This proposal expands JBU’s ability to educate students in the intellectual virtues by funding the creation of a Program for Intellectual Virtue (“PIV”) housed at JBU’s on-campus Center for Faith and Flourishing. This Program will provide resources to create curriculum, train faculty, and form communities of practice that will promote the cultivation of the intellectual virtues among JBU’s 1200+ person undergraduate student body. Starting fall 2021, JBU is educating all incoming freshman in the intellectual virtues through its required first year “Gateway” seminar. This is a good start. but the university needs additional resources to form students in the intellectual virtues.
The PIV will encourage discussion, curriculum innovation, and learning about intellectual virtue and pedagogy within JBU’s four colleges. Project deliverables include: documented curriculum changes in 15-24 courses, 60 faculty roundtables led by representatives within each college, 2 week-long summer trainings, 3 campus-wide lectures on or debates modeling intellectual virtue, 2 faculty development events, 6 student club discussions, and 2 faculty awards for excellence in teaching virtue. The project’s outcomes include the cultivation of intellectual virtue in 1,200+ students and a positive cultural influence at JBU to support intellectual virtue education at the university.