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Faculty Groups

Faculty Groups

The Faculty Development Program provides grants of $500 per year to support interdisciplinary groups of faculty who wish to meet on a regular basis to read and discuss scholarship of mutual interest and support one another's work. Funds are intended to pay for food, reading materials, and/or other relevant expenses. 

Proposals are accepted year round and can be submitted by emailing Groups should include faculty (and possibly staff) from multiple academic departments (discipline-specific groups should seek support from their departments). A brief survey must be completed at the end of the academic year indicating how the funds were used and how participation in the group influenced members.

Listed below are a number of faculty groups that provide opportunities for shared dialogue, support, and mentorship.

Study Groups

Applied Spirituality Institute

The Applied Spirituality Institute (ASI) (formerly the Spirituality and Health Institute) is devoted to exploring the complex relationship between spirituality and well being from an interdisciplinary, multicultural perspective. Faculty, staff, and students from Santa Clara as well as other universities (e.g., Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the Graduate Theological Union) participate in a variety of collaborative research, teaching and outreach projects. The intention behind ASI is to bring creative, thoughtful and rigorous scholarly pursuit to better elucidate the relationship between spirituality and well being. Visit the group's webpage for more information.

Bioethics Group

The Bioethics Faculty Group, facilitated by Margaret McLean (Ethics Center & Religious Studies) and Michelle Oberman (Law), is a multidisciplinary group interested in all things bioethics--from addiction to xenotransplantation.  We meet twice per quarter for lunch, cookies, and conversation.  If you're interested in bioethics, please join us.  Contact Margaret McLean at for more information.

Developmental Science Research Group

The Developmental Science Research Group connects faculty working on research and scholarship questions related to childhood development. We discuss our research questions and findings, and we share ideas for best practices in recruitment, community outreach, involving students in research, and finding external grant support. We also strive to identify new intersections of our work that could become fruitful places for collaboration. Contact Kirsten Read at for more information.

Political Theory Study Group

The Political Theory Study Group was founded in 1988 and has been meeting about three times a quarter since.  We read books in political theory, understood broadly. Last year we read Thucydides. We are now reading J.S. Mill, and we will soon read Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.  Readings and meeting times are decided by the participants. New participants are most welcome; contact Philip Kain for more information

Shut Up and Write!

Shut Up and Write is not a writing feedback group, nor do we exchange work or perform critiques. It is merely an opportunity to write in community with others, and no commitment is necessary--feel free to attend when you can. For more information about this group, contact Amy Lueck.

The Interdisciplinary tUrn: A Climate Crisis Research Group

The Interdisciplinary tUrn: A Climate Crisis Research Group [CCRG] is a discussion group for faculty and staff that meets between October and April tUrn weeks. If you are wishing to deepen your informed commitments to climate action, climate conversations, climate research and solutions, please consider joining. We meet once in late Fall, three times in Winter, and once in Spring. Uniquely-themed sessions are co-facilitated by Chris Bacon, Zsea Bowmani, Leslie Gray, Carolyn Guggemos, Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Kristin Kusanovich, Ed Maurer, Chad Raphael, Katharine Rondthaler, Brian Thorstenson & Cara Uy-Segal. To sign up, please fill out this brief form. For more information, please contact the research group lead, Kristin Kusanovich, at

Affiliation Groups

African American Faculty Network

The purpose of the African American Faculty Network at SCU is to provide a welcoming space of support, networking, mentoring/co-mentoring and advocacy for all SCU faculty of African descent. For more information, please contact Brett Solomon x4672. 

Disabilities Network

The SCU Disabilities Network welcomes all faculty and staff with disabilities.  The purpose of the network is to meet one to two times per quarter to empower group members, provide a space for mentoring/co-mentoring and advocacy, and facilitate a welcoming environment for faculty and staff with disabilities. Allies are welcome at policy-focused meetings. For more information, contact Molly King or Laura Ellingson (x7056).

The Jewish Faculty Group (JFG)    

The Jewish Faculty Group, facilitated by Akiba Lerner (Religious Studies), provides a network for faculty who are interested in matters related to Judaism, Jewish studies, and Jewish identity. Primary activities revolve around yearly gatherings for discussion over dinner. If you are interested and/or would like to be added to the email list, please contact Akiba Lerner at

Latina/o Faculty Group

Founded in 2007, the Latina/o Faculty Group was established to provide support and mentoring for Latina/o faculty in their professional careers and to foster a welcoming and friendly environment for Latina/o faculty on campus. It also serves as a resource for the university in its efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive community.
For more information, contact Anna Sampaio or Pedro Hernandez-Ramos.

LGBTQ Faculty Group

SCU LGBTQ Faculty Group provides information, support and mentoring for LGBTQ Faculty. We also serve as a resource for the university in its efforts to create a more welcoming and inclusive community. Questions? Contact Sonja Mackenzie at

Women of Color Network

Santa Clara University’s Women of Color Network welcomes all women of color: faculty, staff and students. The mission of the network is to empower and support members of the network and to provide education and awareness to the campus community.  The network is a collaborative effort of the Office for Multicultural Learning, Faculty Development and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Contact Brett Solomon x4692

Women Faculty Group

The Women Faculty Group (WFG), which has flourished for more than twenty years, includes women faculty from departments throughout the campus community. The WFG meets to discuss topics of interest to women faculty, including issues relevant to their professional and personal lives, the University community, and work-life balance. The WFG has been instrumental in creating programs and policies that provide professional and personal support for all Santa Clara faculty. All women faculty are welcome to join this group of energetic and creative women.  For further information please contact Laura Ellingson at

Leadership Groups

Ignatian Faculty Forum

The Ignatian Faculty Forum (IFF) is a gathering of faculty leaders who meet once a month to explore how the Ignatian-Catholic tradition can inform the life of the scholar-teacher. Through shared dialogue focused on personal and professional challenges, participants from diverse departments and disciplines create a small circle of trust and support for shared discernment. IFF seeks to form a cadre of emergent leaders steeped in the wisdom of the Ignatian tradition, prepared to carry forward Santa Clara’s mission and values. The Forum is sponsored by the Bannan Institute within the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Participation is by invitation from the Provost and Director of the Center. For further information, contact the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (408-554-6917).