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Faculty Lunchtime Dialogues

The Center for Faith and Learning is an advocate for faculty of all faiths who see teaching/research/service as a vocation and who are interested in the intersection of teaching and faith traditions with the Augustinian identity of Villanova University.

To facilitate this discussion, the Center for Faith & Learning hosts luncheons for the Villanova faculty: all departments, all faiths.

These informal luncheons are held to

  • facilitate compassionate dialogue that nurtures the diversity of our journeys 
  • foster the intersection of, and conversation between, ALL faith traditions
  • provide opportunity for VU faculty to meet and support one another

In the FALL 2020 semester, the Faculty Lunchtime Dialogues will be ONLINE ONLY. We are disappointed to abandon these aspects of the program but it is part of our Caritas Commitment. Watch Campus Currents for registration or contact Suzanne Teleha.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Monday, October 26, 12:30–1:30pm

   Topic: Teaching as a Vocation
   Presenters: Stephanie Walkup (Civil Engineering), Karen Graziano (English), Arthur Purcaro, OSA (Mission & Ministry)

Thursday, November 12, 11:30am–12:30pm

   Topic: Witnessing Our Faith Traditions
   Presenters: Bright Nsowaa (Mathematics), James Trainer (Institutional Planning), Gerald Beyer (Theology)

 

Presenter Nominations

We welcome and continue to accept faculty presenter nominations for our luncheons. The nomination process is now closed for the Fall 2020 Faculty Lunchtime Dialogue schedule.

We hope you will join us for one or more faculty luncheons!

Faculty members are invited to recommend themselves AND/OR a colleague to be a presenter at a Faculty Dialogue Luncheon. Presenters may speak on the topic of:

  • "Teaching as a Vocation" or
  • "Witnessing Our Faith Traditions".

Email Dr. Beth Hassel with presenter recommendations. Email Suzanne Teleha for information about the Faculty Lunchtime Dialogues.

Exploring Teaching as Vocation

January 22, 2020

  • Peter Spitaler, PhD
  • Mary Beth Simmons, MFA
  • Christine Speidel, Law

October 29, 2019

  • Raisa Velthuis, PhD
  • Sherry Burrell, PhD, RN
  • Peter Koch, PhD

September 16, 2019

  • Troy Shirangi, PhD
  • Rebecca Feldman, JD
  • Chelsea Phillips, PhD

November 15, 2018

  • Stacey Havlik, PhD
  • Flannery Stevens, PhD
  • Paul Bernhardt, PhD

October 3, 2018

  • Amy McKeever, PhD
  • Michael Zimmerman, PhD
  • Meredith Bergey, PhD

March 19, 2018

  • Barbara Zimmerman, PhD, Computer Science
  • Justinus A. Satrio, PhD, Engineering
  • Elizabeth Petit deMange, PhD, Nursing

January 25, 2018

  • Theresa Capriotti, PhD, Nursing
  • Edward L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Amy K. Way, PhD, Communications

November 15, 2017

  • Valerie Joyce, PhD, Theatre
  • Dennis Wykoff, PhD, Biology
  • Masako Hamada, PhD, Global Interdisplinary Studies

September 19, 2017

  • Mark C. Alexander, PhD, Dean VLS
  • Joyce E.A Russell, PhD, Dean VSB
  • Deborah J, Tyksinaki, PhD, Dean CPS

April 20, 2017

  • Bruce Pollack-Johnson, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Bing-Bing Qi, PhD, RN, Nursing
  • Virginia Smith, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering

February 15, 2017

  • Vikram K. Iyengar, PhD, Biology
  • Mary T. Kelly, PhD, Economics
  • Klaus E. Volpert, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics

November 16, 2016

  • Albert Shin, PhD, Ethics
  • Beth Vallen, PhD, Marketing and Business Law

October 4, 2016

  • David Fiorenza, MBA, Economics
  • Kate Meloney, MSS, MLSP, Sociology-CRM

April 12, 2016

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

February 3, 2016

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

November 18, 2015

  • John Durnin, PhD, Education and Counseling
  • Denise Hanes Downey, PhD, Accountancy
  • Bonnie Henderson, PhD, Geography and the Environment

October 6, 2015

  • Matthew Liberatore, PhD, Management and Operations
  • Sherry Perlmutter Bowen, PhD, Communication
  • Barry Selinsky, PhD, Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Development; Chemistry

April 15, 2015

  • Olukunle Owolabi, PhD, Political Science
  • Louise Russo, PhD, Biology
  • Charles Zech, PhD, Economics; Center for Church Management and Business Ethics

November 11, 2014

  • Linda Carman Copel, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, NCC, CNE, ANEF, FAPA, Nursing
  • John Immerwahr, PhD, Philosophy
  • Robert Nydick, PhD, Management

October 22, 2014 - VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SUSTAINABILITY DAY

  • Seri Park, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • William Stehl, Associate Director, Campus Ministry - Center for Peace and Justice Education
  • Nathaniel Weston, PhD, Geography and the Environment

April 9, 2014

  • Aronte Bennett, PhD, Marketing and Business Law
  • David Dinehart, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Joseph Orkwiszewski, PhD, Biology; Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies

February 25, 2014

  • Amy Fleischer, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
  • Craig Wheeland, PhD, Public Administration; Associate Vice President Academic Affairs
  • Teresa Wojcik, PhD, Education and Counseling

November 12, 2013

  • Theodore Arapis, PhD, Public Administration
  • Shauna MacDonald, PhD, Communications
  • Katina Sawyer, PhD, Psychology

October 9, 2013

  • Rev. Kail C. Ellis, PhD, OSA, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
  • John Y. Gotanda, Dean, Professor of Law

March 20, 2013

  • Mark Doorley, PhD, Ethics
  • Adele Lindenmyer, PhD, History; Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN College of Nursing Professor and Director, PhD Program

November 6, 2012

  • David Barrett, PhD, Political Science
  • Lara Brown, PhD, Political Science
  • Christine Palus, PhD, Public Administration

September 12, 2012

  • Gary Gabriele, PhD, Dean, College of Engineering
  • JeanAnn Linney, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Patrick Maggitti, PhD, Dean, Villanova School of Business

April 17, 2012

  • Fr. Joseph L. Farrell, OSA, Office for Mission & Ministry
  • Terry Nance, PhD, Communications
  • Vito Punzi, PhD, Chemical Engineering

February 6, 2012

  • Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA - Theology and Religious Studies
  • Mary Desmond, PhD, Biology
  • Angela Di Benedetto, PhD, Biology

November 7, 2011

  • Peter Busch, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  • Frank Falcone, MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Fr. Joseph Ryan, OSA, History
  • Rebecca Winer, PhD, History

Witnessing to Our Faith Traditions

November 14, 2019

  • James Kriesel, PhD, Romance Languages & Literature
  • Stephen Liedtka, PhD, Accountancy
  • Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies

October 2, 2019

  • Farshid Baghai, PhD, Philosophy
  • Sherry Burrell, PhD, RN, Nursing
  • Raul Diego Rivera Hernandez, PhD, Romane Languages & Literature

Tuesday October 30, 2018

  • Darren Poley, PhD, CLAS
  • Ross Lee, PhD, Engineering
  • Amanda Grannas, PhD, Chemistry

September 17, 2018

  • Michele Pistone, PhD, Law
  • Robert Giuiliano, PhD, Chemistry
  • Christy Lang Hearlson, PhD, Theology

April 19, 2018

  • Anne P. Schneider, PhD, Nursing
  • Kevin Minbiole, PhD, Chemistry
  • Kerry PC San Chirico, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies

February 7, 2018 

  • Bette Mariani, PhD, Nursing
  • Luca Cottini, PhD, Romance Languages & Literature
  • Christa Bialka, PhD, Education & Counseling

November 7, 2017

  • Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, ACS
  • Juanita Weaver, PhD, Communication
  • Rosario Drago, PhD, Marketing

September 6, 2017

  • Kaley M. Carpenter, PhD, ACS
  • Frank P. Hampton, PhD, Engineering
  • Catherine Todd Magel, PhD, Nursing

March 22, 2017

  • Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  • Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Nursing
  • Chris Schmidt, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Education and Counseling

January 26, 2017

  • Shelley Hickey, MSN, BN, RN, Nursing
  • John Paul Spiro, MA, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program

November 3, 2016

  • Michael J. Campbell, JD, Law
  • Sunny G. Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, Nursing

September 7, 2016

  • Marta Guron, PhD, Chemistry
  • James O’Brien, MA, ME, Mechanical Engineering
  • Alain Phares, PhD, Physics

March 16, 2016

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

January 21, 2016

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

November 10, 2015

  • Seth Matthew Fishman, PhD, Education and Counseling
  • Daniel Regan, PhD, Philosophy
  • Carol Weingarten, PhD, Nursing

September 9, 2015

  • Lawrence Cozzens, PhD, Psychology
  • Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, Nursing
  • Alan Pichanick, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar

March 17, 2015

  • Greg Bonner, PhD, Marketing
  • Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, Nursing
  • Sayed Omran, PhD, Global Interdisciplinary Studies

January 28, 2015

  • Jennifer Joyce, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar; Center for Peace and Justice Education
  • Lawrence Little, PhD, History
  • Alfonso Ortega, PhD, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs; James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Mechanical Engineering

October 1, 2014

  • Hibba Abugideiri, PhD, History
  • Timothy Brunk, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Mercedes Juliá, PhD, Romance Languages and Literature

September 9, 2014

  • Q Chung, PhD, Accountancy and Information Systems        
  • Maghan Keita, PhD, Global Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Rose O’Driscoll, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Nursing

March 18, 2014

  • C. 'Nat' Nataraj, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lisa Rodrigues, PhD, Geography and the Environment
  • Mark Scott, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program

January 29, 2014

  • Christopher Daly, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
  • Michael Levitan, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Sara Reeder, PhD, Nursing

October 23, 2013

  • Edward Garcia Fierros, PhD, Education and Counseling
  • Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, Nursing
  • Rosalind Wynne, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

September 10, 2013 - World Religions Day

  • Marylu Hill, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  • Fr. Joseph Mostardi, OSA, DMin, Campus Ministry
  • Pritpal Singh, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

March 12, 2013

  • Gustavo Benavides, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Michael L. Capella, PhD, Marketing

February 27, 2013

  • Matthew Kerbel, PhD, Political Science
  • James Klingler, PhD, Management
  •  Kathy Overturf, MS, MA, Associate Director, Campus Ministry

November 14, 2012

  • Michael Posner, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Joanna Rotte, PhD, Theatre

September 18, 2012 - World Religions Day

  • Crystal Lucky, PhD, English
  • Douglas Norton, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Catherine Wilson, PhD, Public Administration

April 16, 2012

  • Gunita Grover, PhD, Finance
  • Emil Ricci, PhD, History
  • Paul Sheldon, PhD, Psychology

February 7, 2012

  • Ruth Anolik, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  • David Caudill, JD, Law
  • Jonathan Yates, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies

October 27, 2011

  • Lowell Gustafson, PhD, Political Science
  • Robert Styer, PhD, Mathematics
  • James M. Wilson, PhD, Humanities

Faculty Dialogue Luncheon presenters
Fall 2011 through Spring 2017 (alpha by first name)

• Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, History; Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Alain Phares, PhD, Physics
• Alan Pichanick, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
• Albert Shin, PhD, Ethics
• Alfonso Ortega, PhD, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs;
     James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Mechanical Engineering
• Amy Fleischer, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
  Amy K. Way, PhD, Communications
• Angela Di Benedetto, PhD, Biology
  Anne P. Schneider, PhD, Nursing
• Anthony J. Godzieba, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
• Aronte Bennett, PhD, Marketing and Business Law
  Barbara Zimmerman, PhD, Computer Science
• Barry Selinsky, PhD, Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Development; Chemistry
• Beth Vallen, PhD, Marketing and Business Law
  Bette Mariani, PhD, Nursing
• Bing-Bing Qi, PhD, RN, Nursing
• Bonnie Henderson, PhD, Geography and the Environment
• Bruce Pollack-Johnson, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
• C. 'Nat' Nataraj, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
• Camille Burge, PhD, Political Science
• Carol Weingarten, PhD, Nursing
• Catherine Wilson, PhD, Public Administration
• Charles Zech, PhD, Economics; Center for Church Management and Business Ethics
  Chelsea Phillips, PhD, Theatre
• Chiji Akoma, PhD, English
• Chris Schmidt, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Education and Counseling
  Christa Bialka, PhD, Education & Counseling
  Christy Lang Hearlson, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies
• Christine Palus, PhD, Public Administration
• Christopher Daly, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
• Craig Wheeland, PhD, Public Administration; Associate Vice President Academic Affairs
• Crystal Lucky, PhD, English
• Daniel Regan, PhD, Philosophy
• David Barrett, PhD, Political Science
• David Caudill, JD, Law
• David Dinehart, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
• David Fiorenza, MBA, Economics
• Denise Hanes Downey, PhD, Accountancy
  Dennis WyKoff, PhD, Biology
• Dorothy Skaf, PhD, Chemical Engineering
• Douglas Norton, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
• Edward Garcia Fierros, PhD, Education and Counseling
  Edward Fitzpatrick, PhD, Astronomy & Astronomy
• Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  Elizabeth Petit de Mange, PhD, Nursing
• Emil Ricci, PhD, History
  Farshid Baghai, PhD, Philosophy
• Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA, Theology and Religious Studies
• Fr. Joseph L. Farrell, OSA, Office for Mission & Ministry
• Fr. Joseph Mostardi, OSA, DMin, Campus Ministry
• Fr. Joseph Ryan, OSA, History
• Frank Falcone, MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Gary Gabriele, PhD, Dean, College of Engineering
• Gaynor Strickler, PhD, Sociology
• Greg Bonner, PhD, Marketing
• Gunita Grover, PhD, Finance
• Gustavo Benavides, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
• Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Nursing
• Hibba Abugideiri, PhD, History
  Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies
• James Emig, PhD, CPA, Accountancy and Information Systems
• James Klingler, PhD, Management
  James Kreisel, PhD, Romance Languages & Literature
• James M. Wilson, PhD, Humanities
• James O’Brien, MA, ME, Mechanical Engineering
• Jean Ann Linney, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
• Jennifer Joyce, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar; Center for Peace and Justice Education
• Joanna Rotte, PhD, Theatre • John Durnin, PhD, Education and Counseling
• John Immerwahr, PhD, Philosophy
• John Paul Spiro, MA, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
• John Y. Gotanda, Dean, Professor of Law
• Jonathan Yates, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
• Joseph Orkwiszewski, PhD, Biology; Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Studies
  Justinus A. Satrio (Engineering)
• Kate Meloney, MSS, MLSP, Sociology-CRM
• Kathy Overturf, MS, MA, Associate Director, Campus Ministry
• Katina Sawyer, PhD, Psychology
  Kerry San Chirico, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
• Kevin Hughes, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  Kevin Minbiole, PhD, Chemistry
• Klaus E. Volpert, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
• Lara Brown, PhD, Political Science
• Lawrence Cozzens, PhD, Psychology
• Lawrence Little, PhD, History
• Linda Carman Copel, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC, NCC, CNE, ANEF, FAPA, Nursing
• Lisa Rodrigues, PhD, Geography and the Environment
• Louise Russo, PhD, Biology
• Lowell Gustafson, PhD, Political Science
  Luca Cottini, PhD, Romance Languages & Literature
• M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Ed D, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
• Maghan Keita, PhD, Global Interdisciplinary Studies
• Mark Doorley, PhD, Ethics
• Mark Scott, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
• Marta Guron, PhD, Chemistry
• Mary Desmond, PhD, Biology
• Mary T. Kelly, PhD, Economics
• Marylu Hill, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
• Matthew Kerbel, PhD, Political Science
• Matthew Liberatore, PhD, Management and Operations
• Mercedes Juliá, PhD, Romance Languages and Literature
• Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, Nursing
• Michael J. Campbell, JD, Law
• Michael L. Capella, PhD, Marketing
• Michael Levitan, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
• Michael Posner, PhD, Mathematics and Statistics
  Michele Picstone, PhD, Law
• Michelle M Kelly, PhD, CRNP, Nursing
• Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN College of Nursing Professor and Director, PhD Program
• Nathaniel Weston, PhD, Geography and the Environment
• Olukunle Owolabi, PhD, Political Science
• Patrick Maggitti, PhD, Dean, Villanova School of Business
• Paul Sheldon, PhD, Psychology
• Peter Busch, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
  Peter Koch, PhD, Philosophy
• Pritpal Singh, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Q Chung, PhD, Accountancy and Information Systems
• Rachel J. Smith, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  Raisa Velthuis, PhD,  Finance
• Raul Diego Rivera Hernandez, PhD, Romance Languages
  Rebecca Winer, PhD, History
  Rebecca Feldman, JD, Law
• Rev. Kail C. Ellis, PhD, OSA, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  Robert Giuliano, PhD, Chemistry
• Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., WRE, Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Robert Nydick, PhD, Management
• Robert Styer, PhD, Mathematics
• Rosalind Wynne, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Rose O’Driscoll, MSN, RN, Assistant Dean for Administration, College of Nursing
• Ruth Anolik, PhD, Augustine and Culture Seminar
• Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, Nursing
• Sally Scholz, PhD, Philosophy
• Sara Reeder, PhD, Nursing
• Sayed Omran, PhD, Global Interdisciplinary Studies
• Seri Park, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Seth Matthew Fishman, PhD, Education and Counseling
• Shauna MacDonald, PhD, Communications
• Shelley Hickey, MSN, BN, RN, Nursing
• Sherry Perlmutter Bowen, PhD, Communication
  Sherry Burrell, PhD, RN,  Nursing
• Sohail Chaudhry, PhD, Management and Operations
  Stephen Liedtka, PhD, Accountancy
• Sunny G. Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, Nursing
• Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN, Nursing
• Teresa Wojcik, PhD, Education and Counseling
• Terry Nance, PhD, Communications
  Theresa Capriotti, PhD, Nursing
• Theodore Arapis, PhD, Public Administration
• Timothy Brunk, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies
  Troy Shirangi, PhD,  Biology
• Vikram K. Iyengar, PhD, Biology
• Virginia Smith, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Vito Punzi, PhD, Chemical Engineering
• William Stehl, Associate Director, Campus Ministry - Center for Peace and Justice Education