News from Xavier University"s Center for Mission and Identity

September 2, 2011

Dr. Alison Russell, Chair of Xavier’s English Department, began a three-year term on the National Seminar on Jesuit Education, the editorial board of Conversations magazine. Xavier’s next Conversation hour is at noon on October 4.

Dr. David Burns, professor of marketing and the Director of Faculty Programs in Mission and Identity (a split faculty/staff position unique to Xavier University) was elected to a four-year term of the Board of Directors of the Christian Business Faculty Association.

Xavier’s new Mission Academy for mid-career faculty will begin September 21. Supported by a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts, it is an opportunity to increase the value of teaching and its long-lasting effects on students. The Academy is facilitated by Dr. David Burns. Monthly half-day meetings address:
• Understanding the need for mission integration
• Recognizing and overcoming the barriers to mission integration.
• Determining how mission relates to our disciplines
• Understanding fundamental elements of mission integration.
• Identifying available approaches to mission integration.
• Presenting proposed personal mission integration.

Supported by a generous gift from the Gasiewicz family, AFMIX, Assuring the Future of Mission and Identity at Xavier, has begun its seventh cohort with 39 staff and faculty, the largest group to date. Life After AFMIX is a new program for those who have completed AFMIX and want to continue reflecting on mission and identity. Weekly sessions are hosted by an AFMIX graduate.

The endowed Ignatian Mentoring Program began its seventh cohort. The program started in 2004 with a grant from Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts and continues with support from Xavier’s Jesuit Community. By the end of the year-long program, faculty members have incorporated a mission-driven teaching component into their courses and are able to articulate their scholarship in a manner which is mission-related.

Dr. Karl Stukenberg, chair of Xavier’s Department of Psychology, and David Dodd, vice president of Information Systems, began the fourth cohort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. It is designed for academic administrators capable of and committed to assuming leadership within the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage and who will sustain their school's Jesuit, Catholic character into the future. The Program consists of cohort gatherings, online learning opportunities, an Ignatian retreat, an international immersion experience, and a capstone project.

Discernment Groups II and III are beginning the second year of the two-year process. Discernment Group II will provide senior administrators an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Xavier’s Ignatian heritage. Discernment Group III, an advisory board for the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education, will help achieve mission building through coalescing of faculty with a diverse set of skills and life experiences.

Professional Papers – accepted and presented
Burns, David J. “Fear and Consumption: The Search for Home.” Presented at Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, 2011, Mt. Vernon OH, and included in Proceedings of the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, Timothy Redmer, ed. Virginia Beach VA: Christian Business Faculty Association.

Burns, David J. Smith, Yvonne, and Starcher, Keith “Research in the Life of a Christian Scholar: Overcoming the Hindrances in Providing a Christian Voice in the Academy.” A workshop conducted at Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, 2011, Mt. Vernon OH, and included in Proceedings of the Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference, Timothy Redmer, ed. Virginia Beach VA: Christian Business Faculty Association.

Burns, David J. “Consumption in Consumer Culture: The Role of Fear and Internal Longings.” Presented at Colleagues in Business Education Conference, July 2011, Cincinnati OH, and included in Proceedings of the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Conference. Cincinnati OH: Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education.

Burns, David J., Chinta, Ravi, Matherly, Michele, and Pfaltzgraff-Carlson, Rhonda “Mission Integration: An Exploration into the Deep Things. Presented at Colleagues in Business Education Conference, July 2011, Cincinnati OH.

Drs. David Burns and Debra Mooney: Are Colleges and Universities Losing Their Way and Seemingly Becoming Merely Sources of Employment for Unemployed Administrators? An Exploration into Mission Officers, including a Chief Mission Officer, as a Source of Focus for Colleges and Universities, has been accepted for presentation at Association of Marketing Theory and Practice, March 28 2012 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Professional Papers - submitted
Dr. David Burns: “Developing Wisdom by Exploring the Deep Things: The Mission/Faith Pyramid” has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, has been accepted for presentation at the Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University, to be held Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29.

Drs. David Burns and Debra Mooney
Collegial Leadership: Deepening Collaborative Processes to Advance Mission and Outcomes
Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, April 2011

Drs. Debra Mooney, David Burns and Scott Chadwick
Integrating Mission into Organizational Structures to Advance Institutional
Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, April 2011

Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity allows for learning more about Xavier's mission and rich history. As Jesuit schools have educated society's leaders for over 450 years, Xavier's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of academic excellence inspires students to think and communicate effectively, to foster a love of lifelong learning, to serve others, and to find God in all things. It helps faculty incorporate the principles of Ignatian pedagogy and values into their work both inside and outside the classroom through a variety of programs offered on campus and throughout the AJCU consortium. The Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education at Xavier University is a center of distinction, assisting educators in transforming students intellectually, morally, and spiritually in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, while appropriating Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality in today's world. The Institute reaches beyond the Xavier campus with pedagogical innovations communicated locally, nationally, and internationally. http://www.xavier.edu/mission-identity/conway-institute/