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Faculty Deepen Understanding of Values through Summer Seminar
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Faculty SeminarAs 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.
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