Exploring Our Institutional Learning Goals

Efforts are underway to help our campus community explore more deeply our Institutional Learning Goals (ILGs), which reflect what it means to be educated in the Catholic and Marianist traditions at the University of Dayton.  Thanks to the work of a number of groups, conversations are occurring and resources are being developed to help faculty and staff think about how to more intentionally integrate and incorporate these ILGs in our work with students.  Recall that the Habits of Inquiry and Reflection (HIR) document from 2006 articulates the seven Institutional Learning Goals for our students:

  • Scholarship
  • Faith traditions
  • Diversity
  • Community
  • Practical wisdom
  • Critical evaluation of our times
  • Vocation.
  • Two groups, one focused on Vocation and one focused on Practical Wisdom, developed working papers to enhance our understanding of these ILGs and take stock of what is already being done on campus to help our students pursue these ILGs.  These working papers can be found on the Provost’s web site (https://www.udayton.edu/provost/about/resources.php).  

Beginning last academic year, a third working group was convened around the ILG of Community.  That team, led by Steve Herndon (Student Development) and Kelly Johnson (Religious Studies), is completing their working paper, which will be available on the Provost’s web site later this semester.

All of the efforts to explore three of our ILGs more deeply have led to the creation of teams designed to help faculty, staff, and students with pursuit of these goals.  The Vocation team is led by Steve Wilhoit (English/LTC) and Crystal Sullivan (Campus Ministry) and a Practical Wisdom team is being chaired by Steve Bein (Philosophy).

Be on the lookout for opportunities to engage with these groups in their work in the coming semesters and, if you are interested in convening a group around one of the ILGs that remain to be explored, please reach out to Michelle Pautz, Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program (CAP), at mpautz1@udayton.edu.

The Provost’s Office appreciates the contributions of the following individuals, past and present, to these efforts.


Mike Bennett, Campus Ministry/Retreats and Faith Communities

Maria Ollier Burkett, Honors Program

Kim Conde, UDit

Madeleine DeBeer, Chemistry/Premedical Programs

Irene Dickey, Management and Marketing

Jason Eckert, Career Services

Cheryl Edelmann, MIS, OM & Decision Sciences

Susan Ferguson, Center for Catholic Education

Re’Shanda Grace-Bridges, Student Development/New Student Programs

Kevin Hallinan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Andrew Henrick, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Julie Huckaba, Flyer Student Services/Financial Aid

Katie Kinnucan-Welsch, Teacher Education

Suki Kwon, Art and Design

Allison Leigh, Office for Mission and Rector

Marissa McCray, Core Program

Elizabeth Montgomery, Campus Ministry/Retreats and Faith Communities

Steven Neiheisel, Political Science

Judy Owen, Learning Teaching Center/Common Academic Program

Molly Schaller, formerly in Counselor Education and Human Services

Christina Smith, Student Development/Housing and Residence Life

Crystal Sullivan, Campus Ministry

Karen Velasquez, Learning Teaching Center/Experiential Learning

Cari Wallace, Student Development

Michael (Sievers) Wheeler, Career Services

Steve Wilhoit, English and Learning Teaching Center/Faculty Career Enhancement

Amy Vukcevic Williams, Advancement/Alumni Relations

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, Religious Studies and Institute for Pastoral Initiatives

Practical Wisdom

Steve Bein, Philosophy

Jana Bennett, Religious Studies

Kelly Bohrer, School of Engineering/Community Relations

Susan Brown, Learning Teaching Center/Faculty Development and Communication

Riley Dugan, Management and Marketing

Br. Ray Fitz, S.M., Fitz Center/Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice

Sandy Furterer, Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology

Martha Hurley, Criminal Justice Studies

Justin Keen, Learning Teaching Center/Assessment and Student Centered Analytics

Samantha Kennedy, Campus Ministry/Center for Social Concern

Drew Murray, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Danielle Page, Student Development/Housing and Residence Life

Haozhou Pu, Health and Sport Science

Lisa Rismiller, Office of the President

Mary Kate Sableski, Teacher Education

Christine Schramm, Student Development

Yvonne Sun, Biology

Karen Velasquez, Learning Teaching Center/Experiential Learning

Versalle Washington, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences and History

Tom Whitney, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

David Wright, Biology, Learning Teaching Center/Academic Technology and Curriculum Innovation, and UDit


Kim Bigelow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Una Cadegan, History

Diana Cuy Castellanos, Health and Sport Science

Alan Demmitt, Counselor Education and Human Services

Christopher Fishpaw, Student Development/Center for Student Involvement

Hunter Phillips Goodman, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Daria Graham, Student Development/Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sangita Gosalia, Center for International Programs/Campus Engagement

Steve Herndon, Student Development/Housing and Residence Life

Kelly Johnson, Religious Studies

Joseph Krella, School of Business Administration

Chad Painter, Communication

Chelse Prather, Biology

Kathy Sales, Campus Ministry

Kellie Schneider, Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology

Castel Sweet, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Bill Trollinger, History, Religious Studies, and Core Program

Erick Vasquez, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chanel Wright, Center for International Programs/Campus Engagement

Mary Ziskin, Educational Administration

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