Goals and Objectives

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.
  • promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.
  • is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Center for Faith & Learning is currently facilitating three communities:

  • St. Monica II, VU Seniors (3 year program completion Spring 2018)
  • St. Thomas of Villanova II, VU Juniors (3 year program completion Spring 2019) 
  • St. Augustine III, VU Sophomores (3 year program completion Spring 2020

The Center is currently recruiting for a 4th Community from current VU Freshman: St. Monica III (3 year program will complete Spring 2021)

Goal

The Center for Faith and Learning staff will:

  • provide the structure and oversight for a Faith and Learning Scholars Program. 
  • seeks to prepare the next generation of students to integrate faith and learning into their emerging adult lives. 
  • hopes to encourage young scholars to consider advanced degrees and life in the academy as a future vocation. 

Objectives

Faith and Learning Scholars Program Mentors

Faith and Learning Scholars 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
  • provide a directory including a description of program objectives and photographs and names of all members

Program Mentors will:

  • attend four (4) dinner/dialogues [three (3) individual and one (1) final annual Recognition Dinner Dialogue 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 program Scholars

Faith and Learning Scholars 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
  • provide a directory including a description of program objectives and photographs and names of all members

Program Scholars will:

  • be encouraged, supported and mentored in the integration of faith and learning
  • 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 of Program:

Interviews and surveys with:

  • Student Scholars
  • Faculty Mentors
For more Information about the Scholar program, CLICK HERE.

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

  • to provide opportunities for faculty to share personal stories and wisdom on how teaching in their chosen discipline is their vocation
  • to provide opportunities for faculty to share their faith tradition, and to acknowledge how these enrich the Catholic Augustinian Villanova community

Assessment:

  • feedback from sessions
  • levels of participation

For more information about the Faculty Dialogue Luncheon Program, CLICK HERE.

 

New Faculty Outreach

Goal:  

  • The Center for Faith and Learning will build on the relationship established at the New Faculty Orientation by offering to each new faculty member a visit with the Faith & Learning Director in their own office at their convenience in order to continue the warm welcome and to provide materials on the Center's Mission. 
  • In the Spring the Center for Faith and Learning will mail the Faith and Learning Reader to each new faculty member, continuing to build the relationship.

Assessment:  

  • Informal, unsolicited feedback

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:

  • the student's approach to the meaning of life
  • the meaning of personal religious faith
  • the theories of faith development
  • the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations
  • the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making
  • how academics can enhance a holistic approach to one’s life and vocation

Assessment:

Interviews:

  • with first year student participants
  • with two student facilitators
  • with Dr. Paul Camacho

CATS

Project evaluations

Testing comprehension

Evaluation with Dr. Paul Camacho and Beth Hassel

For more information, CLICK HERE to go to Learning Communities webpage

New Faculty Mission Orientation- Collaboration with VITAL

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

 

New Employee Mission Orientation – Collaboration with Human Resources

Goal:

  • To welcome and to share the Mission of Villanova University

Objectives:

  • To present a Power Point on the Mission of VU
  • To provide materials on the Mission of VU

Tolle Lege
“Fast Facts” brochure
Office for Mission and Ministry brochure
“Heart of the Matter” (University publication)
To be a warm welcome
To offer appropriate information that is helpful to a new employee

Assessment:

Feedback from:

  • Human Resources
  • New employees
* 2016 CFL Goals Objectives.pdf
2016-2017 Goals and Objectives, Center for Faith and Learning
Center for Faith and Learning  Logo

 

Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst.
Corr Hall 103 & 104
[610] 519–3261

* Scholars Program explanation 2018-2019.pdf
Center for Faith and Learning Scholar Program Explanation