Past Visiting Faculty

ron hill

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would like to thank Ron Hill, Ph.D., for his contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while he served as a visiting faculty member from 2012-2013. Dr. Hill joined us from the School of Business where he serves as the Richard J. and Barbara Nacleiro Chair. In addition to his other teaching  responsibilities,Dr. Hill teaches a marketing class entitled Philosophy of Exchange with Jim Wetzel, which holds a P&J attribute. Through this class, Ron seeks to conjoin groups of students from business and the arts and sciences to illuminate their  potential intersection and lend greater consciousness to our most persistent practices of exchange. In addition to the social justice aspect of his teaching, his research focuses on issues of social and public policy, including, as he describes, topics such as “homelessness, public-private collaborations, gender equity, consumption and environmental degradation, discrimination, and ethical leadership. Dr. Hill’s research has led to bettering the community worldwide through the implementation of youth entrepreneurship programs in impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia and even electornic waste management in South Asia. His excellence as an educator and profound commitment to bettering the world made Dr. Hill a valued asset to the Peace and Justice department during the 2012-2013 academic year.


Ronald Hill, Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Chair in Business ronald.hill@villanova.edu

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Surviving in a Material World (Spring 2014)
  • Taught MKT 2349 Philosophy of Exchange (PJ Attribute, Spring 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Materialism and World Poverty” (Dec. 2012)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “An Examination of the Impact of Marketplace Exclusion” (with Aronté Marie Bennett, Jan. 2013)
  • Moderated and organized panel: “The Business of Social Justice: Social Enterprises in Theory and Practice” (Feb. 2014) 
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussions: Terra Blight (Feb. 2013); The End of Poverty? (Nov. 2013); Surviving Progress (April 2014)
  •  Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

“As a member of one of the professional schools, I was delighted to get an opportunity to work with people who are passionately pursuing the Augustinian mission of this university. The staff and faculty member of P&J are uniformly dedicated to making the institution as well as the larger world a better place. I am a better professor and human being for having been with them for the past two years.”                                                                                                                               -Ron Hill

gay strickler

The Center for Peace and Justice Education would also like to thank Gay Strickler, Ph.D., for her contribution to the Center for Peace and Justice Education while she served as a 2012-2013 visiting faculty member. Dr. Strickler is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She designed a course based on the integration of her passion for both the arts and issues of social inequality. In her description of the course, Dr. Strickler describes that “Unfortunately, what we find is that those of lower socio-economic status generally do not have the same access to the arts as do their wealthier counterparts. In addition, one can argue that historically art (broadly defined) as embodied by marginalized groups, is often dismissed as inferior by those with the power to judge.” Dr. Strickler’s passion for social justice issues with her unique sociological focus on the arts and social work was a welcome asset to the Center.

Gaynor Strickler, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminologygaynor.strickler@villanova.edu

  • Developed and taught PJ 5000-TOP: Social Justice and the Arts (Fall 2013)
  • Delivered public lecture: “Confronting Social Justice through Art: A Conversation” (March 2013)
  • Presented Freedom School Session: “Women, Protest and the Art of the Arpillera” (January 2013) 
  • Moderated and organized panel: “Social Justice and the Arts: Panel Discussion” (Nov. 2013)
  • Facilitated CPJE Film Series Discussion: Shakespeare Behind Bars (March 2014)
  • Served as liaison with Advising for CLAS
  • Active and treasured member of the CPJE team for two years

 "It was an honor and a pleasure to work with P and J; the work they're doing is both stimulating and important. Plus they're all so darn much fun!"                                                              

  -Gay Strickler

Jim Wetzel

Jim Wetzel has a standing liaison position between CPJE and the Augustinian Institute where he holds the Augustinian Endowed Chair at Villanova University, where he is also a professor of philosophy. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2005, Dr. Wetzel taught for many years at Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Upstate New York. He has held visiting appointments at Notre Dame, Princeton, and Brown. His intellectual (and existential) interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and the religious life, and he has given a great deal of thought to the nature of philosophical piety and the peculiar expression that this piety takes in Augustinian Platonism. He has written three books on Augustine and Augustinian themes and edited a collection of essays on City of God. His teaching interests have taken him into SCI Graterford, where he has been regular presence in Villanova’s program there since the Spring of 2007, and into Bartley Hall, where he has taught VSB courses with his good friend and colleague, Ron Hill, a professor of marketing and business law and a recent faculty fellow at CPJE. A guiding ambition of Dr. Wetzel’s time at CPJE will be to consult with the regular faculty there about sharpening the focus of a projected new course, The Philosophy of the Social Venture, on peace and justice. This is a course whose design has so far been the collaborative work of visionary graduate students in philosophy and business. It is due to have its inaugural run in the Spring of 2015, where it will be taught by Drs. Wetzel and Hill on campus in VSB and conjointly at SCI Graterford. The basic ambition of the course is to offer a forum for attending to the ties between economy, social vision, and spiritual formation and thereby revisiting, in a community of unfixed possibilities, the true business of business.