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Ignatian Faculty Development

The future of Jesuit higher education at Fordham depends upon faculty, drawn from diverse backgrounds, who are responsible for ensuring that Fordham’s mission and the Ignatian values underlying that mission animate faculty research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

The Ignatian Faculty Development Program aims to ensure that faculty across schools and colleges, departments and programs, centers, institutes, and governing bodies are prepared to assume responsibility for sustaining Fordham’s mission for decades to come.

Opportunities for Faculty

Ignatian Faculty Development opportunities include:

Seminars aimed at welcoming newly hired faculty, as well as topical seminars for faculty from every stage in their careers. Seminar participants are drawn from across schools and disciplines and are invited to consider issues of critical importance to contemporary intellectual life, including issues of diversity and inclusion, academic freedom and campus free speech, and the place of public engagement in higher education today.

Retreats during which faculty consider two main ideas: first, how their work as researchers, teachers, mentors, and colleagues has enriched their lives and enabled them to enrich the lives of others; and second, and how they might draw on the resources of Fordham’s mission to enhance and expand such enrichment.

Immersion trips that enable faculty to have meaningful engagement with people living on the margins of society. These promote critical examination of the commitment to advancing justice that is a hallmark of Jesuit higher education.

For more information, contact James P. McCartin, associate professor of theology and Ignatian Faculty Fellow at jmccartin1@fordham.edu or 212-636-7492.