Resources for Faculty and Staff

The University Council for Jesuit Mission promotes opportunities for USF leadership to engage, discuss and explore the Jesuit Catholic mission and identity of the University of San Francisco (USF).

Following is a list of programs and activities currently available at USF for faculty, staff and administrators. These programs are coordinated by several different offices and departments at USF. They include programs in professional development, spirituality, leadership development, the Jesuit tradition, Catholic social thought, and immersion experiences.

Programs are open to faculty, staff and administrators of all religious and spiritual beliefs.  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.

On Campus Drop-In Programs

It is recommended that faculty, staff and senior leadership attend one of these programs annually.

Longer-Term Formation and Development Programs

It is recommended that the senior and emerging faculty and staff leaders complete one of these programs every 5 years.

  • Ignatian Weekend for Faculty and Staf
    An introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola held every September at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. A $150 fee includes a private room, meals, and wine & cheese reception with colleagues.
  • Ignatian Book Club
    A book discussion group for people who are interested in our Jesuit mission and its underlying Ignatian spirituality.  Faculty and staff of all faith traditions or none are welcome. Meets Wednesdays at noon in the University Ministry office; light lunch is provided. To register, please contact Julia Dowd at
  • Human Resources Ignatian Leadership Book Discussion Group
    Offered through HR on a different book each semester that explores Ignatian principles and spirituality.
  • Western Conversations
    Annual gathering of faculty and staff of the Jesuit universities of the Western US to discuss Jesuit education. USF group organized by the Lane Center, participants selected by the Provost.
  • AJCU Leadership Seminar
    Five-day conference held in June at Loyola Chicago on issues facing current academic and administrative leaders of Jesuit institutions.
  • Ignatian Faculty Forum 
    Four-hour class for faculty held once per month for reading, discussion, case study analysis, contemplation and reflection.

Intensive Leadership Formation Experiences

It is recommended for University Leadership Team to complete at least one of these programs in the first five years of their tenure.

  • El Salvador Immersion Program
    Held annually for 8-10 days in mid-June. Organized by the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. 10-12 participants selected by the Provost from nominations submitted by deans and vice presidents.
  • Leadership Team Immersion Program
    Organized approximately every two years by the President’s Office for the Leadership Team exclusively.
  • The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)
    An opportunity to complete the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over the academic year through weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Past participants describe the experience as rewarding and transformative personally and professionally.
  • Ignatian Colleagues Program
    An intensive 18-month AJCU program designed to educate and form administrators more deeply in the Jesuit tradition of higher education. Two to three leaders per university may participate annually. 

For More Information

Chair of University Council For Jesuit Mission