2015 ACCU/Collegium Grants Awarded

Collegium and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 ACCU/Collegium grants, generously co-funded by ACCU and Collegium to support projects that extend Collegium’s mission to member campuses. We received many high quality proposals, all dealing with very interesting and relevant topics, and wish that we could have funded them all. Five Collegium alumni/ae who were unaffiliated with the applicant schools served as the anonymous reviewers. Following their recommendations, the 2015 awardees are:

Assumption College

Tapping Into the Mission: Promoting and Sustaining Faculty Dialogue about Mission at Assumption College
This proposal seeks to promote constructive dialogue about Catholic mission that is inclusive of faculty members from diverse disciplines. To do so, we will organize a mini-retreat modeled after our own experience at Collegium. The event will commence with a Friday evening gathering of 20-28 faculty members followed by a day-long, off-campus retreat featuring an invited speaker, small group discussions of selected readings, and time for prayer and reflection. The retreat will kickoff a new discussion series, “Tapping into the Mission,” that will sustain conversation about the ways faculty members contribute to and promote the mission of Assumption College.

Fontbonne University

Fontbonne Faculty Conversations on the Common Good
With support from this grant, we will host quartly faculty conversations to:

  • Deepen faculty understanding and appreciation of Catholic Social Teaching and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, in particular the idea of “the common good,” a keystone of our core curriculum and the specific theme of our mandatory first-year seminar;
  • Remind faculty of the joy of interdisciplinary conversation and reflection with colleagues;
  • Engage faculty (including Collegium alums) as leaders in the process of integrating CIT and CST into the curriculum

Iona College

The Heart of Higher Education: The Liberal Arts Core and Catholic Social Teaching at Iona College
A day-long workshop for faculty and administrators from Iona College will discuss ways to integrate Catholic Social Teaching within a new liberal arts core curriculum. The workshop will begin with a plenary speaker who would provide a framework for incorporating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition within a liberal arts education. Iona College has recently revised its core to include an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes diversity, sustainability, and service learning so that students may more fully engage the complex world around them. The workshop will encourage participants to consider ways to connect curriculum development (1) to the overall mission and ministry of Iona College; (2) to the growing need for Catholic higher education institutions to become centers for service-learning; (3) to the continued relevance of Catholic Social Teaching to college-wide efforts at sustainability, diversity, and community outreach.

Loyola Marymount University

What Does it Mean to Be a Liberal Arts College at a Catholic & Jesuit/Marymount University?
BCLA@LMU” will be a series of College-level conversations around questions related to the mission of a liberal arts college at a Catholic and Jesuit/Marymount University. These conversations will provide a forum where faculty in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) can discuss who we are and what we do – to consider how we, a diverse faculty, can come together as a community in the service of our common commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition, academic rigor, and the formation of young men and women as rational and ethical global citizens.

Rockhurst University

A Jesuit Education Group for Rockhurst University
Funding will support the purchase of approximately ninety copies of The Jesuit Education Reader for Rockhurst faculty, in support of the founding of a Jesuit Education Group to promote sustained, ongoing dialogue on campus in support of the Catholic, Jesuit mission. Our vision is to convene four annual gatherings to discuss essays from the Reader for at least the next three years. Sponsored by Rockhurst’s Office of Mission and Ministry, the group’s discussions will be anchored by a leadership team of at least twelve and staff who have already expressed enthusiastic commitment to the project.