Animated leaf Heartland/Delta faculty conversations:
The Global Network of
Jesuit Higher Education

February 19-21, 2016, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Heartland/Delta Faculty Conversations provide faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities with a unique opportunity to discuss their common mission and its practical applications for teaching, research, and service. Traditionally, a Midwestern regional gathering, this year's HD Faculty Conversations will be open to faculty from all Jesuit higher education institutions in the U.S.. Please join us for a stimulating conference that will link you to the work of Jesuit universities around the world.

Major Speakers

Keynote: Suffering and Solidarity: A Challenge for Jesuit Universities

Rev. José Idiáquez, S.J.

Idiaquez PhotoRev. José Alberto Idiáquez Guevara, S.J. is the Rector (President) of the University of Central America (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua.  Fr. Idiaquez has a Licentiate in Philosophy and Social Sciences from the Free Institute of Philosophy and Science of the Society of Jesus in Mexico, a Master’s in Divinity from University Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador, and an M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Austin in Texas.  Prior to his role as Rector, he served as Provincial Superior for the Jesuits of Central America, Novice Master of the Central American Province, Vice Rector of the UCA in Managua, and Superior of the Central American Jesuit high schools.  He has also served as Director of the magazine Sending the Central American Jesuit University

Fr. Idiáquez’s experience as a graduate student of the Jesuits who were assassinated in El Salvador in 1989, and as a close friend to Elba and Celina Ramos (the two women killed with the Jesuits) has had a profound impact on his approach to Jesuit higher education and a life of faith.  Serving in a poor parish of San Salvador, he accompanied peasant populations who were refugees during the war. He has worked extensively with immigrants and served at Dolores Mission Parish in Los Angeles.

Fr. Idiaquez’s two books include The Cult of the Ancestors: In the Religious Worldview of the Garifuna in Nicaragua and In Search of Hope: Ngäbe Migration to Costa Rica and Its Impact on Youth.  His articles explore the themes of globalization and migration, as well as the topic of teamwork in Ignatian settings. 

Note: Unforeseen circumstances will prevent Fr. Idiáquez from attending the conference in person. He has pre-recorded his address and will respond live, via Skype, to participant questions and comments.


Healing Earth: A Living Textbook of the International Jesuit Ecologyy Project

Dr. Nancy Tuchman

Dr. Nancy TuchmanNancy C. Tuchman is an Aquatic Ecologist whose research focuses on human impacts on Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems.  Her 26-year academic and administrative career at Loyola University Chicago is rooted in the Biology Department where she holds the rank of Professor. Tuchman’s work is greatly inspired by the Jesuit mission of educating the whole person, serving people at the margins, and protecting our common home, Earth.  To that end, she partners with colleague Michael Schuck in co-Directing the development and management of a free online environmental science textbook entitled Healing Earth, designed for high school seniors and college freshmen world-wide.  Healing Earth raises students’ scientific awareness, probes the ethical implications of our environmental crises, challenges students to think deeply about the meaning of the natural world in our lives, and calls all of us to action that heals the Earth.

Dr. Michael Schuck

Dr. Michael SchuckMichael Schuck is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, where he has taught for 30 years. Dr. Schuck’s specialization is Roman Catholic social thought, about which he has written extensively.  His most recent book is an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices From Four Continents (Fordham Press, 2016) which he co-edited with John Crowley-Buck. Over the past six years he has focused his scholarly work on directing interdisciplinary international projects, including the Democracy, Culture and Catholicism International Research Project (2010-2013) and the International Jesuit Ecology Project (2011- present) which is producing the online environmental science textbook, Healing Earth.


Beyond Melbourne- Resources for Campus Conversations on Global Jesuit Education

Rev. Daniel McDonald, S.J.

Rev. Daniel McDonald, S.J.Daniel McDonald, S.J.  serves as the Provincial Assistant for Higher Education for the Chicago - Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces.  His academic area is Social Psychology, which he taught at Marquette University and then for eleven years at the Gregorian University in Rome.  Along with teaching in Rome, he served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Dean, CFO and then Vice Rector (Exec VP).  Prior to his Rome assignment, he worked at the Jesuit Conference in Washington D.C. and then as the first Director of Mission and Identity at Marquette University.  His research areas are health care, strategic planning, the sociology of knowledge and Catholic Social Teaching.




Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins

Dr. Mary McFarland

Dr. Mary McFarlandAs the International Director of Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), Dr. Mary McFarland is accountable for global leadership of the vision and mission of JC:HEM. She works closely with many Universities and on-site partners such as Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Her time on-site with students and staff at JC:HEM locations ensures a first hand understanding of what access to higher education means to those at the margins. Dr. McFarland has served on several Boards, she is a past Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson nurse executive leadership group, and she was Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Gonzaga University where she continues her tenured professorship.


Developing Intercultural Competencies in Our Students: A Facilitated Discussion

Terence Miller

Terence MillerTerence Miller is senior international officer (SIO) for Marquette University. He oversees International Student and Scholar Services, Study Abroad, the English as a Second Language Program and manages strategic international partnerships. He has eighteen years of experience working in higher education in the field of international education as director of Overseas Programs and Partnerships in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education and as director of International and Intercultural Education at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey. Terry received his B.A. cum laude in Peace Studies and Government from Manhattan College. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from St. John’s University. For five years he was a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York.


Global Jesuit Case Series

Dr Jim Joseph

Dr. James JosephJames Joseph is the dean of the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College. As dean, Dr. Joseph has been instrumental in putting the Madden School on the global stage. He has launched the Global Jesuit Case Series, signed eight international collaboration agreements, and lectured on five continents. Dr. Joseph was instrumental in moving the Woodstock Business Conference to the Le Moyne from Georgetown University. Furthermore, he has personally recruited StartFast, the Family Business Center, and the Famous Entrepreneur Series to the Madden School. He also reinvigorated the Madden Mentor Program. He currently serves on the boards of the Austin, Texas-based Stratus Properties and Eagle Group of New Delhi, India, and is the president of the board of Utica Notre Dame Schools.



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