Professional Development

quoteThere are numerous Lasallian formation programs and opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students who want to further engage with and learn more about the College's Lasallian mission.

Many of the faculty and staff programs are held during the summer at various locations around the country, while others occur on campus throughout the academic year. The student opportunities are generally available on campus throughout the academic year. 

Funding is available to support participation in certain programs. See more information below or contact the Office of Mission, at mission@manhattan.edu or 718-862-7734 to learn about how to get involved. 

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:

  • Orientation

    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 64 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)

    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. 

Ongoing Opportunities

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 Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities

    Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities logoWhen:

    July 20-23, 2021

    Where:

    Villanova University; Philadelphia, PA

    What:

    The Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities holds itself out to be the voice of Student Affairs Professionals in Catholic Higher Education.  The purpose of ASACCU is to promote an understanding of the rich Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its relevance for student affairs professionals who are working or will be working at Catholic colleges and universities. Through its activities and programs the association will encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and cooperative efforts among its members. Manhattan College holds membership in the ASACCU and Vice President for Student Life Dr. Richard Satterlee serves on the Board of the ASACCU.

    For Whom:

    The Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities is designed for university faculty, staff, and administrators.

    LEARN MORE   APPLY

  • Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies

    Buttimer Institute LogoWhen:

    TBD

    Where:

    Manhattan College

    What:

    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:

    1. 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
    1. 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
    1. 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:

    1. Breakfast in Thomas Hall
    2. Morning Prayer in the Chapel
    3. Classroom Instruction in the morning, with coffee breaks
    4. 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
    5. Evening liturgies / prayer in the Chapel followed by dinner
    6. Evening class session followed by Socials / Receptions for and with the Community of participants.
    7. 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.

    For Whom:

    Participation in the Buttimer Institute is open to faculty, staff, and administrators.

    Click here to view the previous MC Buttimer Participants

  • Collegium Colloquy

    When:

    One week: June 18-25, 2021

    Where:

    College of the Holy Cross; Worcester, Massachusetts

    What:

    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 

    For Whom:

    The Collegium seminars are designed for faculty and university leaders.

    Click here to view the previous MC Collegium Participants

  • The IALU Formation Programs

    lasalle.uni.logo.pngWhen:

    IALU: Level I Formation Program

    Session A: November 9 and 16 @ 9 AM

    Session B: November 11 and 18 @ 8PM

    IALU: Level II Formation Program

    September 22, October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17 @ 9 AM 

    Where:

    Online sessions will be limited to 2 hours 

    What:

    The IALU: Level I Formation Program brings together faculty and administrators to: 

    • develop a shared sense of belonging to an international Lasallian higher education network 
    • learn about assets of the IALU network for inter-institutional teaching, research, and enrollment 
    • understand the multicultural context of the broader Lasallian higher education network  
    • reflect on their own personal vocation and role in a Lasallian Catholic higher education

    The IALU: Level II Formation Program provides faculty

    • deeper sense of belonging to the Lasallian higher education network 
    • greater awareness of actual inter-institutional experiences 
    • fostering of new and deeper inter-institutional programs
    • shared creation of multicultural initiatives among institutions 

    For Whom: 

    The IALU: Level I Formation Program is for faculty and administrators from the Lasallian colleges and universities with: 

    • 5 years or less of working at a Lasallian institution 
    • basic knowledge and understanding of the story of St. John Baptist de La Salle 
    • little awareness of the Lasallian international network
    • interest in meeting colleagues from some of the 64 Lasallian colleges and universities around the globe

    The IALU: Level II Formation Program is for faculty from the Lasallian colleges and universities with: 

    • 5 years or more of working at a Lasallian institution 
    • experience with the Lasallian international network
    • participation in international cooperation within Lasallian universities: COIL, Mobility, lectures, research symposium, etc. 

    APPLY for Level I

    APPLY for LEVEL II

  • The Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education

    When:

    July 19-22, 2021

    Where:

    Boston College; Newton, Massachusetts

    What:

    A four-day seminar designed to provide a singular opportunity for administrators and leaders at Catholic colleges and universities from around the globe to interact with some of the nation’s most outstanding scholars and practitioners as they address issues that Catholic higher education faces on a daily basis.

    For Whom:

    The Institute for Administrators in Cathoilic Higher Education is designed for university leaders and administration.

    Previous Attendees:

    Brother Jack Curran, FSC, VP for Mission, 2018; Lois Harr, Campus Ministry, 2009; William Merriman, Education, 2004

    APPLY

  • International Opportunities through IALU

    Enhancing Academic Partnerships and Exploring Academic Collaboration Associated with IALU Colleagues and Institutions.

    What:

    In keeping with the goals and strategies of the College’s Strategic Plan and with the collaborative support of the Faculty Development Committee, the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Task Force, the Associate Provost, and the Office of Mission, faculty and administrators are supported in their efforts to further their research, teaching, and service interests by traveling to other IALU institutions and inviting colleagues from IALU institutions to Manhattan College

    For Whom:

    Partnering with International Institutes within the greater Lasallian network is designed for university faculty and administrators.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT IALU

    Click here to view the previous participants

  • International Symposium on Lasallian Research

    When:

    October 1-3, 2021

    Where:

    Saint Mary’s University; Minneapolis, Minnesota

    What:

    The International Symposium on Lasallian Research brings together faculty and administrators from the international Lasallian higher education network to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and research across disciplines and across the globe, seeking to enhance the application of research and knowledge guided by faith to teaching and community engagement in the service of society, especially the marginalized. The Symposium, held in the Fall semester, is hosted by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota at their Minneapolis campus.  Of particular interest, though not exclusive, are the IALU themes of education and learning innovations; food, nutrition and health; and environmental sustainability.

    For Whom:

    The International Symposium on Lasallian Research is designed for university faculty and administrators.

    LEARN MORE

    Click here to view the previous Symposium participants

  • Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice

    When:

    TBD

    Where:

    Location Varies (e.g., Manhattan College, Poconos, Lewis University)

    What:

    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.

    For Whom:

    The Brother Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators.

    APPLY

  • Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy

    When:

    No current date

    Where:

    No current location; varies by year

    What:

    The Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy (LHEC) brings together faculty, staff, and administrators from a number of Lasallian colleges and universities to jointly contemplate and apply Lasallian values to topics or issues of common interest in a seminar-style gathering of colleagues. In past years, this has included discussion on “Together and by Association” as well as discussions focusing on racial justice. A recent virtual form of this conference stemmed a virtual dialogue that included Lasallians worldwide, check it out here.  

    For Whom:

    The Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy is designed for university faculty, staff, and administrators.

    Click here to view the previous LHEC Participants and topics of discussion

  • Lasallian Retreat Colloquy

    When:

    No current date

    Where:

    Saint Mary’s University; Winona, Minnesota

    What:

    The Lasallian Retreat Colloquy (LRC) brings together faculty, staff, and administrators from the two campuses (Winona and Minneapolis) of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with colleagues from Manhattan College for a  three-day opportunity to enhance their Lasallian vocation. At the invitation of Dr. Tim Gossen, Vice President for Mission and Student Life at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, the participants from both Lasallian institutions engage one another as together and by association they explore aspects of: 
    • the origins of the Lasallian heritage - and possible implications for our contemporary situations,
    • the vitality of the Lasallian heritage in our present local and international realities,
    • and our own personal sense of a Lasallian vocation.

    For Whom:

    The Lasallian Retreat Colloquy is designed for university faculty, staff, and administrators.

    Group photograph of faculty and administrators at Lasallian Retreat Colloquy

    Click here to view the previous LRC participants

  • Lasallian Social Justice Institute

    Lasallian Social Justice Institute logoWhen:

    July 18-24, 2021

    Where:

    De La Salle Blackfeet School; Browning, Montana 

    What:

    The Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI) is an experiential immersion program generally offered in early July that provides time for practical service and reflection for Lasallians involved in elementary, secondary, and higher education as well as child and family services. Its purpose is to promote the continuing process of conversion to solidarity with persons in poverty by being involved with them and to provide an authentic response to the Gospel and the Lasallian vocation.

    Past locations and topics have been:

    • Immigration in Tucson, AZ and El Paso, TX;
    • Gang Violence in Chicago, IL;
    • Homelessness in San Francisco, CA;
    • Civil Rights in Memphis, TN;
    • Human Trafficking, Minneapolis, MN;
    • Community Responses to Urban Challenges, Philadelphia, PA.

    For Whom:

    The Lasallian Social Justice Institute is designed for university faculty, staff, and administrators.

    LEARN MORE

  • Lasallian Women’s Retreat

    When:

    Spring 2021 (TBA)

    Where:

    La Salle Retreat Center; Narragansett, RI

    What:

    The DENA Women’s Retreat will be a time for conversation, reflection, music, laughter, prayer and community building. Lasallian Women will consider how we use our agency and voice to bring light to situations of darkness on our communities, our families, our world and ourselves. We will celebrate the work of women in our global Lasallian family that are torchbearers.

    For Whom:

    The Lasallian Women’s Retreat is designed for women faculty, staff, and administrators at Manhattan College.

    Previous Attendees:

    Christina Cardinale, Student Accounts; Lisa Juncaj, Student Accounts; Nancy Hesselbacher, Student Accounts; Keri Mulqueen, English; Lisa Rizopolous, Education

    LEARN MORE

  • Lilly Fellows Program

    Where:

    Valparaiso University; Valparaiso, Indiana

    What:

    The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities. Manhattan College holds a membership in the Lilly Fellows Program. The Manhattan College President’s Office coordinates connections with the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts, which consists of three distinct yet integrated initiatives:

    1. The Lilly Fellows Program offers residential two-year postdoctoral teaching fellowships at Valparaiso University for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and spiritual lives while preparing for leadership roles in teaching and administration in church-related institutions of higher education.
    2. The Lilly Graduate Fellowship Program supports for three years of their graduate education, exceptionally well qualified young men and women who have undergraduate degrees from LFP Network Schools and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.
    3. The Lilly Fellows Program National Network addresses issues of common interest to institutions in church-related higher education.  The Network's members explore the relationship of Christianity to the academic vocation, and strengthen the religious character of the institutions through a variety of activities and publications.

    For Whom:

    The Lilly Fellows Program is designed for university leaders, faculty, and administration.

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