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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  in discovereing practical and innovative ways to integrate CST ideologies into their own disciplines.

Teaching for the Common Good Workshop 
Monday, May 13, 2019
9 a.m. - 1 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 their course that can be connected to CST
3. Determine resources that fit their course
4. Plan how to integrate CST resources into their 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
Dr. Gretchen Generett and Dr. Amy Olson from Education will share how they incorporate CST into their teaching and scholarship based on their Paluse grant project, "Identity, the Principle of Participation, and the Right to Reputation."

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.

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 to register by Wednesday, May 8. For questions, please contact Dr. Darlene Weaver.