directed to Mr. Will Caverly, ORA, email@example.com.
Only electronic PDF versions of the proposal will be accepted. Submit your PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals for Summer 2013 and the 2013-14 academic year are due by 5:00 pm Eastern time, Friday May 3, 2013.
Awards will be announced by May 17, 2013.
Proposals will be reviewed by a Review Committee chaired by the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs and composed of faculty members and administrators experienced with the program and its mission.
Proposals will be reviewed both for the scholarly soundness of the project and for the interaction with or application of insights and approaches derived from the University's religious values and mission. They should be explicit with respect to their Catholic-Augustinian-University mission character.
Previous grantees will be expected to provide evidence of scholarship resulting explicitly from the previous grant.