Fred Devett
Phone: 630-966-7770
Degree Level/Concentration: MA, MSSW, MDiv.


Professional Background:
A newcomer to Illinois, I have lived in Madison, Wisconsin for the last thirty years, and taught at the Madison Center of Concordia University, since 1997. My teaching includes courses in the social sciences, writing, grammar, literature and theology. I am licensed (Il and WI) as a Marriage and Family therapist and also as a Clinical Social Worker. My teaching and clinical practice have enriched one another in many ways, and I've witnessed significant development in the accelerated adult learning concept during the past decade.

Southwest Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains was my original home, and I have frequently traveled in the West and Southwest. I enjoy living in the Heartland of this country - and visiting all its parts. Native American issues and history, cowboy poetry, and theatre are special interests in my free time.

My re-location to Illinois in January of 2007 was to enter Marmion Abbey in Aurora, to become a Benedictine monk. Teaching at Moser College is both an opportunity and a commitment to my own deepest interest in the longstanding tradition of Benedictine education.


Philosophy of Education:
My role as an educator is to create an arena for an effective and creative interplay of a student's interest, experience, and desire for learning with a body of knowledge (usually defined by a syllabus), using my own knowledge, expertise, and background as catalyst.

One of my roles is to present to the student a set of knowledge (facts, resources, theories and informed opinions) while another is to assist the student in the process of integrating that material. A third role is to facilitate a synergy by developing a learning community in which all members, including myself, can maximize that interplay.