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The Cardinal Suenens Center
The Cardinal Suenens Center honors the life and work of Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens (1904-1996), Archbishop of Malines-Brussels and Primate of Belgium.  The Center has the following goals:  to study the achievements and heritage of Vatican Council II; to be attentive especially to the reception of the as yet unachieved goals of the council; and, through symposia, publications, and funded scholarly research, to increase understanding and pursuit of those goals; to further the ecumenical advances of the council through respectful dialogue; to bridge conversation between church leadership and the theological community; and to intersect the pastoral goals of Vatican Council II with those of the culture in response to the Church’s present call for “the evangelization of the culture.”  Given the council’s recommendation that we be attentive to “the signs of the times,” the Center is actively involved in pursuing interfaith dialogue.  Every other year, the Cardinal Suenens Center designates a recipient for the Living Water Award.  Past honorees:  1996—Mother Teresa and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin; 1998—Cardinal Godfried Danneels; 2000—Cardinal Franz Koenig; 2002—Cardinal Roberto Tucci, S.J.; 2005—Helen Prejean, C.S.J.; 2006—Giuseppe Alberigo.  Each year an invitation is extended to a prominent person to deliver the Margaret F. Grace lecture on “Where do I find hope?”  The distinguished list includes:  Godfried Cardinal Danneels; Reverend Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.; Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.; Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.; Reverend Richard Rohr, O.F.M.; Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr.; and William Cardinal Leveda.  Director:  Dr. Doris Donnelly, Department of Religious Studies.

The Center for Service and Social Action
Founded in 1992, the Center for Service and Social Action reflects the mission and commitment of John Carroll University to the formation of men and women who “excel in learning, leadership, and service.”  The center seeks to educate for justice by offering the John Carroll community opportunities for learning through service by way of community-based learning, service-based immersion programs, voluntary service activities for individuals and groups, and other service events and programs grounded in the theory of social justice and the practice of social action.

The center provides developmental and logistical support to students engaged in service, training and development opportunities to faculty who choose to integrate justice education and service into their courses, and outreach assistance and education partnerships to over 50 not-for-profit and faith-based organizations and agencies serving the Cleveland area.  The center also reaches out to and connects with our national and international communities through service-based immersion programs in Chicago, New Orleans, Mexico, Honduras, and other locations.  Director:  Dr. Margaret Finucane, The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

The Center for Global Education
The Center for Global Education exists to foster a vibrant international campus culture and support University efforts towards a coherent program of international education for all John Carroll students.  To this end, the center works closely with the University’s area studies and other international studies programs to develop and enhance international curricular and co-curricular offerings across the University.  The center strives to expand opportunities for study abroad and international exchange; advises and works with international students and scholars; convenes student workshops on international awards and fellowships; and supports the Fulbright visiting lecturer series and other international-related events and programs.  Director:  Dr. Andreas Sobisch, Department of Political Science.

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology (CMSETT)
The Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology (CMSETT) was established at John Carroll University in 1999 with the mission to advance the quality of K-12 mathematics and science education in northeastern Ohio.  This is accomplished through building upon successful initiatives of the University to improve mathematics and science instruction in local school districts and through collaboration with faculty and representatives of K-12 institutions, other higher education institutions, and other organizations in the region.

CMSETT provides professional development programs and workshops for mathematics and science educators based on the national vision for reform in science, mathematics, and technology education.  The purpose of these programs is to improve content knowledge in the areas of science and mathematics and appropriate teaching strategies based on current research on human learning and effective practices.  Courses may be taken for graduate credit.

A variety of professional development opportunities is offered to area mathematics and science teachers of grades K-12 each summer.  In addition, specific programs are designed with individual districts to meet their needs for ongoing program improvement.  Director:  Linda Gojak.

The Center for Faculty Development
The Center for Faculty Development supports the University’s mission by providing resources to foster the professional development of the faculty.  The center works collaboratively with other campus organizations to sponsor programming and provide funding for initiatives aimed at the stimulation of faculty involvement in curricular and pedagogic innovation within and across disciplines.  The center also seeks to promote intellectual community and to provide networking opportunities for faculty.  Via the center, faculty are afforded a place to discuss their work in a forum that is developmental rather than evaluative, allowing for an open exchange of ideas.  It plays an active role in providing leadership, coordination, and support for teaching and research in the belief that good teacher-scholars change lives. Director:  Dr. Mark Waner, Department of Chemistry.

The Faculty Technology Innovation Center
The Faculty Technology Innovation Center (FTIC) is a unit within Information Technology Services dedicated to the support and advancement of technology-enhanced teaching, learning, and research at John Carroll University.  Equipped with the latest hardware and software resources, the FTIC strives to meet its objectives through a combination of faculty research and multimedia development assistance, workshops, and application support.  Students interested in working in the center as multimedia developers or programmers are encouraged to check the FTIC website for available positions at www.jcu.edu/ftic. Director:  Dr. Jay Tarby.


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