Center for Faith and Learning

The Center for Faith and Learning provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community. The Center promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.

The Center for Faith and Learning is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions.

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Faith & Learning Scholars Program
Front row left to right: Maria Camila Peralta, Kayla Jones, Mackenzie Helmick, Elizabeth Cangialosi, Emily Tenuta, Dr. Bette Mariani, Alison Mabery, Taylor Spurlock, Kelsey Hanson, Andrew Stock, Gabriella Berman, and Dr. Hassel. Middle row left to right: Courtney Morrissette, Maura Dougherty, Caroline Dolan, Sarah Hopkins, Dr. Stefanie Knauss, Dr. Rachel Smith, Alexandra Brodin, Dr. Alan Pichanick, Paul Elhallal. Back Row left to right: Dr. James M. Wilson, Patrick Wenger, Nicholas Crowley, Thomas Palazzolo, Dr. Nancy Sharts-Hopko, Dr. Robert Styer, Gregory Branigan, Dr. Christopher Daly, Evan Kurt, Erin Peterson, and Dr. Peter Busch. Not pictured are Faculty Mentors: Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA, Dr. Denise Hanes-Downey and Dr. Tamara Kear; and Senior Scholars Megan Appleton, Patrick Connolly, Fizza Javed, Robert Kluge, Kara McPeak and Faith Wells.

Senior Scholars and Faculty Mentors at the Recognition Dinner Dialogue Thursday, April 6, 2017 together with Founding Director Dr. Beth Hassel, PBVM, DMin (front row, far right) read and discussed over dinner “Thinking Vocationally: Wisdom for the Road” by Gordon Smith. 

Graduating seniors of the “Faith and Learning Scholars” program were recognized at the close of the evening, receiving certificates and Honor Cords representing faith and wisdom.

The formation process for the '18-'21 community of faculty Mentors and student Scholars (current first year students who will be sophomores in Fall 2018) is now completed. 

Click on Mentor Application and Scholar applications posted at right

Please let us know any questions you may have.

Goals and Objectives

  • provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community.
  • promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.
  • is rooted in the Catholic/Christian intellectual tradition and is a place where transformative, intellectual life is in dialogue with all faith traditions. 
  • seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to grow in knowledge of the intersections between and among religion, faith, learning and lived experience.
  • is always ready to collaborate with these constituencies of the Villanova community, inclusive of religious affiliation, to explore how faith not only enriches our lives, but also the community of which we are members. 

The Office for Mission & Ministry animates Villanova’s commitment to living out its mission in every facet of University life. The Office promotes an inclusive vision of the Catholic intellectual tradition; coordinates a variety of initiatives relating to the University’s Augustinian heritage and Catholic identity; encourages programs and research on contemporary issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching; ensures that the spiritual and sacramental needs of Catholic students are met; invites students, faculty and staff of various religious traditions to experience opportunities for the flourishing of their own personal faith life; and extends our Augustinian mission and the work of Villanova University in ways which will assure its contribution to the continued social and spiritual transformation of our world. 

The Center for Faith and Learning supports and helps to facilitate the goals and objectives of the Office for Mission and Ministry with the following opportunities.

Learning Communities

The mission of Villanova University's learning communities is to enhance student learning by creating integrated learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom as students transition to college life. Learning communities have 3 main components, all of which will add to your experience as a First-Year Student at Villanova.

  • The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is a discussion-based class with about 16 students in each. In this intimate setting, students read texts, engage in conversations about "big questions," and get to know each other and their professor. ACS focuses on the heart of human experience: 
    • Who Am I? 
    • What does it mean to be human? 
    • How should I interact with the world around me?
  • Students in most of learning communities live together in one of the residence halls located on the South Campus. Because students are living and learning together, friendships form quickly and the students form a community that is uniquely strong. Learning community students often find "friends for life" in this first-year experience.
  • Students select a theme that they'll explore as part of their learning community experience. The theme serves as the year-long focus of the learning community. The theme is explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets weekly in the residence hall.

The Faith and Reason Learning Community

The Faith and Reason Learning Community is sponsored by the Center and will be led by Beth Hassel and Paul Camacho.

We are particularly interested in creating dialogue among students who are open to exploring relationships, who see the college experience as an opportunity to learn not only about things, but themselves, each other, and how all of these relate to God.

More specifically, the Faith and Reason Learning Community will explore:

  • the student's approach to the meaning of life
  • the meaning of personal religious faith
  • the theories of faith development
  • the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations
  • the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making
  • how academics can enhance a holistic approach to ones life and vocation

Other Programs

The Center for Faith and Learning looks to support any individual or group interested in the intersections between and among religion, faith, learning and lived experience. To this end, the Center is always ready to collaborate with students, faculty or staff, regardless of religious affiliation, to explore how faith not only enriches our lives but the community of which we are members. 

New Employee Mission Orientation

The Center currently assists the Office for Mission & Ministry and the Department of Human Resources with  New Employee Mission Orientation on the topic of  the Catholic and Augustinian tradition of Villanova University.

New Faculty Visits

The Center currently assists the Office for Mission & Ministry by providing a visit to new faculty.  Faculty who are new to Villanova University are invited to have the Director visit with them for a short time at their office to be welcomed, to have an opportunity to learn more about the mission of the University and specifically about the programs for all faculty offered by the Center for Faith and Learning.

If you have suggestions or specific needs related to faith and learning, please contact the Center at: beth.hassel@villanova.edu.

Upcoming Events

Faculty Dialogue Luncheons

Exploring Teaching as Vocation
Monday, March 19, 12:00pm in Corr Hall Lounge

  • Barbara Zimmerman, PhD, CLAS
  • Justinus A. Satrio, PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Amy McKeever, PhD, Nursing

Witnessing to Our Faith Traditions
Thursday, April 18; 12:00pm in Corr Hall Lounge

  • Anne P. Schneider, PhD, Nursing
  • Kevin Minbiole, PhD, Chemistry
  • Kerry PC San Chirico, PhD, Theology & Religious Studies
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The Center for Faith & Learning Scholars program is now accepting applications for
the 2018-2019 academic year.
See links below.
 

Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst.
Corr Hall 103 & 104
[610] 519–3261

* Scholars Program explanation 2018-2019.pdf
Center for Faith and Learning Scholar Program Explanation