Two Fairfield University professors win book award


Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka, associate professor of politics, and Dr. Elizabeth Petrino, associate professor of English, co-edited the book, one of just four recognized this year by Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

“I am very pleased to see Jocelyn and Elizabeth honored in this manner,” said the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, senior vice president for academic affairs. “Both co-edited the volume and contributed a chapter entitled, The Personal is Political: At the Intersection of Feminist and Jesuit Education. I want to also signal the contributions of several other members of the Fairfield University community who were participants in the conference that grew into this book.”

Dr. Elizabeth Dryer, professor of religious studies, wrote the opening chapter on St. Ignatius’ letters to and from women. Dr. Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley chair and professor of Catholic Studies, traced similarities between Jesuit and feminist pedagogical goals in the traditional classroom.

Dr. Robbin Crabtree, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Joe DeFeo, associate dean of students and director of student development; and Melissa Quan, associate director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, co-authored a chapter comparing and contrasting feminist pedagogy, the Ignatian paradigm and service learning.

Dr. David Gudelunas, assistant professor of communication, wrote a chapter on LGBTQ students and faculty on Jesuit campuses, and university president Jeffrey P. von Arx wrote the forward, framing “the whole enterprise within the virtues of respect and collaboration,” Fitzgerald said.

“This volume, thanks to its outstanding contributors, directly connects the Jesuit commitments to diversity and social justice with feminist teaching and learning” Boryczka said. “It does so by addressing issues such as women’s historical role in the Jesuit tradition and the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex and sexuality on our campuses across the United States and globally that are critical, not only to Jesuit universities and colleges, but also to the broader community.”

Petrino agreed, saying the book reflects an ongoing commitment to consider how Ignatian pedagogy and feminism might inform each other.

“Given the long history among Jesuit universities of engaging with other religious and philosophical traditions, this volume considers the shared perspectives and inherent differences that are perfectly in keeping with the diversity and reflection so central to Jesuit education,” she said.

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