Spiritan Pedagogy Reflections

Spiritan Pedagogy Conversations AY 2021-22

The theme, Mutuality at the Margins, focused on ways educators work with marginalized populations. We learned how the experience isn't only enriching for those who are marginalized. The experience also contributes to the enrichment and growth of the educator.

  • Ken Parker, chair, Department of Catholic Studies, discussed his experience of teaching in a prison and what he gained from the experience both professionally and personally.
  • Fall Community-Building Reception
  • Alia Pustorino-Clevenger (CETR) and Meghan Blaskowitz (Occupational Therapy) discussed their work with Duquesne's Compass Program that offers an inclusive post-secondary educational opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come and join us in conversation and discover how working with the marginalized can be transformative!
  • Spring Community-Building Reception

Spiritan Pedagogy Conversations AY 2020-21

The theme, Broadening our Scholarship, Deepening our Disciplinary Commitments, and Reaching People on the Margins, provided an opportunity for campus colleagues to  explore ways that scholarship, disciplinary commitments and service connect with the Spiritan values of the university. We learned about how colleagues adapted their practice of Spiritan Pedagogy in the midst of the pandemic.

Spiritan Pedagogy Conversations  AY 2019-20

The theme, Imagining a Different Kind of Excellence, offered participants an opportunity to re-imagine academic excellence in holistic ways that move beyond our usual academic standards. We explored the relationships we privilege, the commitments we make to our ongoing professional growth, and our curricular choices to foster solidarity with the under-served. Along the way, we explored both the practices and philosophical underpinnings of a Spiritan commitment to academic excellence.

Spiritan Pedagogy Conversations  AY 2018-19

The theme, Spiritan Pedagogy and the Spiritan Mission, asked attendees to examine the inpact of the Spiritan ethos on university's core curriculum and proposed revisions, as well as their own teaching. New and experienced faculty members shared their feedback.

  • Vulnerability, Education, and the Spiritan Ethos
  • Stories from the Classroom
  • Fall Community-Building Reception
  • ACCU Collegium Colloquy
  • Spiritan Mission & Core Curriculum Revisions
  • Spring Community-Building Reception

Spiritan Pedagogy Conversations for Academic Year 2017-18

The theme, Imagining Student Success, fostered dialogue on student-centered teaching in our Spiritan context in light of Duquesne's new strategic plan. We explored questions such as:  How do we imagine student success in light of our Spiritan ethos? How do we promote these outcomes as educators? Our events included perspectives from new and experienced faculty, and from students.

  • New and Experienced Faculty Voices
  • Student and Faculty Voices
  • Fall Community-Building Reception 
  • Student Success Dialogue in conjunction with Founders Week
  • Student Success Challenges and Best Practices 
  • Spring Community-Building Reception