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Center faculty contribute to special issue on Catholic social teaching in Catholic colleges and universities

By: JP Shortall

May 16, 2018

The Journal of Catholic Higher Education has just published a special issue (Winter 2018) dedicated to exploring the role of Catholic social teaching (CST) in Catholic colleges and universities. The issue is the culmination of the CST Learning and Research Initiative, a collaboration of faculty and administrators from 11 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

Jay Brandenberger, research and graduate student initiatives director at the Center for Social Concerns, and Bill Purcell, associate director and operations and Catholic social tradition director at the Center for Social Concerns, helped direct the initiative and contributed to the special issue.

Together with Kathleen Maas Weigert and Kurt Schlichting, Brandenberger contributed an article called “Institutional Commitment to the Catholic Social Tradition: Implicit or Explicit?” The article analyzes mission statements, curricular offerings, and centers at eleven Catholic colleges and universities in order to examine how CST is embedded in the structures of Catholic institutions of higher learning.

Bill Purcell contributed an article co-written with Margarita Rose called “Engaging Mission: Applying the Catholic Social Tradition to Investing and Licensing.” Like their secular and other religious counterparts, Catholic colleges and universities use endowment and licensing revenues to supplement tuition income. Purcell and Rose look at how Catholic colleges and universities adhere or not to basic principles of CST in their investing and licensing practices.

Other articles in the issue look at CST and the composition and orientation of boards of trustees of Catholic colleges and universities; CST and labor policies at Catholic colleges and universities; CST and faculty development programs; student perceptions of CST; and a rubric to assess student learning of CST.

Contact: JP Shortall, director of communications and advancement, (574) 631-3209, jshortal@nd.edu