More than 50 SLU faculty members turned out Jan. 13 for a day-long workshop about Ignatian pedagogy. The workshop, "Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Informing Our Practice," offered an opportunity for faculty to deepen their understanding of Ignatian pedagogy and featured presentations by five SLU faculty members.
The morning began with a presentation by Fr. Steven Schoenig, S.J. (history) about the history of the Spiritual Exercises. Schoenig also explained the Exercises and shared some of his own experiences with them.
Darina Sargeant, Ph.D., PT (physical therapy and athletic training) explored the relationship between the Exercises and the five main elements of Ignatian pedagogy: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation.
In the afternoon, three SLU faculty presented about ways these five elements inform their own work in the classroom.
Ginge Kettenbach, Ph.D., PT (physical therapy and athletic training) described how the Ignatian pedagogy paradigm informs her teaching in the IPE 110 course.
Bryan Sokol, Ph.D., presented about the work he does in his child development course (including reflection and service learning), and Mark Wilson, M.F.A. (fine and performing arts) offered an interactive look at the role imagination can play in Ignatian teaching.
Faculty also were given an opportunity to work on their own courses, considering the Ignatian elements that already exist in their own teaching practices and working collaboratively to explore new ways to integrate Ignatian principles more intentionally in their teaching.
This is the second such workshop offered by the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and the office of mission and ministry. A two-day version was offered last June.
Faculty who wish to learn more about Ignatian pedagogy may consult the Reinert CTE's website. They also may wish to attend the ongoing Brown-Bag series, "Conversations on Ignatian Pedagogy."
The series, which began last fall, will conclude with two conversations this spring on each end of the SLU campus.
Conversations on Ignatian Pedagogy: Action
Conversations on Ignatian Pedagogy: Evaluation
Conversations are open to all SLU teaching faculty.