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Faculty development program integrates faith and academics

A new faculty development grant program, designed to integrate faith and academic discipline, has been implemented at Loma Linda Univeristy.

Recipient of the first grant is Carlos R. Fayard, PhD, assistantprofessor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Fayard’s proposal, “Development and Implementation of a Fellowship in Psychotherapy and Religon at River Plate Adventist University and Hospital,” was initiated at the request of River Plate University located in Argentina.

“This project established a training program to provide spiritually sensitive psychotherapists for South America,” Dr. Fayard says. “This type of training program in whole person care was not previously available in Argentina.”

Faculty from Loma Linda University assisted River Plate University in setting up the fellowship program the summer of 2005 Following the initial session last summer, faculty from Loma Linda have continued the program.

While Dr. Fayard was in Argentina consulting on the development of the clinical training program in psychotherapy and religion, he presented at the World Psychotherapy Congress in Buenos Aires on the issue of Christianity and psychotherapy, and lectured at River Plate University on several topics relating to the integration of religion and psychotherapy.

 Dr. Fayard’s proposal was awarded matching funds by a new foundation, called the Adventus Fund, which has been set up to foster scholarly activities that are based on the Biblical worldview and advance the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The Adventus Fund award was matched by Dr. Fayard’s department to fully finance the fellowship program in Argentina. 

The faculty faith in action grant program is an outgrowth of the “Third Thursday” faculty discussions on integration of faith and learning, sponsored by IFAC and the vice chancellor for academic affairs, and directed by the faith in action planning committee. 

Further information on this program can be found in the faith in action website. To access this site, choose University on the LLU home page, then select Faculty, and the Faith in Action site is listed under faculty resources, or enter the URL <www.llu.edu/llu/faculty/ faith/>. 

Grant proposals received from faculty are submitted to other faculty reviewers, and funding is sought from various sources. 

The faculty faith in action grant program seems to be unique in providing direct support for faculty projects motivated by the University mission statement. 

It is hoped that initial success of the program will encourage donors to provide funds to be awarded directly by LLU to strengthen this grant program and LLU’s ability to accomplish its mission.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, May 25, 2006