Center for Faith and Learning

The Center for Faith and Learning provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the community ways and guidance of St. Augustine. The Center promotes and supports critical inquiry among friends who are dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.

The Center for Faith and Learning is rooted in the Augustian intellectual tradition of community and is a place where the transformative and supportive life is a dialogue with and for ALL faith traditions.

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Faith & Learning Scholars Program

Graduating seniors of the “Faith and Learning Scholars” program were recognized at the close of the evening, receiving certificates and Honor Cords representing faith and wisdom.

The formation process for the '18-'21 community of faculty Mentors and student Scholars (current first year students who will be sophomores in Fall 2018) is now completed. 

Please let us know any questions you may have.

Learning Communities

The mission of Villanova University's learning communities is to enhance student learning by creating integrated learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom as students transition to college life. Learning communities have 3 main components, all of which will add to your experience as a First-Year Student at Villanova.

  • The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) is a discussion-based class with about 16 students in each. In this intimate setting, students read texts, engage in conversations about "big questions," and get to know each other and their professor. ACS focuses on the heart of human experience: 
    • Who Am I? 
    • What does it mean to be human? 
    • How should I interact with the world around me?
  • Students in most of learning communities live together in one of the residence halls located on the South Campus. Because students are living and learning together, friendships form quickly and the students form a community that is uniquely strong. Learning community students often find "friends for life" in this first-year experience.
  • Students select a theme that they'll explore as part of their learning community experience. The theme serves as the year-long focus of the learning community. The theme is explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets weekly in the residence hall.

The Faith and Reason Learning Community

The Faith and Reason Learning Community is sponsored by the Center and will be led by Beth Hassel and Paul Camacho.

We are particularly interested in creating dialogue among students who are open to exploring relationships, who see the college experience as an opportunity to learn not only about things, but themselves, each other, and how all of these relate to God.

More specifically, the Faith and Reason Learning Community explores:

  • the student's approach to the meaning of life
  • the meaning of personal religious faith
  • the theories of faith development
  • the intersections between and among faith, academics and career aspirations
  • the reciprocal roles of faith and meaning making
  • how academics can enhance a holistic approach to ones life and vocation

Welcoming Programs

The Center for Faith and Learning looks to support any individual or group interested in the intersections between and among religion, faith, learning and lived experience. To this end, the Center is always ready to collaborate with students, faculty or staff, regardless of religious affiliation, to explore how faith not only enriches our lives but the community of which we are members. 

New Employee Mission Orientation

The Center currently assists the Office for Mission & Ministry and the Department of Human Resources with New Employee Mission Orientation.

New Faculty Visits

Faculty who are new to Villanova University are offered a welcome visit from the Center for Faith & Learning Director in order to learn more about the mission of the University and specifically about the programs for all faculty offered by the Center for Faith and Learning.


If you have suggestions or specific needs related to faith and learning, please contact the Center at: beth.hassel@villanova.edu.

Goals and Objectives

The Center for Faith & Learning:
  • provides opportunities for students and faculty to explore the vocation of the mind and the depths of the Spirit in the way of St. Augustine, who searched for knowledge in the context of community.
  • promotes critical inquiry among friends who enter into dialogue which is dedicated to the integration of faith and learning, the hallmark of Augustinian pedagogy.
  • seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to grow in knowledge of the intersections between and among religion, faith, learning and lived experience.
  • is always ready to collaborate with other constituencies of the Villanova community, inclusive in religious affiliation, to explore how faith not only enriches our lives, but also the community of which we are all members. 

The Center of Faith & Learning:

  1. promotes an inclusive vision of the Catholic intellectual tradition
    coordinates a variety of initiatives relating to the University’s Augustinian heritage and Catholic identity
  2. invites students, faculty and staff of various religious traditions to experience opportunities for the flourishing of their own personal faith life and 
  3. extends the Augustinian mission and the work of Villanova University in ways which will assure contribution to the continued social and spiritual transformation of our world. 

The Center for Faith and Learning supports and helps to facilitate the goals and objectives of the Office for Mission and Ministry.

Upcoming Events:

Faculty Dialogue Luncheons

Witnessing to Our Faith Traditions
    Monday, September 17, 2018 
        12:00pm in Corr Hall Lounge
        Presenters:
            Michele Pistone (Law School)
            Robert Giuliano (Chemistry)
            Christy Lang-Hearlson (Theology)

Exploring Teaching as Vocation
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
        11:30am in Corr Hall Lounge
        Presenters:
            Amy McKeever (Nursing)
            Michael Zimmerman (Biology)
            Meredith Bergey (Sociology)

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Beth Hassel, Director
Suzanne Teleha, Admin. Asst.

Corr Hall, Rooms 3 & 4
[610] 519–3261

* Scholars Program explanation 2018-2019.pdf
Center for Faith and Learning Scholar Program Explanation