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Spiritan Pedagogy

Across campus a growing number of faculty, graduate students, and administrators are reflecting on the idea of a Spiritan pedagogy. What are the hallmarks of Spiritan pedagogy? Are particular methods and practices particularly suited to Spiritan pedagogy? How does Spiritan pedagogy align with current innovations in education? How does it compare with the pedagogical approaches found in educational settings that are animated by other religious charisms, for example Jesuit or Marianist? What institutional conditions are conducive to Spiritan pedagogy? This year we are reflecting on the theme of academic excellence.

Imagining a different kind of excellence!

While all university disciplines have academic standards, how does Duquesne's Spiritan mission call us to embody academic excellence in new and different ways? This year's Spiritan pedagogy conversations are an opportunity to re-imagine academic excellence in holistic ways that move beyond our usual academic standards. We will explore 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'll explore both the practices and philosophical underpinnings of a Spiritan commitment to academic excellence.

The Spiritan Pedagogy series is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture in the Division of Mission & Identity and the Center for Teaching Excellence.