As students enjoyed their last
days of summer, about 30 faculty members attended the 2013 Faculty
Summer Seminar II, Understanding Values, co-sponsored by the Center for
Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership. The
four-day seminar--taking place between August 19 and 22--focused on how
faculty could communicate ethics and values to their students in order
to prepare them to make good career and life decisions.
Father Brian Cronin, professor at Duquesne University, facilitated
each of the seminar's eight sessions that highlighted Bernard Lonergan's
approach to values, ethics, and feelings. The sessions' topics included
The Values Situation, From Truth to Value, Understanding Values, Role
of Intellect in Knowing Values, the Role of Feeling in Knowing Values,
Teaching Values, Values and Institutions, and Implementation.
One faculty member wrote in the seminar evaluation, "I believe that 'values' are a topic of much relevance in a globalized world." Because
the world becomes more globalized every day and different cultures
intermix, values remain relevant guideposts for actions. The seminar
addressed how to better fulfill the Seton Hall's mission of preparing
students for ethical leadership in a global society.
In the final conversations of the seminar, faculty discussed the idea
of role models as a way to teach values, and role models' impact on
Seton Hall students. They proposed that they, among others, are the
students' role models and should teach values through their actions as
well as their words. Fr. Cronin stated that using role models allowed
for the development of feelings, such as inspiration and admiration. In
turn, those feelings could help to teach values.
The faculty also addressed the idea of an individual's "freedom of
responsibility," using free will to choose one's actions. Although
professors can teach their students to be good citizens, they cannot
force the students do the right thing. In response to this problem, the
faculty agreed that their goal is to "plant the seed" of good values and
ethics, so that when the time came for the students to act, the
students would know the option of "doing good."
The participants considered the seminar an overall success in its
goal of providing value theory and promoting discussion on teaching
values. In evaluating the seminar, a faculty member wrote, "I'm able to
have a clearer understanding on how to institute values and ethics in
the classroom." Since 1998, the Center for Catholic Studies has focused
on faculty development and provided the opportunity to focus in depth
on topics central to the purpose of teaching and learning at Seton Hall.
About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic
Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic
intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture,
through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for
faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center
conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core,"
which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center
also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with
its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department
of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with
scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.
Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the
sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures,
seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty
development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual
Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and
is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as
well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer
opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs
related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for
Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social
Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider
business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious
Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.
For more information, visit www.shu.edu/go/ccs
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