Fellowships

Thomas F. Martin St. Augustine Fellow

The Thomas F. Martin Saint Augustine Fellowship is a new initiative of Villanova University to foster scholarship with the Augustinian Tradition. Villanova University is an Augustinian Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine—and from its very outset has sought to promote the study of Saint Augustine, both within the university and beyond.

The Thomas F. Martin Fellowship will be given to a senior scholars who will spend a semester at Villanova University, offering a public lecture and 2 seminars that are shaped by their own area of interest and research. Their presence at Villanova is meant to stimulate new conversations with faculty and students on Augustine and the Augustinian tradition, broadly conveived.

Villanova University’s curriculum is shaped by an Augustinian vision characterized by the University’s core values as articulated in the distinctive Augustinian themes of the Seal of the University: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. Villanova University furthers its academic commitment to the Augustinian tradition in a variety of ways: it publishes the journalAugustinian Studies, a premier journal with international recognition; through a variety of curricular initiatives it seeks to imbue the curriculum with a distinctive Augustinian character; through The Augustinian Institute various lectures, conferences, discussion groups, etc. seek to bring the Augustinian tradition into serious dialogue with the wider academic world.

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee which will weigh the quality of the proposal as well as the merits of the proposed course

 

 

Invited Fellows

David Hunter
Professor David G. Hunter

2018 Fall Semester

Professor David G. Hunter
University of Kentucky

Martin Fellow

2017 Fall Semester

Professor Gerd Van Riel
KU Leuven

Public Lecture 

November 16, 2016
Augustine's Truth

2016 Fall Semester

Dr. Jane Ellen Merdinger
Independent Scholar

Public Lecture 

November 15, 2016
Catching Glimpses of Augustine:  Daily Challenges and Responsibilities of the Bishop of Hippo

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Professor M. Burcht Pranger

2015 Fall Semester

Professor M. Burcht Pranger
University of Amsterdam

Public Lecture

October 28, 2015
Inside Augustine

 

 

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Dr. Carol Harrison

2014 Fall Semester

Dr. Carol Harrison, Durham University
Department of Theology and Religion

Public Lecture

November 4, 2014
Getting Carried Away:  Shy did Augustine Sing?

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William Harmless, SJ

2013 Fall Semester

William Harmless, S.J., Creighton University
Professor, Historical Theology; Patristic Studies

Public Lecture 
November 19, 2013
Augustine on the Mystery of the Human Heart

James Patout Burns, Vanderbilt Divinity School

2012 Fall Semester

James Patout Burns, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, Emeritus

Public Lecture 

November 15, 2012
To Have and to Share:  An Augustinian Approach to Christian Marriage

 

Dr. Maureen Tilley, Fordham University

2011 Fall Semester

Dr. Maureen Tilley, Fordham University
Professor of Theology

Public Lecture  

November 3, 2011
Augustine, Friends and Family:  Best Friends Forever

Dr. Michael Cameron, University of Portland

2010 Fall Semester

Dr. Michael Cameron, University of Portland
Associate Professor, Program Director for Theology Majors

Public Lecture

October 21 & 27, 2010
Augustine & Scripture

Patricia H Imbesi St. Augustine Fellowship

The Patricia H. Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship of Villanova University is offered each Spring semester to an outstanding scholar whose work has a contribution to make to the study of Augustine or of the Augustinian tradition. The university’s curriculum is shaped by an Augustinian vision, as articulated in the distinctive Augustinian themes that are on the Seal of the University: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. That means that, as an Augustinian Catholic university founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova promotes the study of Saint Augustine both within and beyond the university.

This academic commitment to the Augustinian tradition is evident: in the publication of the journal Augustinian Studies, a premier journal that appears twice a year; in many, varied curricular initiatives that enhance its Augustinian character of the university; in lectures, conferences, and seminars that bring Augustine into dialogue with today’s concerns; and in the Augustinian Institute that highlights the Augustinian mission of the university as part of the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Applicants for the Patricia H. Imbesi Fellowship are to submit a current curriculum vitae, a brief essay describing the research project to be pursued while at Villanova and a proposal for faculty/graduate student colloquia. Two letters of recommendation should also be submitted separately to the Augustinian Institute (anna.misticoni@villanova.edu). The application process will be completed on-line through the Villanova University Human Resources site (https://jobs.villanova.edu/  [click on Faculty Positions]).

The semester stipend for a St. Augustine Fellow is $30,000. Medical benefits are provided by Villanova University. The Augustinian Institute rents a house for the semester – a benefit that is subject to federal tax law as imputed income to the Fellow.

All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee which will weigh the quality of the proposal as well as the merits of the proposed contributions.

 

Invited Fellows

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2018 Spring Semester

Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J.
Boston College 

Public Lecture

“Born This Way”? Augustine on Nature and Grace

 

Erika Kidd

2017 Spring Semester

Dr. Erika Kidd
University of St. Thomas

Public Lecture
Parting Words:  Augustine on Language and Loss

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2016 Spring Semester

Gerald P. Boersma, St. Bonaventure University

Public Lecture
What Does God Look Like From the Back:  Augustine and the Vision of God

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Brian Matz

2015 Spring Sememster

Dr. Brian Matz, Carroll College

Public Lecture 
When Wealthy People Become Thieves:  Christianity's Treatment of Superfluous Goods

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2014 Spring Semester

David Vincent Meconi, S.J. Saint Louis University
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies,

Public Lecture
Ravishing Ruin:  Self-Loathing in St. Augustine

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2013 Spring Semester

Dr. Kimberly Baker, Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology
History Department

Public Lecture 
Augustine on the Value of the Present Life

 

Dr. Sarah Byers, Boston College

2012 Spring Semester

Dr. Sarah Byers, Boston College

Public Lecture
The Psychology of Compassion "Augustine and the Stoics on Mercy"