Teaching for the Common Good

  • 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Fisher Hall Rm 715

Teaching for the Common Good Workshop
Integrating Catholic Social Thought into Your Courses
Regardless of the discipline you teach or the faith traditions you do--or don't--practice, education at Duquesne serves distinctively moral ends: the preparation of our students to be ethical professionals and citizens who contribute to the common good. Mindful of Duquesne's Catholic and Spiritan mission, faculty are encouraged to become conversant with the richness of Catholic intellectual tradition, which includes principles of Catholic Social Thought (CST) such as human dignity and the preferential option for the poor.

With support from the Catholicism and the Common Good project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture and the Center for Teaching Excellence will host a hands-on workshop to guide faculty with discovering practical and innovative ways to integrate CST ideologies into any discipline.

Teaching for the Common Good Workshop
Tuesday, May 15
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fisher Hall, Room 715

Participants in this dynamic, half-day session will benefit from the following learning objectives:

1. Build foundational knowledge of CST and its value in Catholic higher education
2. Identify a topic, issue, skill in your course that can be connected to CST
3. Determine resources that fit your course
4. Plan how to integrate CST resources into your course.

9-10:30 a.m.
Principles of Catholic Social Thought
Dr. Darlene Weaver
Director, Center for Catholic Faith and Culture

A copy of "Framing the Principles of Catholic Social Thought" by William Byron, SJ, will be provided to all participants in advance of the workshop. Darlene will lead a discussion of the principles and how they can be applied to issues related to ethics, social justice, legal policies, religious, political and economic topics, etc.

10:30 a.m.

10:45-11:15 a.m.
Principles in Action
Faculty members from different disciplines will share ideas, strategies, and relevant resources-from blog posts to memes-that they currently use to integrate CST principles into their course design and assignments. Participating faculty include:

Elizabeth Cochran
Mark Haas
Sarah MacMillen
Maureen O'Brien
Anna Scheid
Dan Scheid
Elisabeth Vasko
11:15-11:45 a.m.
From Concept to Classroom
Dr. Laurel Willingham-McLain
Director, Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence

Using a guided worksheet and ready resources, participants will have the opportunity to identify connections with CST concepts and specific issues, topics, and disciplines.

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Tables will be organized by topics, with faculty sharing insights about connections between CST/Spiritan values and topics such as sustainability, health, ethics, economics, and social justice issues.

Visit duq.edu/TCG. For questions, please contact Dr. Darlene Weaver.