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BenU Faculty Selected to Become Lilly Faculty Fellows

February 23, 2021

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Two Benedictine University professors were chosen to participate in the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program, an initiative that encourages faculty leaders to create campus projects that foster engagement with Christian thought and practice by their faculty peers.

Tim Marin, Ph.D., a professor of chemistry and physics, and Martin Tracey, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and director of BenU’s General Professional Studies Program, are the faculty leaders who will facilitate the campus projects at BenU. There were 16 teams that applied for the fellowship, and Marin and Tracey were among the seven teams that received the award.

As part of their application, the professors submitted a proposal for a campus project they would undertake during the 2022-23 school year with the assistance of an $8,000 grant from the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program. For their project, they will invite their fellow members of the faculty to consider ways they can integrate faith-based practices into their upper-level courses in business, liberal arts or science, and encourage their students to see their future careers as a vocational calling—a vehicle to serve society and the greater good.

“We want to encourage faculty at Benedictine to inform themselves more about a number of rich social, cultural and political analyses from Catholic leaders,” said Tracey. “They can use these texts to explore how they can encourage their students to work for the common good in their chosen professions.”

Despite belonging to different departments at BenU, Marin and Tracey have come to know each other well because they have participated in several different faculty service teams together. “Regardless of our academic disciplines, we both have the mindset that we want to serve fellow humans to the best of our ability,” said Marin. “We love the call of Catholic higher education and what it brings to our academic pursuits.”

The Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts, based at Valparaiso University in Indiana, is an initiative that maintains an active network of church-related colleges and universities. It seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation.


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