Purpose and Description of the Program

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The purpose of the Vincentian Research Fellows Program is to convene respected researchers and effective educators within St. John’s and to form an interdisciplinary community of faculty whose research interests advance the social justice orientation and the academic mission of the University. This is to be achieved by facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and research, and encouraging and seeking concrete and sustainable solutions to poverty. The program supports the view that research is both a professional responsibility and a service connecting the University with many publics. The following pages will introduce the eleven classes of Fellows (2000-2010) and will illustrate the many and varied ways in which they have contributed to the achievement of these goals in their varied arenas of scholarship and practice.

The Fellows Program calls for a two-year commitment as a Vincentian Research Fellow during which the Fellow is expected to be actively engaged in meetings (at least two each semester), attend Fellows programs, and to lead one academic activity each year. These can range from coordination of a conference or conference event, participation on faculty panels, presentation of a faculty colloquium, or a special lecture or panel for several classes.

The Fellows meet at least twice a year with all the Deans to dialogue on research and other ongoing projects and to identify issues for future interdisciplinary dialogue or study. Over the years, these meetings have generated several joint faculty projects and interest groups have been formed to pursue projects or to plan conferences. This opportunity to find “kindred souls” is cited as a mutual benefit but it also has resulted in a variety of programs and conferences on topics as diverse as Disabilities, Prime Mortgage Crisis, Adoptions, Languages for Peace, Immigration, Drug Laws, Death Penalty, etc. for the University community, Church groups and the general public.

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)