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:

Mark G. Bosco, S.J., is the director of the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage and joint professor of English and theology at Loyola University Chicago.

Heidi Barker is an associate professor in the Regis College at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

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

Patrick J. Howell, S.J., chair of the Seminar, is Distinguished Professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington.

Molly Pepper is a professor of management at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

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.

Michael Serazio is an assistant professor in the department of communication at Boston College, with interests in popular culture, advertising, journalism, and new media. 

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

Clint J. Springer is an associate professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he focuses on plant physiological ecology. 

Jennifer Rinella is an assistant professor and the director of Nonprofit Leadership Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Julie Rubio is a professor of Christian Ethics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jessica Wrobleski is an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, and her interests include social and political ethics and the place of spiritual disciplines in the moral life.

having conversations

Coming soon!