Goals and Objectives

Goals, Objectives, Assessment Process:

2015-2016 (final:  October 12, 2015)

Overall Goal: 

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. The Center promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.

The Center for Faith and Learning is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions. 

The Center for Faith and Learning 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. To this end, the Center 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:

1.       Faith and Reason  First Year VCLE/ACS  Living Community  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/faith_learning/communities.html

 

2.       Faith and Learning Scholars Program – three communities:  St. Monica II Scholars (2015-2018), St. Augustine II Scholars (2014-2017) and St. Thomas of Villanova Scholars (2013-2016).

·         Faculty Mentor Program

·         Student Scholar Program

3.       New Employee Mission Orientation

4.       New Faculty Mission Orientation – Collaboration with VITAL; Welcome – offering an invitation for meeting on Mission, inviting faculty to understand and engage in Mission

5.       Faculty Outreach

·         Faculty Dialogue Luncheons focusing on

o    Teaching as Vocation

o    Witnessing to our Faith Traditions and their enrichment of the Catholic Augustinian community

·         Faculty Social

o    University-wide All Faculty Wine and Cheese reception

·         To partner with VITAL

 

 

1.      Faith and Reason First Year VCLE/ACS Living Community

Goal:   To offer a living/ learning ACS/VCLE academic course to first year students so that a community of learners will engage in intellectual dialogue based on the integration of faith and reason.

Objectives:

·         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:

o    the student's approach to the meaning of life

o    the meaning of personal religious faith

o    the theories of faith development

o    the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations

o    the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making

o    how academics can enhance a holistic approach to one’s life and vocation

 

Assessment and Assessment Measurement Tools:

·         Interviews:

o   with first year student participants

o   with two student facilitators

o   with Dr. Elizabeth-Jane McGuire

·         CATS

·         Project evaluations

·         Testing comprehension

·         Evaluation with Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, Beth Hassel and student facilitators

 

2.      Faith and Learning Scholars Program

 

Goal: The Center for Faith and Learning will provide the structure and oversight for a Faith and Learning Scholars Program.  The Center for Faith and Learning 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. 

 

In Year Two the goal was to establish the second Faith and Learning Scholars Program community, which would run concurrently with the Year One Faith and Learning Scholars community, who have named themselves the St. Augustine group.

 

In Year Three the goal was to have three Faith and Learning Scholars Program communities in three concurrently running groups.  Additionally, there will be tracking of alumni Scholars and Mentors and a potential newsletter.

 

In Year Four the goal was to have three more fully staffed Faith and Learning Scholars Program communities (the goal is to have 30 scholars and 15 mentors per group) in three concurrently running groups, providing opportunities for all to gather as one faith community three times a year, twice more informally and once at the shared fourth dinner, the Recognition Dinner Dialogue.  Additionally, there continues to be tracking of alumni Scholars and Mentors and exploration of ways to include these members into the whole faith community.

 

In Year Five the goal is the same as Year Four, refining practices to deepen relationships between Scholars and their Mentors, and between all members and the Center.

 

Objectives:  Faith and Learning Mentors

 

Faith and Learning 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

·         set the calendar for a minimum of 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

 

Mentors will:

·         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

 

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

 

Scholars will:

·         be encouraged, supported and mentored in the integration of learning and faith

·         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 and Assessment Measurement Tools:

·         Interviews, end of year surveys, and informal feedback:

o   with student scholars

o   with faculty mentors

 

3.      New Employee Mission Orientation

Goal: To welcome and to share the Mission of Villanova University

Objectives:

·         To present a Power Point on the Mission of VU

·         To provide a handout on the Mission of VU

·         To be a warm welcome

·         To offer appropriate information that is helpful to a new employee

 

Assessment and Assessment Measurement Tools:

·         Informal feedback from Human Resources

·         Informal feedback from new employees

 

4.      New Faculty Mission Orientation – Collaboration with VITAL;  Welcome – offering an invitation for meeting on Mission, inviting faculty to understand and engage in Mission

 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 follow up on the first encounter at Orientation and offer to meet one-on-one with new faculty members in their offices to share the Mission of VU, building the relationship between faculty and the mission, sharing the scope of opportunities for faculty offered by the Office for  Mission and Ministry

·         To offer ongoing opportunities for faculty to understand and contribute to the mission of VU.

 

Assessment and Assessment Measurement Tools:

·         Informal feedback from participants

 

5.      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

 

o   to provide opportunities for faculty to share personal stories and wisdom on how teaching in their chosen discipline is their vocation

o   to provide opportunities for faculty to share their faith tradition, and to acknowledge how these enrich the Catholic Augustinian Villanova community

 

·         Faculty Social/University-wide All Faculty Wine and Cheese Reception

o   to provide an opportunity to welcome back Villanova University faculty at the beginning of a new academic year, gathering as a University-wide community in a spirit of Augustinian friendship

 

·         To partner with VITAL

Assessments and Assessment Tools:

·         Informal feedback from sessions

·         levels of participation

·         annual survey

* 2015 2016 CFL Goals Objectives.pdf
2015-2016 Goals and Objectives, Center for Faith and Learning
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Senior Scholars Say:

"Our dinner dialogues were always like a breath of fresh air for me -- they helped me take a step back and consider my faith, something that I don't always make time for in my day-to-day life. Those moments became very important to me over the past three years."
"I have had the opportunity to meet a group of people all with the same focus of school and integrated faith.  I never thought I would be able to connect with these students (and faculty) in one setting. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience faith and learning these three years."
"I'm a more confident person. Not just in my faith life, though that's certainly true, but I feel like a more well-rounded individual for having participated in this program. I'm more open. I'm more comfortable talking about myself and my experiences."
* Faculty Mentors application 2016-2017.pdf
2016-2017 Faculty Mentor Application
* Scholars application PDF form 2016-2017.pdf
2016-2017 Scholar application