Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development

Collegium: Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life

An annual week-long summer seminar for faculty at Catholic colleges and universities nationwide to reflect on the intersections of faith and intellectual life. The colloquies provide a collegial environment in which participants from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and disciplines can discuss the Catholic intellectual tradition, higher education, and their own place in it. More information on the Collegium National Organization.

Loyola typically sponsors at least one faculty member each year, covering all arrangements. Applications are reviewed each year by a small committee of Collegium veterans, who make recommendations to the office of Academic Affairs.

2020 Collegium Colloquy -- June 12 - 19, University of Portland, Portland Oregon

The 130-acre campus of ancient and majestic redwoods is situated on a bluff above the Willamette River in a residential neighborhood only minutes away from downtown Portland. An evening in Portland will be set aside for activities in the city. Portland is a vibrant urban center with theaters, galleries, museums, live musical performance and 160 parks. While on campus, participants will have access to the university library, which includes internet e-mail services as well as access to the university recreational facilities.

The application period is now closed.


Past Collegium Participants 

Gerard Athaide
Carolyn Barry
Danielle Brabazon
Bill Donovan
Mickey Fenzel
Pastoral Counseling
Keith Gallagher
Computer Science
Dave Haddad
Mathematics / Academic Affairs
Mark Johnson
Raymond Jones
Management and International Business
Randy Jones
Beth Kotchick Psychology
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
Theology/ President's Office
 Jon Malis Fine Arts
Ilona McGuiness
Janet Maher
Fine Arts
Rev. Jim Miracky, S.J.
English / Loyola College Dean's Office
Brian Norman
English / Academic Affairs
Elizabeth Oakes
Pastoral Counseling
Paola Pascual-Ferra Communication
Janet Preis
Speech-language Pathology/Audiology
Dan Schlapbach
Fine Arts
Norm Sedgley
Wendy Smith
Teacher Education
Martha Wharton
Academic Affairs
Karsonya Wise Whitehead

Thoughts from past participants

Having attended Collegium in 2003 at St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) early in my years as a junior faculty at Loyola, I welcomed the opportunity to return to Collegium in June 2017 at St. Catherine's University (St. Paul, MN) at a very different time in my professional life now as a full professor and incoming department chair. I found this abbreviated visit of just 2 days (compared to the week-long trip) to be packed with rich conversations with faculty and administrators from across the country who care deeply about Catholic higher education. Throughout the two days, we shared numerous prayer services, guided examens, and a special concluding mass, where I got to return to a college hobby of mine, singing in the choir. The first day of presentations mapped the terrain of the current challenges, opportunities, and priorities for the future of Catholic higher education. On the second day we explored particular issues (STEM advancement, diversity, online pedagogy, interfaith encounters) as they relate to Catholic mission, as well as engaged in an imaginative exercise of what would a university look like that was built upon particular Catholic people (e.g., Pope Francis, Teilhard de Chardin, Oscaro Romero, Dorothy Day, Gregor Mendel). While at Loyola we focus on Jesuit spirituality when we discuss mission, I enjoyed sharing best practices of how mission is lived out at other institutions who have a variety of Catholic charisms. I left Pause at 25 having made many new professional contacts and friends at other institutions, having strengthened my relationships with my institutional colleagues on the trip (Kaye Whitehead and Brian Norman), and having a renewed spirit in my vocation as a faculty member at our Jesuit, Catholic institution of Loyola University Maryland.

-Carolyn Barry (Psychology), 2017 Collegium participant

"Collegium offered an expansive vision of the Catholic intellectual tradition and an inclusive approach to thinking about intersections of academic inquiry and spiritual life. I was challenged by the array of colleagues from various backgrounds, sensibilities, and faith commitments--including none--all of whom shared a fierce commitment to the life of the mind and educational ideals. I left more fluent in the intellectual tradition in which Loyola participates and a sharpened sense of institutional mission and identity--and the important difference between the two. I appreciated the opportunity to reflect among colleagues on my own role as a non-Catholic faculty member and academic leader at a Jesuit, Catholic institution."

- Brian Norman (English), 2015 Collegium participant

"Collegium was a great opportunity that allowed me to meet colleagues from all over the country and learn how they integrate faith and spirituality into the classroom. I know how important our Jesuit mission is as a University and learning how to better bring our mission alive in my teaching, scholarship, and service was especially enriching. I highly recommend this spiritual and professional development opportunity."

- Mark Johnson (Finance), 2013 Collegium participant

"My participation in "The Collegium: Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life" came at an important time, when I was pondering many inter-related questions. The retreat aspect of the weekend allowed me to explore these on a deep level, and, by chance, to discover a meditation center within walking distance of the grounds of Saint John's College (Collegeville, Minnesota). This happenstance rejuvenated my meditation practice. The fascinating and collegial conversations with a lovely group of faculty from many other parts of the country likewise inspired me in my own teaching practice. A triple benefit (as an artist steeped in books and processes of all kinds in art making) was seeing the in-progress work and exhibition of the Saint John's Bible project, produced where we were! This was the first illuminated manuscript version of the bible created in 500 years--contemporary work using all the traditional methods, with all the collaboration and painstaking technique aspects to which I am so attracted in art, thus also inspiring my own art practice."

- Janet Maher (Fine Arts), 2009 Collegium participant

"In 2004 I attended Collegium, which was foundational in my faculty development at Loyola. The experience not only deepened my understanding of Catholic Intellectual Thought, but provided me with an opportunity to discern how I could contribute to Loyola’s mission in a variety of ways from creating new interdisciplinary courses to seeking out service opportunities to pursuing a new line of scholarship on the psychology of religion and spirituality."

 - Carolyn Barry (Psychology), 2004 Collegium participant

“I found Collegium to be an experience that was very rewarding on both the personal and professional level. It allowed me to reflect upon, amidst the company of fellow Catholic educators, the foundations and future of the Church’s intellectual tradition and educational mission, and the vital role that Jesuit institutions, with their holistic pedagogies, play in advancing such mission.”

- Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J. (Theology), President of Loyola University Maryland, 1997 Collegium Participant