Antar Salim, D.B.A., a core faculty member in the Doctorate of Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s, received a faculty fellowship through the Kern Family Foundation to enroll in the Master of Arts in Character Education program at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Salim is the first at Saint Mary’s to complete the program. “The MA in Character Education afforded me an opportunity to examine myself, as well as life in general, from a more panoptic perspective,” says Dr. Salim. “I was not familiar with neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics. However, over my three-year intellectual journey at [...]
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Saint Mary’s school of education is committed to providing virtue-based professional development for faculty and staff as curriculum development continues. Tony Klemmer, Ph.D., founder of Wisdom for Good, led a personal formation retreat for twelve faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s. Diane Moeller, Associate Professor in the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, said, “The goal of the retreat was to shift the way we see the world through a moral lens so that we can understand moral goodness, human flourishing, and ultimately lead lives of meaning. We will continue in four virtual sessions in the coming weeks to complete our retreat [...]
Posted By: Dr. Matt Gerlach On: 2023-10-27 Posted On: 2023-10-27 This past Tuesday, Saint Mary’s University welcomed former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion, speaker, and author, Mr. Matt Birk for the most recent installment in the Cardinal Virtue Lecture Series. Birk is a 15-year NFL veteran, former Minnesota Viking, and Super Bowl champion with the Ravens. The lecture series was launched in 2019, shortly after the arrival of Rev. James P. Burns as the 14th president of Saint Mary’s. Cardinal Virtue speakers and topics are chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue as Saint Mary’s cultivates in its learners virtues that will guide them throughout their educational journey [...]
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and CharacterPlus are partnering to host a series of monthly webinars on personal development and character. These "small bites" of personal development and character programming are designed to provide participants with a quick and meaningful boost of awareness and intentionality wile filling their personal development and character toolboxes. All webinars will be on Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm CDT. Dates are: Dates for the webinars are: October 24 November 14 January 9 February 6 February 27 March 5 Each session is $20. 1.5 continuing education units (C.E.U.s) will be awarded to participants for each session. Register at: smumn.edu/selectcharacter.
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota is thrilled to welcome Dr. Tony Klemmer from October 27-28 to give his “Wisdom for Good” Retreat to the Saint Mary’s Ed.S. faculty, advisors, and staff. “Dr. Tony Klemmer, founder of Wisdom for Good, has been working closely with the EdS faculty and Saint Mary’s Curriculum Department as they take on the task of re-writing the curriculum for our highly respected Principal, Special Education Director, and Superintendent licensure programs,” says Ed.S. Program Director, Marcia Nelson. “Tony has invited the Saint Mary’s faculty to experience a personal formation journey for themselves before they are tasked with taking our [...]
On September 18th, delegates from several faith-based universities around the country gathered at the Minneapolis campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, president of Belmont University, and Dr. Liz Gulliford, honorary research fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, were keynote speakers. The convening focused on the role of faith in higher education as well as character and virtue education. Dr. Jones presented: “Formation for Flourishing: Why faith-based higher education can help renew the purpose of education.” Dr. Gulliford presented: “An Appreciative Critique of the Jubilee Centre’s Character Framework” and “Alternative meta virtues to [...]
Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will lead a discussion on the topic of moral phobia in education on October 13th. He is also the author of PRIMED for Character Education: Six Design Principles for School Improvement, which Saint Mary's faculty and staff read in a book study this summer. A light lunch will be served. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota welcomed Dr. Liz Gulliford for a Cardinal Virtue lecture on “How Gratitude and Related Virtues Help Students and Teachers to Flourish.” This lecture presented gratitude as central to the other virtues and human flourishing. The Cardinal Virtue lecture was open to the entire Saint Mary’s community. Earlier in the day, Dr. Gulliford facilitated conversation with faculty on the virtues of servant leadership. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Dr. Gulliford facilitated another conversation primarily on her research on forgiveness, at the Minneapolis campus. This gathering was open to all faculty, staff, and students. [...]
The Second Annual Faith Based Convening took place, Sunday September 17, through Monday September 18, 2023. Dr. Greg Jones, president of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Liz Gulliford, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Northampton spoke at the event. The Convening covered how faith-based institutions navigate faith commitments and service to the common good, and was especially keen this year to identify the most effective practices in this area. Before being appointed President of Belmont University, Dr. Greg Jones was Dean of Duke Divinity School. He has also served as Vice President and Vice Provost for Global [...]