Faculty & Staff Opportunities

Many opportunities are available to faculty and staff, ranging from informal gatherings such as Soup and Substance luncheons to workshops and institutes such as the Lasallian Leadership Institute, the Buttimer Institute and the Lasallian Social Justice Institute. Immersion in our Lasallian tradition gives SMC faculty and staff opportunities to grow personally, professionally and spiritually.  

The spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle informs the experiences of not only our students but also our faculty and staff. We provide resources and programs to help you make the mission and traditions of Saint Mary's College an essential and enriching part of your work here. In return, your decisions and actions form a critical part of the College's mission and help us move forward in the true spirit of Lasallian education.

Many Mission Education programs are available to you during the summer of 2016. Please review the following institutes, immersions, retreat, and colloquy. Each offering is created and delivered by a different institution with the duration of each varying from three days to a month. The majority of mission education experiences are designed for both staff and faculty (two are for faculty only and one is for administrators only). You are invited to consider applying for a program that interests you.

Engaging with the Lasallian World: A Mini "Buttimer Insitute" for SMC

From De La Salle to Lasallian 

  • Day One explores the history and life of De La Salle
  • Day Two explores Lasallian Pedgagoy, yester and today
  • Day Three explores Lasallian spirituality that has endured over 330 years
Dates: July 11 - 13 at SMC,
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and one dinner 
Facilitators: Br. Jeffrey Calligan, Dr. Greg Kopra, Charlie Legendre, along with our own Br. Camillus Chavez
  • Stronger community with colleagues
  • Deeper conneciton with the Lasallian heritage that may change how you experience your work, the way you teach and and the way you relate to one another and to our students

A Vocational Retreat: “God Finding us in the Presence of Our Students”

A vocational retreat, being planned by the Mission Leadership Team retreat team, will allow an inner dialogue between a participant’s own sense of vocation and the mission of the College; a spiritual retreat, that is, time away that is not task-oriented and that is framed in prayer and quiet time.

Location: St. Joseph Camp, Russian River (within 80 miles of SMC) and families are welcome.

Dates: June 6-10

The Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI)

LSJI is a week-long formation program for Partners and Brothers in the Region based on the Gospel and our Lasallian vocation to the promotion of social justice and service with the poor. Developed by Partners and Brothers, it is a response to the call from both grassroots Lasallians and General Chapters of the Bothers for programs that strengthen “associated for educational services of the poor.” This year’s focus will be on human trafficking.

Location: Minneapolis, Minn.

Dates: July TBA (one week)

Vandhu Paaru “Come and See”

An International Immersion Program for Lasallian Educators with sites including India, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar

These immersion experiences offer participants one of the most profound means of Lasallian formation available, through direct work with the poor in the spirit of the Lasallian tradition. Faculty and staff live with the Brothers and offer fundamental services such as teaching English and offering assistance in building schools.

Application deadline Feb. 5

Locations: India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar

Dates: June 19-July 15, a preparation orientation will be held on April 16

The Buttimer Institute

The Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies is a residential program offered for two weeks for three years. Topics of study include: The Founding Story; De La Salle’s Educational Vision; and De La Salle’s Spiritual Vision. Lasallian educators come from regional and international works: universities, secondary schools, San Miguel middle schools, as well as from educational institutions serving court adjudicate youth. Instructors include Brother and lay Partner scholars: Br. Jeffrey Calligan, Br. Bill Mann (President SMU and SMC Board member), Br. Tim Caldwell and Dr. Greg Kopra (a SFNO District educational leader and SMC lecturer).

Location: Saint Mary’s College (including residence hall living)

Dates: June 26 - July 8, 2016 (residential program on SMC campus) and a commitment for two successive years

Engaging with the Lasallian World—A Mini Buttimer Institute

This three-day institute will animate Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan: From De La Salle to Lasallian. Day One explores the History and Life of De La Salle; Day Two explores Lasallian Pedagogy, yesterday and today; Day Three explores Lasallian Spirituality that has endured over 330 years. Content will include lectures, readings, discussions, videos, meditations, prayers, and meals.

Anticipated Outcomes: stronger community with colleagues, deeper personal connection with the Lasallian heritage that may change how you experience your work, the way you teach, the way you relate to one another and to our students.

Facilitators: Buttimer presenters will be Br. Jeffrey Calligan, Dr. Greg Kopra, and Charlie Legendre, along with our own Br. Camillus Chavez

Created by Lesley Welty, Associate Registrar. Sponsored by the Office of Mission

Location: Saint Mary’s College (day program)

Dates: July 11-13

Faculty-Only Opportunities

International Lasalilian University Leadership Program (ILULP)

The International Lasallian Leadership Program, which occurs every summer at Casa La Salle in Rome, is an intensive two-week immersion program for faculty leaders from around the globe concentrating on Lasallian history and Catholic spirituality. IALU institutions are invited to send teams of 3 faculty members who, after completing the program, will serve as on-campus catalysts to foster Lasallian charism and Catholic identity within our institutions. Participants form a dynamic community of learners who will receive instruction in the Lasallian heritage, participate in daily prayers and spiritual direction, visit significant historic sites, examine core Institute documents, and commit to a project which advances their school's Lasallian mission.

This program has been developed in response to the needs of higher education faculty and to the call from the International Institute for tertiary education to become involved in researching the effects of new forms of poverty—poverty resulting from global emigration, immigration, war, disease and family disintegration—on the students we teach, and the implications for Lasallian educators. With simultaneous bilingual translations in English and Spanish, multinational participants will hail from many different Lasallian institutions around the globe. The rich international nature of is formation program will strengthen the quality of exchange among participants.

Location: Casa La Salle, Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Rome, Italy

Dates: June 6-18


The Annual Colloquy Collegium engages faculty from all traditions to discover how they can make a particular contribution to their institution's identity that respects and explores Catholicism's traditions and goals, while also respecting and taking advantage of their own religious perspectives and talents. Read how some participants are "taking the conversation home" and extending their Collegium experience.

Collegium's membership represents 65 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Member colleges pay annual dues to support the program.

Location: University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

Dates: June 17-24

Administrators-Only Opportunity

Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education (IACHE) at Boston College

Each July, the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education hosts a four-day seminar providing a singular opportunity for administrators and leaders at Catholic colleges and universities around the globe to interact with some of the nation’s most outstanding scholars and practitioners as they address issues that Catholic higher education faces on a daily basis. A sample of issues the seminar strives to address is:

*What does it mean to be a Catholic college or university in the 21st century? *How do we animate a Catholic campus culture? *What role does the Catholic intellectual tradition play to inform curriculum and intellectual life? *What defines the nature of the relationships and the appropriate practices between institutions of Catholic higher education and the Church? *What are the implications of increased lay leadership in Catholic colleges and universities? *How does Catholic social and moral teaching inform campus culture, policies, and curriculum? *How do we assess the mission?

The seminar is designed to serve administrative leaders such as presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, deans, mission officers, major program directors, and others in positions responsible for institutional mission and identity.

Dates: July 11-14

All are encouraged and welcome to apply. Please note that registration deadlines come as early as Feb. 5.

For more information, if you are interested in one of these programs, please contact the following resource: for Vandhu Paaru go to the SFNO District website at www.delasalle.org; for Buttimer or LSJI, go to the Christian Brothers Conference website at http://lasallian.info/programs-events; for the Mini-Buttimer, contact [email protected]; for the Vocation Retreat, IALU Rome and IACHE Boston College, contact [email protected].

If you wish to participate in any of the above offerings, please contact Carole Swain [email protected] or Sally Jamison [email protected] for more information about the application process, payment and supervisor support. Saint Mary’s College in collaboration with the District of San Francisco New Orleans and the Region of North America will cover all costs of participation.