Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

The University Council for Jesuit Mission promotes opportunities for USF faculty, staff, and administrators to engage the mission, vision, and core values of the University. Following is a list of programs and activities available to faculty, staff, and administrators, coordinated by several different offices and departments at USF and covering areas, such as professional and leadership development, spirituality, the Jesuit tradition in higher education and social justice, Catholic social thought and theology, and immersion experiences. Past and current participants share a range of beliefs, religions, and spiritual traditions all of which contribute to a broad, rich, and inclusive understanding of the Jesuit Catholic mission and tradition at USF. Faculty and staff of all religious and spiritual beliefs are welcome.

Short-term and Drop-in Opportunities to Reflect on Mission

IGNATIAN HALF-DAY RETREATS FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Half-day retreats include lunch, presentations on Ignatian spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu. 

LOYOLA LUNCHEONS

Join Donal Godfrey, S.J. and colleagues from across the university at the Loyola House Jesuit Community for lunch and conversation on various mission topics. People of all faith traditions and none are welcome. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.  

IGNATIAN BOOK CLUB FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Connect with faculty and staff through a book discussion group for people who are interested in our Jesuit mission. The book club meets in the fall and spring. Visit the University Ministry Faculty and Staff Spirituality webpage for more information or contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu. 

conversations on jesuit higher education 

Join members of the University Council for Jesuit Mission for lunch and discussion of the newest issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. Published each semester by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Conversations features articles by faculty, staff, and students on topics related to Jesuit mission. This spring, lunch will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in McLaren (MC) 252. For more information, email lanecenter@usfca.edu. 

FACULTY LECTURE SERIES

Past lecturers in this series have included Stephen Privett, S.J., and Dean Judith Karshmer discussing their personal spiritual journeys. Join the USF community over lunch and engage in spiritual dialogue spurred by great USF speakers. Faculty and staff of all faith traditions and none are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information,  please email  Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu. 

FACULTY COLLEAGUES IN MISSION 

Join Lane Center for faculty dinners related to mission engagement on October 9 and November 13, 2019. The goal of these gatherings is to offer a reunion / next step for faculty who participated in a formative program and want to reconnect with colleagues around topics related to mission; and to deepen the new faculty orientation by creating an opportunity for new faculty to hear from their peers diverse ways they are living out the mission as USF faculty. For more information, email lanecenter@usfca.edu. 


Longer-Term Formation and Development Programs

WESTERN CONVERSATIONS CONFERENCE

This is an annual gathering of faculty and staff of the Jesuit universities of the Western region of the US to discuss Jesuit education. USF group organized by the Lane Center; participants selected by the Provost.

IGNATIAN FACULTY FORUM

Inspired by a similar successful program in Santa Clara University, the Ignatian Faculty Forum began in 2014 with the objective to discover Ignatian Spirituality as it is lived by faculty— a spirituality that integrates Ignatian insight with the day to day struggles of teaching, scholarship, personal life, and university service. The Forum provides a small community of trust in which faculty share joys and struggles as they engage in reflective discernment. This program is a serious commitment to both the future of the University of San Francisco's Jesuit heritage and the development of faculty leaders. Faculty participants commit to attendance at each of the eight dialogues, careful reading of the shared assignments, and thoughtful Forum participation. Participants in IFF are chosen from faculty applicants from a variety of academic disciplines, at different career stages, and from multiple religious traditions. For more information, please contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu. 

ignatian teaching and research FELLOWSHIP 

Offered through the Lane Center, this nine-month fellowship will generate a conversation around the Ignatian tradition and how it informs teaching, research, and service in Jesuit higher education. Participants will gain or develop knowledge of Ignatian pedagogy and the role of social research in Jesuit higher education; connect to the local, national, and global Jesuit network and learn about the priorities of Jesuit social engagement; and articulate one's own understanding of Ignatian values and how they inform one's teaching, research, and service at USF. Full-time and part-time faculty are welcome to apply by September 15. For more information, contact Kim Connor at connork@usfca.edu. 

JESUIT FOUNDATION GRANT

Participating in the abovementioned fellowship positions faculty to successfully receive a Jesuit Foundation Grant

PEOPLE FOR OTHERS: BUILDING COMMUNITY AROUND IGNATIAN VALUES

This opportunity is geared toward staff who want a deeper engagement with the Ignatian tradition as a way to develop professionally and build a community of colleagues devoted to mission. This seven-month program consists of three parts: 1. Five meetings with readings and presenters on Ignatian values 2. A day of encounter with community members working for justice 3. A final reflection on what it means to be a person for others. All USF staff members are welcome to apply by September 20. For more information, contact lanecenter@usfca.edu. 


Intensive Professional Development and Leadership Formation Experiences

THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS (19TH ANNOTATION)

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. University Ministry offers faculty and staff the opportunity to complete the exercises over the course of the academic year through weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Past participants describe the experience as rewarding and transformative personally and professionally. A prior conversation with Donal Godfrey, S.J. is required. He can be contacted at godfrey@usfca.edu. Register for 19th Annotation online.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of meeting one-on-one with a trained person to discuss one’s spiritual life. Practiced by both lay and ordained women and men, spiritual direction is available to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Directors do not impose their own agendas or beliefs on others—rather they listen carefully in order to help others discern the ways in which God or the holy is leading them. For more information, please contact Fr. Donal directly at godfrey@usfca.edu.

IGNATIAN COLLEAGUES PROGRAM

This is an intensive, 18-month AJCU program designed to educate and form administrators and “animators of mission” more deeply in the Jesuit tradition of higher education. 2-4 leaders (faculty and staff) per university may participate annually. Permission from dean/VP is required.

AJCU SEMINAR ON HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

This 5-day conference, held at Loyola Chicago in June, addresses issues facing current academic and administrative leaders and aims to develop leaders who will guide Jesuit institutions into the 21st  century. Permission from dean/VP is required.