National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education

Sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) the goal of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and its publication Conversations is to strengthen the Jesuit identity of our 28 colleges and universities. 

Conversations is published twice-yearly to coincide with the start of the fall and spring semesters. First, each issue is written to stimulate the campus dialogue – through departmental discussions or faculty symposiums – on the pursuit of various ideals. Second, through our various departments – feature articles, forums, book reviews, reports, and Talking Back – we want to keep the conversation going to build on the progress we have made. Our members, representing various institutions and disciplines, visit three colleges and universities a year and listen to groups of faculty and students in order to decide the themes for each issue. Articles are solicited from across the country to explore many varied topics, from the core curriculum and hiring for mission to global vision, social media and diversity.

The Seminar grew out of a conversation almost 35 years ago at Georgetown University, when participants from Jesuit higher education in the United States gathered to discuss their hopes for what Jesuit higher education could and would be in the future. 

Members of the Seminar:

Gerard A. Athaide is a Professor of Marketing at Loyola University Maryland.

Christopher Brooks is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of San Francisco.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Alice V. Clark is a Professor of Music History at Loyola University New Orleans.

David J. Dzurec is a Professor of History at The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., is the President of the Jesuit Conference. 

Patrick J. Howell, S.J., Chair of the Seminar, is Senior Jesuit in the Mission and Ministry Office at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Nancy Rourke is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Catholic Studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. 

Stephen C. Rowntree, S.J., an Associate Pastor at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans, is the Secretary of the National Seminar for Jesuit Higher Education.

Edward W. Schmidt, S.J., Editor, works at America Magazine as the Senior Editor.

Lucas Sharma, S.J., Web Editor, is a Lecturer in Sociology at Seattle University and a Jesuit Regent with the Jesuits West Province. 

Michael Sheeran, S.J., is the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Michael F. Tunney, S.J., is the Rector of the Jesuit community and Professor of Fine Arts and Religious Studies at Fairfield University.

Rachel Wifall is a Professor of English at Saint Peter’s University.

having conversations

Coming soon!