Santa Clara University

A Tradition of Academic Excellence at SCU:

Life‰s Lessons Learned in Arts and Sciences

Mark Ravizza, Leilani Miller, and Marilyn Fernandez
Mark Ravizza, S.J., Leilani Miller, and Marilyn Fernandez serve as role models and mentors for SCU students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Educating young men and women to think critically and act ethically,in the marketplace of business and ideas, of science and technology, of environment and global economics, of law and justice, and all areas of human life,is the goal of the College of Arts and Sciences. The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences communicate their passion for their academic disciplines and their professional concern for students as whole persons by being role models and mentors.

Leilani Miller, associate professor of biology and former Clare Booth Luce Professor, exemplifies the teaching scholar model. Several years ago, Miller was awarded a National Science Foundation Career Grant to establish Project Lab, a class that integrates teaching and research. In teaching students how to do research, Project Lab offers the perfect transition to industry or graduate school. Student work in Project Lab is based on real experiences,they work on projects, not textbook problems, read the scientific literature critically, analyze data, and present results in both written and oral form. This often takes them to international conferences to present posters alongside graduate students and post-doctoral fellows,and it is all in synergy with Miller‰s own research.

Marilyn Fernandez, associate professor of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; department co-chair of the sociology program, and director of the Center for Multicultural Learning, thrives in an environment that nurtures a community of scholars. Fernandez uses Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Center for Community-Based Learning placements in almost all of the classes she teaches. In her Human Services class, students learn that the voices of the people they meet in the placements are as rich a resource of information as their textbooks. The classroom discussions integrate theories with students‰ personal experiences of volunteering with the Arrupe Center, a process that encourages students to become more competent sociologists by being more compassionate and more understanding of the ethical issues involved. These students have a broader perspective on how what they are doing can serve the greater community, and how their actions can help to improve the lives of others.

The work of Mark Ravizza, S.J., senior fellow in the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education, associate professor of philosophy, and faculty director of the Loyola Residential Learning Community, is centered around promoting integrated education in the Jesuit tradition,as part of the Lilly Foundation grant, DISCOVER.

His research has been shaped by asking the questions, "What are the world‰s needs?" and "What is our responsibility as a university, as a community, and as individuals, to respond?"

A three-pronged approach brings together faculty, staff, and students around an innovative program that integrates core courses, community-based learning, immersion experiences, and residential education in the Loyola RLC. The community explores the place of faith and justice in our world, and helps students match their own gifts and talents to the world‰s needs.

Ravizza‰s charge is to look at how to provide and support integrated education,how to help students connect the academic skills learned in the classroom to their lives.

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