Resources for Faculty and Staff

The University Council for Jesuit Mission promotes opportunities for USF faculty, staff, and administrators to engage the mission, vision, 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.

On Campus Drop-In Programs

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

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 um@usfca.edu.

Ignatian Weekend for Faculty and Staff

Kick off the academic year by joining Donal Godfrey, S.J. and colleagues for a relaxing weekend at beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg. There will be time for quiet prayer and reflection, discussion, and wine and cheese receptions with colleagues. Open to faculty and staff.  Space is limited. With subsidy the cost is $150. Some may qualify for professional development funds. For more information, please email um@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 um@usfca.edu.

Social Justice Supper Club for Faculty

A three-part dinner and discussion series for faculty to discuss the commitment to social justice as a central aspect of the Jesuit mission of USF.  The Social Justice Supper Club offers faculty an informal opportunity to exchange ideas and concrete practices for integrating social justice into our teaching. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Lane Center this Supper Club invites members of all backgrounds to help create a space to reflect, learn, struggle and grow together and as individuals. 

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. Lunch is provided. For more information, please email um@usfca.edu.

Spirituality Book Club for Faculty and Staff

Join Donal Godfrey, S.J. our facilitator for a book club at Loyola House, sponsored with Human Resources. Lunch is provided.. For more information, please email Michele Centrella at mcentrella@usfca.edu.

Faith and Social Justice Summer Book Club for Faculty and Staff

Sponsored by the Lane Center, this book club explores intersections of faith and social justice among USF faculty and staff. The group meets three times over summer. Lunch is provided. For more information, please emaillanecenter@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 um@usfca.edu.

Longer-Term Formation and Development Programs

Western Conversations Conference

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 as actually experienced by faculty. Specifically 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, and 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 contact Profs Rhonda Magee (rvmagee@usfca.edu) or Arturo Araujo (aearaujo@usfca.edu), or Donal Godfrey, S.J. (godfrey@usfca.edu).

Lane Center Faculty Fellowship in the Ignatian Tradition

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.  For more information, contact Erin Brighamembrigham@usfca.edu

People for Others: Ignatian Leadership Program for Staff

This seven-month program introduces core Jesuit values and Ignatian leadership in three parts: 1. Five meetings with readings and presenters on the Ignatian tradition  2. A day of encounter with community members working for justice 3. A final reflection on Ignatian leadership. For more information, contact Erin Brigham embrigham@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 needed before August 31st. Contact Donal directly if you are interested: godfrey@usfca.edu

Faculty/Staff Immersion Program

Held annually for 8-10 days in mid-June. 10-12 participants selected by the Provost from nominations submitted by deans and vice presidents.

Ignatian Colleagues Program

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 required.

AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership

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

For More Information

Chair of University Council For Jesuit Mission