Lonergan Graduate Fellowships
Lonergan Institute

Lonergan Graduate Fellowships

Support of Lonergan scholarship on the graduate level  continues with the award of two Lonergan Graduate Fellowships in Fall  2012. The purpose of the award is to support scholars on a  graduate level who are preparing a thesis on Lonergan's work, which  lends itself to studies that bridge theology and the sciences, with  human studies and methodological issues. Thesis development is reviewed  by the Institute's director, Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, a noted Lonergan  scholar.

About the Fellows:

  • Nancy Lennon PhotoNancy Lennon – Doctoral Candidate,  Educational Administration, Seton Hall University

    'The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate how professors  infuse critical thinking into their college courses. In the new  millennium, critical thinking is an important goal to teach in  college. Seton Hall University has developed a Core Curriculum,  which consists of three required Core (Signature) courses, Journey of  Transformation, Christianity and Culture in Dialogue, and Engaging the  World, to support its strong commitment to teaching critical thinking  to undergraduate students.

    In order to gain a greater understanding of how professors infuse  critical thinking into Core courses, it is necessary to become familiar  with how the Core Committee, which developed guidelines for infusing  critical thinking as one of the core proficiencies, views the  definition of critical thinking. The Core Committee conception of  defining critical thinking is based upon Bernard Lonergan's cognitive  theory, which formulates thinking about thinking (meta cognition) in  terms of dynamic structure, where thinking revolved around the parts of  the whole cognitive process, so human knowing interacts with one's  experience, understanding and judgment.

    In light of understanding Lonergan's thinking through the lens of a  dynamic structure, Lonergan's (GEM) General Empirical Method is rooted  in all levels of cognitive processes of experiencing, understanding,  judging and deciding/acting as a method to teach critical thinking,  this researcher has created a matrix to reveal how the levels of  cognitive processes of experiencing, understanding, judging and  deciding/acting can be infused and interacts as a method in and among  all the three Core (Signature) courses.

    The most decisive question for this study continues to evolve with more  questions and coheres with Lonergan's General Empirical Method  as: how does this researcher think about the method generated by  the research from this qualitative study on how professors infuse  critical thinking into college courses?'

  • Suzanne Geronimi PhotoSuzanne Geronimi – Master of Theology,  Biblical Track, Seton Hall.

    'Like Lonergan, I began my studies in economics, receiving both my  undergraduate and graduate degrees in that field. My career has  focused on international trade and I currently work in consulting,  focusing on import/export trade regulations. My position has  allowed me the opportunity to travel extensively as a speaker on  international supply chain management, and my insight of free trade  agreements and trade barriers has helped me better understand some of  the social injustices caused by our global trading patterns.

    Studying the Trinity in my coursework increased my interest in Bernard  Lonergan's work in this area. My thesis would be focused on  Lonergan's work on the Trinity with the goal of uniting his work with  the contemporary problem of living in a secular world. This would  form the basis of inspiring a renewed interest and appreciation for the  saving grace of the Trinity and a contemporary way to teach methods in  today's world that would inspire Christians to embrace and promote the  Trinity as the center of their lives."

Summer Research Fellows Program

In Summer of 2011, the program was begun to support young  scholars with opportunity to devote time to their study and  advancement of the thought of Bernard J. Lonergan. The  first Summer Fellow, Gregory Floyd, is a PhD candidate at Boston  College working in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion and Lonergan  Studies. He is interested in Lonergan's thought about the  possibility and nature of philosophic discourse on God.

The Lonergan Summer Research Fellow is awarded a stipend  to assist in the academic and administrative tasks of the Lonergan  Institute, including the editing and production of the Lonergan  Review. Time is provided for independent research and scholarship  which is supported by the bibliographic and faculty resources available  through the Institute.

Contact Us

Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
(973) 275-2407
(973) 275-2175
Fax (973) 275-2594
lonerganinstitute@shu.edu
Walsh Library Rm. 428

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