Aligning Conversations: From Seminars to Curricular Reform

Main Article Content

Brother Raymond Fitz, SM, Ph.D.
Patricia Altenbernd Johnson, Ph.D.


The following pages present an account of practices developed at the University of Dayton, a Catholic university in the Marianist tradition, to help faculty more intentionally integrate liberal learning and business education by focusing on ways the Catholic Intellectual Tradition can shape the context in which this integration takes place. The fi rst section describes a series of seminars, looking particularly at how these seminars have led to a focus on “educating for lives of reasoned action.” The second section sets out several elements, including practical reasoning and Catholic social thought, that faculty agree are fundamental for educating for this focus. Section three summarizes collaborative structures and practices that have been developed to further curricular revision. The fourth section outlines insights that have been gleaned from this work, including an emerging framework for curricular change.

Article Details

Author Biographies

Brother Raymond Fitz, SM, Ph.D., University of Dayton

Brother Raymond L. Fitz, SM, Ph.D., is Ferree Professor in Social Justice at the University of Dayton. He has been experimenting with pedagogies that utilize both the practical reasoning approach to ethics and the Catholic Social Tradition to address issues across the university curriculum, and is also active in advancing urban justice.

Patricia Altenbernd Johnson, Ph.D., University of Dayton

Patricia A. Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Alumni Chair in Humanities at the University of Dayton. She is currently piloting a course in business ethics that focuses on practical reasoning and makes use of materials developed in the faculty seminars.