Ignatian Faculty Forum

The Ignatian Faculty Forum (IFF) is a university-wide faculty leadership program established in 2002. The objective of the Ignatian Faculty Forum is to discover the elements of a modern Ignatian spirituality that would be true to the "lived experiences" of faculty members fully engaged in their professional careers. This is not an abstract, idealized spirituality, but one that integrates Ignatian insight with the day to day struggles of teaching, scholarship, and university service as actually experienced by faculty. Specifically the Forum provides a small community of trust in which faculty share joys and struggles as they engage in reflective discernment.

This program is a serious commitment to both the future of Santa Clara's Jesuit heritage and the development of faculty leaders. Accordingly the Provost's Office has made a commitment that University Administration will count participation in the seminar as a major service activity during the year of involvement. In turn, faculty participants commit to attendance at each of the eight dialogues, careful reading of the shared assignments, and thoughtful Forum participation.

2014–15 IFF Dates

  • October 6, 2014
  • November 3, 2014
  • December 1, 2014
  • January 12, 2015
  • February 2, 2015
  • March 2, 2015
  • April 13, 2015
  • May 4, 2015

Facilitators

Diane Dreher

Professor, English Department

 

Alex Zecevic

Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Engineering, School of - Dean's Office
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Engineering, School of - Graduate Programs

 

André Delbecq

J. Thomas and Kathleen McCarthy University Professor and Director, Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership, Management (Academic Department)

 

Kristin Kusanovich

Sr. Lecturer/Modern and Liberal Studies, Theatre and Dance Department

Ignatian Faculty Forum FAQ

What is the Ignatian Faculty Forum?

The Ignatian Faculty Forum (IFF) is a university-wide faculty leadership program established in 2002. The objective of the Ignatian Faculty Forum is to discover the elements of a modern Ignatian spirituality that would be true to the "lived experiences" of faculty members fully engaged in their professional careers. This is not an abstract, idealized spirituality, but one that integrates Ignatian insight with the day to day struggles of teaching, scholarship, and university service as actually experienced by faculty. Specifically the Forum provides a small community of trust in which faculty share joys and struggles as they engage in reflective discernment.

This program is a serious commitment to both the future of Santa Clara's Jesuit heritage and the development of faculty leaders. Accordingly the Provost's Office has made a commitment that University Administration will count participation in the seminar as a major service activity during the year of involvement. In turn, faculty participants commit to attendance at each of the eight dialogues, careful reading of the shared assignments, and thoughtful Forum participation.

Who is invited to participate in each year's new IFF I group?

Participants in IFF I are to be chosen from faculty applicants from a variety of academic disciplines, at different career stages, and from multiple religious traditions. The forums are co-facilitated by a leadership team of faculty who are not Jesuits, although one member of the Jesuit community usually participates in each forum.

How is the IFF structured and what is the commitment?

Hospitality, supper, and reading materials are provided by the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Institute, which funds the leadership and support for this important program. For purposes of calendar planning, the IFF meets the first Monday of each month from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., October through May, with the exception of January, when the Forum meets the second Monday.

There are several elements to the monthly meeting. Critical space is provided for reflecting on the day to day struggles of faculty life, especially through discussion of challenges individual faculty are experiencing as teacher/scholars. Ignatian insight is not explored in the abstract, but through dialogue and reflection. Brief times of inter-religious prayer and meditation are part of the design. The belief is that gifts of the Spirit are needed to arrive at new wisdom. And there is discussion of pre-assigned, supplied, readings based on central themes relevant to the Ignatian tradition, exploring their salience to modern faculty life.

Application Criteria and Information

How to Apply

Deadline: The application deadline for the 2014-15 academic year has passed.

Write a letter (one to two pages, plus your c.v.) addressed to the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, attention IFF Leadership Team, indicating:

  • Your reasons for wishing to participate in the Ignatian Faculty Forum and how they connect to the criteria for selection listed below.
  • The nature of your appointment at the University, your discipline, years at SCU, and your most important activities here.
  • Include with your letter a separate short (one page) curriculum vitae [c.v]/ resumé

Send the letter, plus its attached c.v., to the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (Sobrato Hall 34), Attention IFF Leadership Team. You may also submit electronic applications to Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley (tladriganwhelpley@scu.edu)

Criteria for Selection
  1. Full time faculty appointment to the University.
  2. Demonstrated potential for leadership.
  3. Desire to participate actively in dialogue and reflection within a small community of trust upon ways spirituality and fresh understandings of the Ignatian tradition relate to the scholar-teacher calling.
  4. Interest in contributing to a deepening of the University's Mission and Values.

Note: Each IFF I Forum aims to include faculty members from diverse academic disciplines, differing career stages, gender and ethnic diversity. To assure openness and confidentiality, for the first year of the IFF normally only one new member is accepted from any one Department. All full-time faculty members are welcome to apply, although given one of the Forum’s main objectives, leadership formation, first consideration needs to be given to faculty members with tenure-track or tenured appointments.

Your application implies your commitment to be mindful that your professional schedule (including time scheduled to teach classes) will allow you, barring illness or emergencies, to commit to attend fully each of the eight monthly meetings. If, after you apply, unforeseen circumstances emerge which will prevent your full participation—i.e., there is an unavoidable change in teaching schedule—please let the members of the leadership team know as soon as possible. In such a case, your application, if you so wish, can be updated and re-submitted by you for consideration for a following year’s membership.

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