Joseph Allen is working with the Chaminade University Center for Teaching and Learning to infuse the tenets of Marianist education into the Chaminade instructional environment. That is an extensive undertaking and discussions with the Marianist Educational Associates and others have introduced some aspects to explore:
-How to make the Marianist educational values come alive
-Measurement/assessment of these programs
-What really works? Best practices
-Translating the values to the online environment
The overarching goals of the task will be to capture the ideas that we may believe we already understand and put these into real terms that can be measured, adopted and replicated. He hopes this will encourage people to reflect a bit more on their own practices, as well as the mission aspect of the university.
Joe has been scheduling outside speakers and panels to give a broader perspective to the school’s mission. Bro. Bill Campbell (Marianist Center of Hawaii) offered a discussion of the Marianist charism and teaching. Steve Neiheisel (Association of Marianist Universities) presented ideas on the integration of Marianist values into teaching practices, addressing teaching as a vocation, its value at Marianist universities and its place in contemporary higher education. Other presentations and panels are forthcoming.
Joe sees his task as reifying the values in terms that can be assessed and built upon, with outcomes and benchmarks. He suspects this fellowship is only a seedling and that he will continue to work on this task as long as there is continued interest and support. He will be looking at available resources, reaching out to other institutions and sister schools, searching for tangible ways to support the Marianist values at the university.
Story by Sharon LePage, Library Director, Chaminade University Honolulu (MEA) with Joseph Allen, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Chaminade University Honolulu (MEA)