Faith and Learning Mentors

Faculty from all colleges of the University who are interested in exploring  the intersection of faith and learning are welcome to participate in the Center for Faith & Learning Scholar program.

Mentors and Scholars will share in a three-year faith-learning journey together. 

To view a list of the current Faculty Mentors, please CLICK HERE.


This is a 3 year program. Faculty members who begin their Mentoring service in Fall 2018 will conclude their experience in Spring 2021 when their Scholar(s) graduate.

The Faith and Learning Scholars Program function as one large intentional faith community. Together, Mentors and Scholars explore the vocation of the mind and the intersection of faith and learning in the writings of leading Academics.

The Center is currently facilitating three communities - a total of 110 student Scholars and 76 faculty Mentors:

  • St. Monica II Group (32 Senior Scholars, 23 Mentors)
  • St. Thomas of Villanova II community (40 Junior Scholars, 28 Mentors)
  • St. Augustine III group (38 Sophomore Scholars, 25 Mentors)

Each academic year, there are

  • 3 Dinner Dialogues for each community (see above) and
  • 1 Dinner Dialogue for all to meet as a complete community.

Each dinner is a 2 hour commitment.

The Center for Faith and Learning will provide structure and oversight for a variety of mentor-scholar interactions. 

  • Students and faculty meet for dinner to discuss assigned reading relevant to the nature, purposes, and challenges of faith and learning. 
  • Students and faculty will be encouraged to participate in other relevant campus programs as opportunities are identified.
  • Ideally, the Faculty Mentors will continue the Scholar Mentoring relationship until the student has graduated.

Mentors will:

  • attend 4 Dinner Dialogues together with their scholars, encouraging exploration of ideas about the readings and fostering community. This is a 2 hour commitment 4 times during an academic year.
  • be asked to review a reading and participate in a discussion with other Mentors and Scholars at each of the dinners. To view past reading selections, CLICK HERE.
  • be available (when possible and/or requested) to student scholars for discernment in their life choices.
  • assess and evaluate the Scholar program.

Faculty members can both nominate themselves to become a program Mentor or may be nominated by another faculty member.

  • To view the Mentor application or to complete a Mentor application, please click on the link on the right or CLICK HERE
  • To nominate a faculty member as a Mentor for the upcoming year, please contact Beth Hassel.
  • To view a list of current program Mentors, CLICK HERE.
  • To view a list of all program Mentors, CLICK HERE.

The Center for Faith and Learning Faculty Mentor Program seeks to: 

  • support and affirm faculty whose teaching and research incorporates the intersection of faith and reason
  • provide opportunities for faculty conversations concerning the vocation of the life of the mind
  • invite faculty to be role models for students to interact with faculty whose teaching and research are vocational, rooted in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Through the intentional work of these faculty Villanova University 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.

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Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst. (parttime)

Corr Hall, Rooms 3 and 4 
(610) 519–3261

* Scholars Program explanation 2018-2019.pdf
Please note: The application process for the Scholar program is currently closed. The application submission process will re-open again in January 2019.