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JCU Professor makes a case for ‘Wonder’ in Education

The director of John Carroll University’s Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program highlighted the power of wonder during a recent podcast interview. 

Dr. Phil Metres, an award-winning poet and professor of English, joined chemist Nicole Bouvier Brown of Loyola Marymount University on The Intersection to explore the power of wonder to help people in higher education become more integrated and fulfilled. In the episode titled “The Work of Wondering,” Metres and Bouvier Brown delve deeper into the idea by contemplating three main questions: 

  • What would happen if we consciously placed wonder at the center of all of our work in higher education? 

  • How might wonder be shared across the institutional structures that divide staff from faculty, students from administrators?

  • How can greater attention to the power of wonder help make everyone in higher education more whole? 

Drawing on Jesuit traditions of contemplation, self-examination, discernment, and spiritual care, The Intersection dares to imagine wholeness as a shared good in higher education. It invites listeners to reflect on how the alignment between intellect and affect, between thinking and emotion can be a catalyst for more meaningful work and more meaningful lives. Click here to listen to the complete episode of The Intersection.

Philip Metres smiles at the camera

Dr. Phil Metres

Television Academy Foundation Honors JCU Communications Professor

Reverend Dr. Maurice Emelu, John Carroll University assistant professor of digital communication and co-director of the MS in Digital Marketing and Communication Strategy, is a recipient of The Television Academy Foundation Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships award.  This fellowship is named in honor of the late Alex Trebek, longtime host of the quiz show Jeopardy! We congratulate Dr. Emelu on this prestigious fellowship. 


Reverend Dr. Maurice Emelu (above, left)

Introducing Teens to Philosophy Through Mystery

Sharon Kaye, Ph.D., John Carroll University Professor of Philosophy, has written a new novel. Her latest work, The Original Position, is part philosophy novel, part murder mystery, geared toward older teens.

The Original Position is the final book in her Western philosophy series. The series consists of books for children in kindergarten all the way through the twelfth grade, taking students through the full history of the Western philosophical tradition. 

Each book in the series is accompanied by a teacher manual containing historical and philosophical information about the philosophers and the events from the story. The series gets kids thinking and debating after reading each story.


Dr. Sharon Kaye

ITS Professional to be Featured on WKYC

Marcel Cunningham, an IT professional in JCU's ITS department, will be featured in an upcoming segment on WKYC news. Cunningham will be recognized for his success after taking part in the career pathways program with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. Cunningham earned his first IT certificate (Comptia A+) and a paid internship through the program. Since completing the program he has earned four other IT certificates. Cunningham has been a member of JCU's ITS team since November 2020. The piece will air in February on WKYC, the exact date has not been determined. 


Marcel Cunningham (above, left)

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