Faculty & Staff Opportunities

For those faculty members, administrators and staff who wish to engage more directly with professional development programs that focus specifically on the Lasallian Catholic heritage and values of the mission of the College, Manhattan College offers opportunities to attend several formation programs, some of which are held off-campus.

Programs for Summer 2014

See information about each program below, or download the Summer 2014 Mission Programs PDF.

Application Process

Before Thursday, April 15, 2014: Applicants must submit a 750 word personal essay via email attachment to mission@manhattan.edu in which you discuss your reasons for applying. Include your most significant hopes and/or questions about the relationship between your academic/professional career and spiritual life. The primary purpose of the essay is not to determine acceptance into the program, but rather to give a prior sense of what issues are most important to Manhattan College participants.
 
Before Friday, April 23, 2014: A Review and Recommendation Committee comprised of past participants will read the written statements and to rank order their recommendations of applicants to Br. Jack Curran, vice president for mission, who will notify the participants.

The International Lasallian University Leadership Program (ILULP)

When:

June 9-22, 2014

Where:

De La Salle Christian Brothers Generalate, Rome, Italy

Intended Participants:

Teaching faculty and senior administrators in academic affairs as well as student life at Manhattan College to join with other participants (limited to 48 persons) from the 64 Lasallian colleges and universities from around the globe.

Program Description: 

The International Lasallian University Leadership Program invites faculty and administrators with a particular focus direct involvement in the teaching and learning enterprise from the 64 Lasallian colleges and universities from across the globe to explore aspects of the Lasallian heritage that are pertinent to higher education today and to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context. 

Given the holistic nature of the Lasallian aspect of the Manhattan College mission, attendees are expected to participate in all aspects of the program, which are designed to facilitate the creation of community: classes, group work, retreat day, prayer, socials and meals. 

With simultaneous bilingual translations in English and Spanish, for two weeks, participants will work with Manhattan College colleagues, with others Lasallian colleagues from the United States, or with multi-national Lasallian colleagues from elsewhere to develop a project, program or strategy that can be implemented upon their return to Manhattan College.

The rich international nature of this professional development and personal formation program is designed to strengthen the quality of exchange and enjoyment among participants. 

Topical Outline

  • Orientation
  • Lasallian History and Current Reality
  • Vatican  City
  • Lasallian Pedagogy and Spirituality
  • Envisioning the Future of Lasallian Higher Education
  • Retreat Day
  • Catholic Higher Education
  • Future Societal Trends Impacting Higher Education
  • Group Presentations
  • Debriefing

Past Participants from Manhattan College

Among the 31 members of Manhattan College’s faculty who have participated in the ILULP in the past are:

  • Dr. Brennan O’Donnell (President)
  • Dr. William Clyde (Provost)
  • Dr. John Wilcox (Mission
  • Dr. Andrew Skotnicki (Religious Studies)
  • Dr. Julie Pycior (History)
  • Dr. Richard Emmerson (Dean, Arts)
  • Dr. Thom Gencarelli (Communication)
  • Sandra Emmerson (Archives)
  • Tom McCarthy (Alumni Relations)
  • Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons (Library)
  • Lisa Juncaj  (Student Financial Services)
  • Dr. Mary Michel (Accounting)
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Tedeschi (Economics)
  • Dr. Poonam Arora (Business)
  • Dr. Salwa Ammar (Dean, Business)
  • Dr. Karen Nicholson (Education)
  • Dr. Shawn Ladda (Kinesiology)
  • Br. Raymond Meagher (Education)
  • Dr. Lisa Rizopoulos (Education)
  • Dr. Seamus Freyne (Civil Engineering),
  • Dr. Tim Ward (Dean, Engineering)
  • Dr. Graham Walker (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr. Rosemary Farley (Math)
  • Dr. Carol Hurwitz (Math)
  • Dr. Constantine Theodosiou (Dean, Science)

Cost: 

$2,000 per person for accommodations, food, and program plus transportation (estimate of $3,500 per person covered by the College Mission budget)

Living Accommodations:

Participants must stay on-site at the De La Salle Christian Brothers Generalate in Rome and may not bring family members. Participants may make arrangements (at their own cost) for extended stay (with friends and family, if they choose) at the hotel of the Brothers beyond to the dates of the program.

Preparation and Follow Up Information:

It is expected that participants read a common set of texts prior to departure.  The reading list will be forwarded to participants upon registration.

Manhattan College participants will meet together with the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Mission as well as with some past participants prior to their attendance to discuss possible projects.

Upon their return to campus, participants from Manhattan College are expected to be resource persons, mentors, and animators of the Lasallian aspect of our mission with a particular commitment to integrating the Lasallian charism into the College classroom and academic community. Participants will be asked for periodic reports on the progress of their projects.


Collegium 2014 Colloquy

When:

June 20-27, 2014

Where:

The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA

Intended Participants:

Teaching faculty and senior administrators in academic affairs. Participants, limited to a maximum of 75 persons from across the United States and Canada, usually include:

  • new faculty from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds curious about what role they have in the mission of their Catholic institution (N.B., in general, half of the participants are Catholic);
  • tenured faculty looking for collaborative, integrative models for their institutions;
  • and graduate students hoping to discern how they might best develop their own spiritual and intellectual vocation.

Program Description: 

The Collegium Colloquy invites scholars from Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to explore some of the most compelling aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition and to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context.

The program's typical schedule of events includes small and large group discussions, opportunities for individual reflection, and major presentations by leading scholars.

The curriculum includes both academic discussions and opportunities for personal and collaborative discernment about participants' future goals. Daily opportunities for individual reflection, prayer, journal keeping, and liturgy give fellows an opportunity beyond academic discussions to discern and reflect upon their individual experiences and hopes. In addition, one day is set aside during the week to encounter a particular Christian spirituality — Ignatian, Franciscan, Benedictine, Christian Feminist, Dominican — or simply to pray and reflect with a spiritual director. Specific objectives for each day of the Colloquy are found here.

The program welcomes interested participants from all religious denominations. Its general focus is on the multiple traditions that comprise "the Catholic imagination." Some mentors are faculty from other denominations who have chosen to live out an academic vocation in a Catholic environment, while others are Catholic scholars who have pursued teaching in a secular setting. Catholic institutions such as Manhattan College thrive when they are able to share with and learn from people of all faiths.

Past Participants from Manhattan College:

Among the 24 members of Manhattan College’s faculty who have participated in the Collegium Colloquies in the past are:

  • Dr. Brennan O’Donnell (President)
  • Dr. Jay Friedenberg (Psychology)
  • Br. Robert Berger (Religious Studies)
  • Dr. Tamara Fish (Religious Studies)
  • Dr. Andrew Skotnicki (Religious Studies)
  • Maire Duchon  (Library)
  • Bernadette Lopez  (Library)
  • Dr. David Bollert (Philosophy)
  • Dr. Bernadette Garam (Sociology)
  • Dr. Richard Dello Buono (Sociology)
  • Dr. Fiona Maclachlan (Economics)
  • Dr. Mary Michel (Accounting)
  • Dr. Jonathan Hartman (Management)
  • Dr. Natalia Bolliari (Economics)
  • Dr. Karen Nicholson (Education)
  • Br. Raymond Meagher (Education)
  • Br. Augustine Nicoletti (Education)
  • Dr. Graham Walker (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr. Michael Judge (Biology)
  • Dr. Val Kolesnikov (Computer Science)

Cost: 

Faculty Fellowships cover all normal travel expenses, lodging, meals, and seminar-related costs. Faculty fellows are nominated by a designated liaison at each member institution.

Living Accommodations:

Participants live on campus at The College of the Holy Cross.One evening will be set aside for a trip into Boston where participants can choose from an array of activities such as a theatre production, dinner at one of Boston’s fine restaurants, or visiting Fannuil Hall and other historic sites.

Preparation and Follow Up Information:

Manhattan College participants will meet together with the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Mission as well as with some past participants prior to their attendance to discuss possible projects to consider upon return to the campus.

Participants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae and a personal essay, up to 750 words, in which you discuss your reasons for applying to Collegium. Include in your essay your most significant hopes and/or questions about the relationship between your academic career and spiritual life. The primary purpose of the essay is not to determine acceptance into the program, but rather to give us a prior sense of what issues are most important to fellows.

More Information:

See the website at http://www.collegium.org


Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies

When:

June 29 - July 11, 2014

Where:

Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA

Intended Participants:

The Buttimer Institute is designed for staff, administrators, and faculty who already have knowledge and experience of the Lasallian mission and

have had prior formation experiences on the local, District or Regional level – and who are preparing to develop skills for strengthening the Lasallian mission in one’s own ministry at Manhattan College as participants will select and remain in a practicum program of the three years of Buttimer:

  • Lasallian Mission Coordinators/Animators
  • Lasallian Presentation Resources
  •  Lasallian Research
  • Young Lasallians
  • Lasallian Association

Program Description: 

The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is an intensive Lasallian education and formation program (two weeks at the end of June and early July for three consecutive summers a Saint Mary’s College of California) that studies the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

Through an examination of the writings of De La Salle and an analysis of some modern educators, participants develop a deeper understanding of the Lasallian heritage and its influence on contemporary education and spirituality.

The Buttimer Institute is designed to inspire participants to delve more thoroughly into the Lasallian founding story and discover the basis of their vocation as educators. The program also seeks to deepen the participants’ association for the Lasallian mission and provide skills to become catalysts in their own ministries.

Course of Study

  • Year One: THE FOUNDING STORY: a detailed study of the life and person of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the historical and ecclesial context of the time in which he lived; and the theme of the vocational journey of the educator.
  • Year Two: DE LA SALLE’S EDUCATIONAL VISION: the educational vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the pedagogical and catechetical writings of De La Salle and analyze these writings in terms of the contemporary Lasallian educational mission.
  • Year Three: DE LA SALLE’S SPIRITUAL VISION: immersed in the spiritual writings of De La Salle so as to integrate Lasallian spirituality with the themes of the previous two years and to allow Lasallian spirituality to influence and enhance one’s own personal spirituality.

Past Participants from Manhattan College:

Among the 15 members of the Manhattan College community who have participated in the past are:

  • Brother Jack Curran (Mission)
  • Deborah Adams (Physical Education)
  • Brother Charles Barbush (Education)
  • Tom McCarthy (Alumni)
  • Marie Duchon (Library)
  • Brother Michael Shubnell (Academic Support)
  • Brother David Tichtinger (Athletic Academic Support)
  • Angie Thrapsimis (Residence Life)
  • Caitlin Read (Admissions)
  • Dr. Richard Satterlee (Vice President, Student Life)

Cost: 

$2,450 per participant includes program, meals, accommodations – plus transportation (estimate of $3,500 per person covered by the College Mission budget)

Living Accommodations:

Participants live on campus at Saint Mary’s College of California as the daily schedule is designed to include and promote the development of community among the participants.

Preparation and Follow Up Information:

It is expected that participants read a common set of texts prior to departure.  The reading list will be forwarded to participants upon registration.

Manhattan College participants will meet together with the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Mission as well as with some past participants prior to their attendance to discuss possible projects and practicums.

Participants are asked to enroll in a co-curricular activity that addresses the needs of the Lasallian Educational Community. The practicum will provide skills and ideas for strengthening the Lasallian mission in one’s own ministry. Participants will select one of the following practicums and remain in the practicum they select for each of the three years of Buttimer:

  • Lasallian Mission Coordinators/Animators
  • Lasallian Presentation Resources
  • Lasallian Research
  • Young Lasallians
  • Lasallian Association

Upon return to Manhattan College, participants will be asked for periodic reports on the progress of their projects. 

More Information:

See the website at http://lasallian.info/programs-events/buttimer


Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education at Boston College (IACHE)  

When:

July 7-10, 2014

Where:

Boston College, MA

Intended Participants:

The seminar is designed to serve administrative leaders such as presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, deans, mission officers, major program directors, and others in academic and student life positions who are responsible for or active in institutional mission and identity issues.

Program Description: 

This four-day seminar is designed to provide a singular opportunity for administrators and leaders at Catholic colleges and universities from around the globe to interact with some of the nation’s most outstanding scholars and practitioners as they address issues that Catholic higher education faces on a daily basis.  A sample of the issues the seminar strives to address are:

  • What does it mean to be a Catholic college in the 21st century?
  • How do we animate a Catholic campus culture?
  • What role does the Catholic intellectual tradition play to inform curriculum and intellectual life?
  • What defines the nature of the relationships and the appropriate practices between institutions of Catholic higher education and the Church?
  • What are the implications of increased lay leadership in Catholic colleges and universities?
  • How does Catholic social and moral teaching inform campus culture, policies, and curriculum?
  • How do we assess mission?

The seminar is designed to serve administrative leaders such as presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, deans, mission officers, major program directors, and others in positions responsible for institutional mission and identity.

The Institute has attracted participants from Catholic colleges and universities across the United States, Australia, South America, Belize, Canada, Taiwan, Ghana, Guatemala, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Past Participants from Manhattan College:

Among the 3 members of the Manhattan College community who have participated in the past are:

  • Dr. William Merriman (Dean, Education)
  • Dr.  John Wilcox (Mission)
  • Lois Harr (Campus Ministry)

Cost: 

$2,000 per person including accommodations and meals plus transportation (estimate of $2,500 per person time covered by the College Mission budget)

Living Accommodations:

Because of the collegial nature of the Institute, participants are asked to reside at Boston College. Each person will have an air-conditioned, single room; bath will be shared with one person.

Preparation and Follow Up Information:

Manhattan College participants will meet together with the President, Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Mission as well as with some past participants prior to their attendance to discuss possible projects to consider upon return to the campus.

The Institute has a number of online resources to enhance your experience

“Twenty-two percent of survey respondents reported being promoted within or at another Catholic college or university since attending the IACHE. Six percent of past participants have been appointed to the post of senior mission officer at their institution,  Four percent of past participants have been appointed as the president at a Catholic college of university.” (Taken from the IACHE Ten Year Review, 2011)

More Information:

See the website at http://www.bc.edu/iache