Manhattan College offers opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators to engage in professional development programs through its Office of Human Resources. The Office of Mission assists the Office of Human Resources in this effort with programs that focus on the Lasallian Catholic heritage and the mission of the College.
For New Employees
All new employees are invited to learn about Manhattan College's unique mission and Lasallian Catholic heritage by participating in the following programs:
Annual orientation sessions are held each fall for new faculty, staff and administrators. The Office of Mission hosts a portion of these orientation sessions to introduce new employees to aspects of the Lasallian Catholic core identity of Manhattan College and how the network of 65 members of the International Association of Lasallian Universities is an asset to the work we do.
Event details for orientation sessions are sent out to all new employees directly.
College Core Identity Seminars (CCIS) are offered for faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the year. These seminars offer an overview on topics including:
Lasallian Heritage and Values
Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching
Event details are sent out to employees via campus announcements and emails.
Employees are further encouraged and supported to more deeply engage with the distinctive Lasallian Catholic nature of the identity and mission of the College. A host of on-campus, national, and international personal formation and professional development programs are offered to employees, primarily through the Office of Mission. For example, employees are encouraged to apply for the following programs:
The IALU Leadership Program, a two-week seminar held annually at the international Lasallian Generalate in Rome, Italy, brings together faculty and administrators at Lasallian colleges and universities to deepen understandings of and commitment to Lasalllian partnership by study of the Lasallian charism, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the international Lasallian educational network.
The IALU program is for college/university faculty and administrators.
One of the premier programs for professional development consistent with the Lasallian mission of Manhattan College is the Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies. This Institute enrolls 120 Lasallian educations from countries such as Jamaica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the United States and Canada who are involved in colleges and universities as well as middle schools, secondary schools, special education centers, and child and family service agencies.
The Buttimer Institute is neither a traditional academic program nor a traditional formation program. It has been described as a “uniquely profound Lasallian opportunity” that integrates traditional academic components with personal and inter-personal formation experiences that emphasize and foster a sense of community among participants… providing participants the opportunity to take a “deep dive” to explore and to consider making one’s own the identity and vocation of “being a Lasallian.”
This Institute is a two-week residential living and learning professional development and personal formation program. It provides classroom studies, community living experiences, and time for prayer and reflection, as well as research and practicums. The Buttimer Institute consists of three distinct and interrelated components:
The Founding Story: Year One
Exploration of the life and challenges of John Baptist de La Salle and the early Brothers in the context of 17th century France
Lasallian Pedagogy: Year Two
Study of De La Salle’s pedagogical writings as well as contemporary Lasallian educational practice to understand why, how, what, and to whom we teach and minister
Lasallian Spirituality: Year Three
Focus on the spirituality of contemporary Lasallian educations of diverse faith traditions through immersion into De La Salle’s charism, spiritual writings and practices
The major daily elements of the Buttimer Institute include:
Breakfast in Thomas Hall
Morning Prayer in the Chapel
Classroom Instruction in the morning, with coffee breaks
Lunch in Thomas Hall followed by afternoons for reading and class-related work as well as practicums and research in the archives … and opportunity for recreation in the Fitness Center, Kelly Commons
Evening liturgies / prayer in the Chapel followed by dinner
Evening class session followed by Socials / Receptions for and with the Community of participants.
A restful night in Lee Hall overlooking Van Cortlandt Park
The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies, a residential course of study meets for two weeks each summer for a three-year period. It is an intensive Lasallian formation and education program that studies the life, work, and spirituality of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian mission. Through analysis of the writings of De la Salle and an analysis of some modern educators, participants deepen their understanding of the Lasallian heritage and its influence on contemporary education.
Participation in the Buttimer Institute is open to faculty, staff, and administrators.
Collegium seminars bring together scholars from a diversity of colleges and universities across the United States and Canada interested in exploring aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition, and their role in the mission of Catholic higher education. Its general focus is on the multiple traditions that comprise "the Catholic imagination." Some mentors are faculty from faith traditions other than the Catholic tradition who have chosen to live out an academic vocation in a Catholic environment, while others are Catholic scholars who have pursued teaching in a secular setting. Participants engage texts and in dialogue to explore some of the most compelling aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition and to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context. The program welcomes participants from all religious denominations as well as all academic disciplines. The curriculum includes both academic discussions and opportunities for personal and collaborative discernment about participants' future goals. Further information and a description of the week-long program are available by going to http://www.collegium.org/annual-colloquy
The Collegium seminars are designed for faculty and university leaders.
The program is conducted on a two year cycle (July 2017-March 2019); one Week in mid-July for 2 years and one long weekend each semester for two years for a total of 6 meeting times (22 days) over a two-year period.
Location Varies (e.g., Manhattan College, Poconos, Lewis University)
The Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice focuses on our Lasallian heritage in light of contemporary realities. Participants come from secondary schools, middle schools, children and family service agencies, as well as colleges and universities in the Lasallian network across the United States and Canada. The thematic areas covered are: Lasallian Story and Vision; Lasallian Service to the Poor and the Promotion of Social Justice; and Lasallian Spirituality, Vocation and Association. A capstone project is expected of all participants.
The Brother Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators.