Catholic Social Teaching & the Curriculum

Faculty Fellowships May 21–24, 2018

Available Fellowships: 12
Deadline for Application: February 23, 2018

Purpose

To promote the incorporation of Catholic social teaching into existing course syllabi and the development of new courses with a significant Catholic social teaching component.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty are eligible to participate. We welcome scholars without regard to religious belief, and we particularly encourage junior faculty members and younger scholars to apply.

Description

The Office for Mission & Ministry will sponsor a summer seminar for Villanova University faculty on “Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice.” Catholic social teaching is a humanistic tradition of inquiry. It transcends our usual categories of conservative and liberal when investigating social, economic, and political reality. It articulates the dignity and social nature of each person. Further, it explores how a Christian understanding of the person and society works to improve human institutions and practices. It examines the importance of values as foundational for professional life and the attainment of the common good. The vision of a consistent ethic in professional life is a work in progress -- Catholic social teaching attempts to provide a foundational methodology for such a consistent ethic.

Activities

In May, daily seminars will include Continental breakfast and lunch and will be followed by seminar sessions. Afternoon sessions will include discussion of course syllabi and interdisciplinary applications, with most days ending at 4:00 pm. 

Topics

Seminars will address the overarching themes of justice, human dignity, work, solidarity, and consumption. Contemporary issues, treated through the reading of the Social Encyclicals and related materials will include:

  • Essential Elements of Catholic Social Thought
  • Scriptural Conceptions of Justice
  • Catholic Social Thought and Economic Justice
  • Catholic Social Thought and Human Work
  • Pacem in Terris and Human Rights
  • Popolorum Progessio and Justice in the World
  • Catholic Relief Services and the Refugee Crisis
  • Service Learning: Scholarship for the Common Good
  • Additional topics addressing "the signs of the times."

Application Instructions

Deadline: February 23, 2018

All information, including a letter of support, must meet the deadline specified. A complete application consists of the following:

  • Typed or printed and signed application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from your Department Chair or Program Director
  • Statement of your interest and goals for this fellowship in relationship to the topic of the  "Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice" following these guidelines:
    • Describes the applicant's current course possibilities
    • Specifies how this work draws upon Catholic (or other Christian, Jewish, or Islamic) intellectual traditions
    • Explains what the applicant wishes to achieve by participating in the seminar

Stipend: $1000
[Based on daily participation and submission of revised syllabus

Annual Workshop

Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice is a curriculum development workshop designed to encourage faculty to become familiar with the core principles of Catholic social teaching and to explore ways to enrich an existing course syllabus with exposure to Catholic social teaching.

Our May Workshop is offered to Villanova faculty only.

May Workshop Resources

2018 Program Schedule
Coming in the spring
Daily Reading Assignments
Coming in the spring

Submission Address

Send application materials to:

Office for Mission & Ministry
Faculty Curriculum Development Workshop
104 Corr Hall

Email: barbara.wall@villanova.edu