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Thanks to a generous gift from the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Brescia University has established The Ursuline Center of Teaching and Learning. This Center, dedicated to enhancing academic excellence through varied and ongoing faculty development, continues the almost 500-year Ursuline educational tradition. Over the centuries, as Ursulines have met ever new challenges and adapted to changing times, Ursuline teachers reached out to under-served populations and pioneered new teaching techniques. Formed by the spirituality and writings of their founder, St. Angela Merici, they sought to respect the individual needs and differences in their students and to provide a holistic education that shaped mind, body, and spirit. Though they initially taught only girls and were limited by the constraints of the cloister, changing needs helped them expand to include boys in their schools. In a spirit of inclusivity, they also welcomed students of various faith and ethnic traditions; in North America, for example, Ursulines under the leadership of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation taught Native children in 17th-century Canada and Ursulines in New Orleans (the first religious community in the United States) taught both slaves and free blacks.
Brescia University, founded by and under the ongoing sponsorship of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, continues to promote quality education, the formation of the whole person, and inclusive welcome of all people. Since higher education is changing so rapidly today, in the true Ursuline spirit of reading the signs of the times and making appropriate changes, this Ursuline Center of Teaching and Learning is dedicated to helping Brescia faculty remain current in the art and science of teaching and learning. To that end, this LibGuide has been developed by the staff of the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library. Brescia’s faculty and administration owes them a debt of gratitude.
May the Ursuline Center of Teaching and Learning open new doors to Brescia faculty members who already embody “the Brescia Difference,” and enhance their already noteworthy dedication to their students!
Cheryl Clemons, OSU, Ph.D.
VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean