Lonergan Graduate Fellowships
Support of Lonergan scholarship on the graduate level continues with the award of two Lonergan Graduate Fellowships in Fall 2012. The purpose of the award is to support scholars on a graduate level who are preparing a thesis on Lonergan's work, which lends itself to studies that bridge theology and the sciences, with human studies and methodological issues. Thesis development is reviewed by the Institute's director, Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, a noted Lonergan scholar.
About the Fellows:
Summer Research Fellows Program
Nancy Lennon – Doctoral Candidate, Educational Administration, Seton Hall University
'The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate how professors infuse critical thinking into their college courses. In the new millennium, critical thinking is an important goal to teach in college. Seton Hall University has developed a Core Curriculum, which consists of three required Core (Signature) courses, Journey of Transformation, Christianity and Culture in Dialogue, and Engaging the World, to support its strong commitment to teaching critical thinking to undergraduate students.
In order to gain a greater understanding of how professors infuse critical thinking into Core courses, it is necessary to become familiar with how the Core Committee, which developed guidelines for infusing critical thinking as one of the core proficiencies, views the definition of critical thinking. The Core Committee conception of defining critical thinking is based upon Bernard Lonergan's cognitive theory, which formulates thinking about thinking (meta cognition) in terms of dynamic structure, where thinking revolved around the parts of the whole cognitive process, so human knowing interacts with one's experience, understanding and judgment.
In light of understanding Lonergan's thinking through the lens of a dynamic structure, Lonergan's (GEM) General Empirical Method is rooted in all levels of cognitive processes of experiencing, understanding, judging and deciding/acting as a method to teach critical thinking, this researcher has created a matrix to reveal how the levels of cognitive processes of experiencing, understanding, judging and deciding/acting can be infused and interacts as a method in and among all the three Core (Signature) courses.
The most decisive question for this study continues to evolve with more questions and coheres with Lonergan's General Empirical Method as: how does this researcher think about the method generated by the research from this qualitative study on how professors infuse critical thinking into college courses?'
Suzanne Geronimi – Master of Theology, Biblical Track, Seton Hall.
'Like Lonergan, I began my studies in economics, receiving both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in that field. My career has focused on international trade and I currently work in consulting, focusing on import/export trade regulations. My position has allowed me the opportunity to travel extensively as a speaker on international supply chain management, and my insight of free trade agreements and trade barriers has helped me better understand some of the social injustices caused by our global trading patterns.
Studying the Trinity in my coursework increased my interest in Bernard Lonergan's work in this area. My thesis would be focused on Lonergan's work on the Trinity with the goal of uniting his work with the contemporary problem of living in a secular world. This would form the basis of inspiring a renewed interest and appreciation for the saving grace of the Trinity and a contemporary way to teach methods in today's world that would inspire Christians to embrace and promote the Trinity as the center of their lives."
In Summer of 2011, the program was begun to support young scholars with opportunity to devote time to their study and advancement of the thought of Bernard J. Lonergan. The first Summer Fellow, Gregory Floyd, is a PhD candidate at Boston College working in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion and Lonergan Studies. He is interested in Lonergan's thought about the possibility and nature of philosophic discourse on God.
The Lonergan Summer Research Fellow is awarded a stipend to assist in the academic and administrative tasks of the Lonergan Institute, including the editing and production of the Lonergan Review. Time is provided for independent research and scholarship which is supported by the bibliographic and faculty resources available through the Institute.