The Institute for Communication and Religion, within the College of Communication and the Arts, invites University faculty to learn about curriculum development opportunities within the Institute. Faculty are invited to attend workshops on Monday, February 5, from 4-5 p.m. or Tuesday, February 6, from 9-10 a.m. in Arts and Sciences Hall Rm. 206A (Dean’s Suite Conference Room).
Launched in Fall 2017, the Institute for Communication and Religion provides a nexus for ongoing scholarly exploration of communication topics critically important to religion and society. Under the leadership of Monsignor Dennis Mahon, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, and inspired by Nostra Aetate, the Institute enhances the University’s and the College’s sustained leadership in fostering open, clear dialogue and study between religious believers and the broader public in the communication disciplines at the theoretical, professional, and practical levels.
To carry out the Institute’s value of curricular innovation, Catherine Zizik, associate professor of communication, will lead the workshops to facilitate a discussion on new course development and syllabus exploration for the Institute at the graduate and undergraduate level.
“The workshops are devoted to interdisciplinary and interreligious curriculum development,” said Zizik. “I hope the workshops inspire faculty to develop new courses related to communication and religion that will enhance student experience. The possibilities across all disciplines are endless. Why not explore fascinating topics such as: women in religious organizations, nature and spirituality, or even the Jewish modern family?”
Zizik brings to the Institute and workshops more than 30 years of experience as a communication faculty member at Seton Hall University. After receiving her B.A. from Rutgers University, she earned her M.A. from Montclair University and M.F.A. from The George Washington University. She also has extensive experience in leading communication and leadership workshops.
At the workshop, Zizik will share details regarding the Institute’s mission, vision, and values and will provide direction on how to develop new courses tied to the Institute’s ecumenical mission. Eligible faculty will receive a stipend for new developed courses presented at part two of the workshops in March 2018.
The curriculum development workshops are the Institute’s latest initiative. Its inaugural event, “Speaking Truth: Religion in the News Media”, featuring The Wall Street Journal Columnist William McGurn, was held in Fall 2017. A large-scale, interreligious event is also scheduled for the Spring 2018 semester.
To learn more about the curriculum development workshops and to register, please contact Catherine Zizik.