Manresa for Faculty

Stepping StonesImagine for a moment the stepping stones of an academic career: a passion or deep interest, graduate school, a teaching appointment, pre-tenure, research, grant-writing, tenure, mentoring new faculty, administrative work, full-professor, emeritus status.

Or follow another path when a professional brings skills and experience to the mix valued by a variety of disciplines and also important to the learning process of the students, perhaps full-time or maybe as an adjunct or part-time faculty member.

The vocation journey of the teacher/scholar is challenging yet filled with opportunities. Manresa for Faculty supports faculty members on the various steps of their careers in a Catholic, Jesuit University. Manresa (Man-ree-suh) is a town in Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, spent a year in prayer and discernment about the future direction of his own vocation path.

Manresa for Faculty has four focal points:

  • To create space and conversation points for faculty to reflect upon the meaning of their vocations at various points in the professional careers. This discernment is akin to the work they are often called to do with students as well.
  • To develop a deep understanding and effective use of Ignatian pedagogy in the classroom, building on the 500 year tradition of writing and practices begun by St. Ignatius. This will include connections to community based/service learning, education for social justice, faith formation and vocation discernment.
  • To foster the use of contemplative pedagogies across the disciplines, not only as a component of Ignatian pedagogy, but also in light of research driven appreciation of contemplative practices as effective teaching tools which is part of a larger national conversation in higher education.
  • To cultivate within faculty an understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the Jesuit Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic Higher Education.

Manresa for Faculty accomplishes these goals through seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and faculty learning communities.