Going Further: The Unexpected Joys for Educators and Students of Incorporating Jesuit Mission and Identity in an Interdisciplinary Classroom

As a Jesuit university, Georgetown’s “primary mission is the education and formation of our students for the sake of the kind of persons they become and their wide influence for good in society in lives, professions, and service (AJCU, The Jesuit, Catholic Mission of U.S. Jesuit Colleges and Universities, 2010, p. 3).” It strives to educate ‘the whole person’, not only teaching the Jesuit tradition to students but also how it applies to their lives and studies. These two themes formed the basis of the “Going Further: The Unexpected Joys for Educators and Students of Incorporating Jesuit Mission and Identity in an Interdisciplinary Classroom” session at TLISI.

In the Fall of 2016, Jamie Kralovec took this Jesuit mission and made it his own by developing and leading the course “Jesuit Values in Professional Practice”. Kralovec was inspired by his own experiences of Jesuit spirituality and education and wanted to design an interdisciplinary course that guided students to not only learn the history of the Jesuit tradition but also that promoted reflection: Why do they matter in a student’s Georgetown education and how can they put them into action in their lives? In fact, it was these questions that students discussed in their final presentation.

At CNDLS, we have resources available to faculty who are interested in incorporating reflection into their own classroom. Our Teaching Commons, an online repository of resources to help support faculty design and teach courses at Georgetown, includes a “Reflection in the Classroom” section, as well as an “Ignatian Pedagogy” page that details this specific pedagogical approach. We are always available to help– to schedule an in person consultation, email us today at cndls@georgetown.edu. To watch this full session online, please click here (note: you must be logged in with your GUID).

If you missed the 2017 Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) or would like to revisit a TLISI topic, follow along with us as as we feature various sessions on the Prospect blog over the course of the 2017-18 academic year. We’ll be sharing posts on the following themes: Teaching in the Jesuit Tradition, Incorporating Difficult and Timely Topics, Innovative Teaching Practices, Technology Enhanced Learning, Evidence-based Teaching and Learning, Inclusive Pedagogies, and Cross-Institutional & Cross-Departmental Collaborations. Many of the sessions were recorded and are viewable on Digital Georgetown (accessible by anyone with a Georgetown NetID). You can also find a links to all of our recorded sessions on the TLISI Resources page. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on posts and more!