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all Jesuit Stipends

Two stipends are offered annually by the Jesuit community to encourage and support faculty in developing new courses, or substantially modifying current courses, to advance the Catholic Mission of UDM. Previously funded by the Jesuit 100 Association, these stipends are now funded solely by the Jesuit Community at UDM to promote the Catholic identity and spiritual values of the university as it prepares the future leaders of our community and the world.

Information provided as summary statements comes directly from the faculty's proposals.

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Benvenuto, Mark (2005)

Mark Benvenuto will substantially improve "Introductory Chemistry" to meet the education needs of AEP and UC students who are exploring areas that they may wish to follow later as a career. The revamped course will incorporate interactive learning in each session and small group learning sessions. The group learning sessions will be used to enhance students study skills, note taking and solving skills, chemistry-related math skills, terminology review, reaction chemistry reviews, and stoichiometry. Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will track the retention of all students in this course to determine if the changes have a positive effect on success and retention. Dr. Benvenuto is an associate profession of Chemistry.

Caspers, Mary Lou (2008)

Mary Lou Caspers' proposal "Development of a Course in Food Chemistry for Non-science Majors" will give students the necessary scientific know-how to positively impact our world today. The course will allow students to think like scientists by analyzing data, drawing conclusions from this data and seeing how their conclusions fit into a larger theory. Dr. Caspers is a professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Conant, Stephanie B., and Jacob D. Kagey (2015)

Drs. Stephanie Conant and Jacob Kagey will substantially modify two existing courses, BIO1210 (Introduction to Biology laboratory 1) and BIO1040 (Fundamentals of Bioinformatics). They will develop a freshmen level research-based curriculum in which students would take a newly developed version of both courses as part of a yearlong research project. Dr. Conant is an associate professor of Biology and Dr. Kagey is an assistant professor of Biology.

Deines, Amy (2006)

Amy Deines proposes a multi-disciplinary, multi-media course dealing with aspects of Social Justice, Architectural Justice and Cultural Justice. "The Urban Stitch: Viewing + Valuing Detroit's Culture and Inhabitants" will have students engaging in an aspect of Detroit dealing with everything from homelessness, accessing public transportation, housing and public spaces. A reactive component of the course will have students in dialog with students in architecture, engineering, CLAE, and digital media. The course by its content and required actions will nurture the spiritual and ethical development of each student, by teaching them the significance of contribution and using their skills. Amy Deines is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture

DiPaolo, Donald (2006)

Donald DiPaolo's purpose of a newly designed "Introduction to Education" would be to introduce Teaching for Social Justice as a unifying theme throughout the teacher education program. In order for the students to feel empowered for the important work of teaching the course would introduce the idea of Teacher as Leader as part of the theoretical frame. Paying attention to the inner world of young teachers, and nurturing their development as whole people searching for a life of meaning, is critical personal and spiritual work. Dr. DiPaolo is an assistant professor and chair of the Education Department.

Finkenbine, Roy, and Gregory Sumner (2016)

Drs. Roy Finkenbine and Gregory Sumner proposed "HIS 4480/ MLS 5480 /Topics in African American History." In this team-taught immersion course, open to UDM undergraduates, graduates and interested faculty, staff, and alumni, students will travel together — physically and intellectually — through the landmarks of the southern Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1968. By visiting these sites, and exploring what took place there, the course will bring the movement to life in all of its complexity and meaning; this will occur in a way not possible in a traditional classroom setting, and prompt students to reflect on contemporary questions of race and social justice. Drs. Finkenbine and Sumner are professors of History.

Freeman, John (2012)

Professor John Freeman's proposal "Employing Jesuit Pedagogy to Enrich Student Involvement in Social Media" will determine how to empower students to use the Ignatian method to be more critical of the role social media plays in their lives while also helping them explore ways in which their engagement with such media can become more profound and transformative. Dr. Freeman is a professor of English.

Harrison, Mary-Catherine (2014)

Professor Mary-Catherine Harrison's proposal "Contemplating Empathy and Social Justice in Diverse Voices in Literature" seeks to foster empathy through the reading of literature and transform the course into a service-learning course. Dr. Harrison is an associate professor of English and Director of the Academic Exploration Program.

Hazen, Mary Ann (2005)

Mary Ann Hazen's stipend is given for the development of a course titled "Women in Business" whose purpose is to increase students' knowledge about the role of women in business and to enhance their awareness of how the issues studied affect their own careers and work lives. While the primary focus will be on women in business in the United States, there will also be some attention to globalization and international issues. The proposed course will examine, in a scholarly way, the roles, treatment, and leadership of women in business as they align with the Jesuit and Mercy traditions which emphasize concern for the dignity of the person and for the common good of the world community. Dr. Hazen is an associate professor of Management.

Hill-Vasquez, Heather (2004)

Heather Hill-Vasquez's interest is in the development of and research related to a new course that enhances the Catholic mission as indicated in her proposal "Body to Text: Gender and the Construction of Spiritual Companionship in Medieval and Modern Literature." Through unique and exploratory pairing of medieval and modern texts, the course will focus on charting a history of spiritual companionship that invokes the role of gender as an inspiring devotional force – a means for creative development, societal improvement, and overcoming oppressions, rather than an oppositional category of cultural division. The course will examine how images of femininity and masculinity were constructed as an aid to religious enlightenment. Dr. Hill-Vasquez is an associate professor of English.

Hu, Hsiao-Lan (2015)

Dr. Hu's proposal "Religions in Sci-Fi Fantasies," will employ the academic approach of cultural studies and lead students to examine the representation or misrepresentations of religions in sci-fi fantasies, discern their endorsements or criticisms of traditional religious teachings, investigate their anxiety about, or celebration of, cross-cultural and interreligious encounters, examine the fairness, or the lack thereof, in their portrayal of the racial, cultural, or religious "others," and critique the genre from the perspectives of gender justice, racial justice, and inter-cultural justice. Dr. Hu is an associate professor of Religious Studies.

Hu, Hsiao-Lan (2010)

Hsiao-Lan Hu's proposal for a new course "Religions and Global Wellbeing," will focus on drawing from the rich resources of world religions and spiritualties to think through social issues and work for global justice. The course will introduce students to the comparative study of religious social ethics and prompt students to view themselves as citizens of the global village who have global responsibilities. Dr. Hu is an associate professor of Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

Koelsch, David (2007)

David Koelsch's proposal for "There is a Balm in Gilead: Using Spiritual Values to Serve Lawyers and their Clients" will concentrate on attorneys work with immigration clients who are often in great physical and spiritual need. The course will train law students to approach their clients from a holistic and Jesuit perspective, will expose students to the teachings and principles of major world religions in order to respectfully engage clients regarding their spirituality, help students to use their spirituality as a means of healing themselves, and serve as a model for instilling spiritual values into other law school courses. Professor Koelsch is the Director of the School of Law Immigration Law Clinic

Leever, Martin (2009)

Martin Leever's new course "The Catholic Moral Tradition: Classical & Contemporary Natural Law – PHL 495" will help students gain a facility with the fundamental concepts and an appreciation for the philosophical rigor that underlies the views of the theory of natural law. The course will focus on the influence of moral theology and on contemporary controversies and papal responses. Dr. Leever is an associate professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Leever, Martin (2003)

Martin Leever will address the mission of the university by a revision of the course "Catholic Healthcare Ethics." No further documentation is available from which to develop a summary of the proposal. Dr. Leever is an associate professor of Philosophy

Mouch, Judith (2014)

Sr. Judith Mouch, RSM, will develop "Professional Responses to Society from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective," the last course in the nursing program's newly designed curriculum. This course focuses on using social justice as a framework for developing a professional practice that emphasizes a comprehensive, holistic approach in assisting populations at risk. Sr. Mouch is a clinical associate professor in the McAuley School of Nursing.

Nantis, David (2012)

Dave Nantais will develop a new course "Popular Music and Religion" that will investigate religious and spiritual themes in contemporary popular music styles, including rock, hip-hop, punk, emo, and R&B as well as offer students the tools with which to reflect theologically and spiritually on the music they enjoy. David Nantais is an Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy and Director of University Ministry.

O'Gorman, Marcel (2004)

Marcel O'Gorman's proposal will enhance the mission of the university as indicated by his proposal "NECROMEDIA: Technology and the Denial of Death." No further documentation is available from which to develop of summary of the proposal. Dr. O'Gorman is an associate professor of English.

Rayes, Nassif (2006)

Nassif Rayes proposal for an "Interdisciplinary, Design, Entrepreneurship and Service" course is aimed at producing UDM college graduates that are able to identify social/community needs, collaborate effectively across disciplines and expertise, employ technical and design skills to devise solutions and have the business savvy to turn their endeavors into successful ventures. The course will focus on solving a problem/concern within the community, such as digital divide, prevalent health-care issues, homelessness, and neighborhood blight. Dr. Rayes is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering.

Schumack, Mark, Alexa Rihana-Abdallah, and Prasad Venugopal (2010)

Professors Mark Schumack, Alexa Rihana-Abdallah, and Prasad Venugopal will develop a core curriculum course "Energy and Society" for nontechnical majors. The course will seek to inform students about the critical issues surrounding energy, including production and consumption patterns, various technologies and their environmental consequences, and the pros and cons of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Students will be provided with a straightforward yet sophisticated appreciation of the negative effects of unconsidered energy consumption. Mark Schumack is a professor of Mechanical Engineering, Prasad Venugopal an associate professor of Physics, and Alexa Rihana an associate professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Slowik, Linda (2008)

Linda Slowik's proposal for a course titled "Psychology, Satisfaction and Work Effectiveness" will address such employee-centered criteria as satisfaction, commitment, and involvement. The course will focus on knowledge and understanding of the meaning of satisfaction and commitment, multi-dimensional nature of job performance, perspective on motivation, the meaning of organization effectiveness, and the dynamics of groups. Dr. Slowik is an associate professor of Psychology.

Tracy-Bee, Mary (2007)

Mary Tracy-Bee intends to focus on increasing a Catholic identity in her anatomy courses by helping students cope with the dissection experience, incorporating a service-learning component, and offering tutorials and other learning devices to aid student's learning of this complex material. The course will offer sources of information, comfort, or explanation of the cadaver experience by providing written and on-line information and reflection on this topic. The course will involve sharing of Catholic topics, such as faith, ethics, and spirituality. Dr. Tracy-Bee is an associate professor in the Department of Biology.

Venugopal, Prasad (2009)

Prasad Venugopal's intent is to develop an interdisciplinary course "Science, Technology & Race" to serve as an introduction to the myriad ways in which science, technology, and race influence and are influenced by each other. Course will focus on science and the origins of scientific racism, technological constructions of race, racial politics in science and technology, and race, science and technology in global contexts. Dr. Venugopal is an associate professor of Physics.

Weatherston, Rosemary (2016)

Dr. Weatherston's proposal "ENL 2350: Study of Fiction Directed Towards Undergraduate Student In the Health Care Professions," will have students read fictional works representing experiences of illness, caretaking, and practitioner/patient relationships as well as more general works of fiction. Students will study forms of literary analysis such as Narrative Medicine that will enable them to examine the role of storytelling in interpersonal relationships and the intersections between the domains of health care and narrative. Dr. Weatherston is an associate professor of English.

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