Teaching by Example: Staff Interactions at Catholic Colleges as Behavioral Models of Christian Love

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Gary Umhoefer

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Forming an authentic human community animated by the spirit of Christ entails teaching by both word and example. At Catholic institutions of higher education, these examples cannot be limited to classrooms and residence halls; students just as importantly learn from observing every day, spontaneous behaviors among all those employed at the institution. How these employees treat one another — at all levels, in all locations, in every situation — teaches by example. If you closed your eyes and listened to staff, faculty, and administration interactions, would it be apparent you were at a Catholic university where ‘love one another’ was foundational? This article explores some ways in which Catholic institutions of higher education can intentionally approach staff interactions as models of Christian love.

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