Mission Program Offerings

The Rockhurst Office of Mission and Ministry provides a number of opportunities throughout the year for faculty and staff to deepen their understanding of the mission and core values of the University.

Brown Bag Conversations
Several times each semester the mission office hosts "brown bag conversations" on campus. These are one-hour meetings for faculty and staff, over lunch, where we discuss mission- and core value-related articles from Conversations on Jesuit Education magazine. The magazine is produced by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and is distributed free to all faculty and staff twice a year. The mission office advertises these events via email.

Department Mission Moments
Throughout the year the mission office staff meets with all the units of University to lead "mission moments" discussions. The purpose of these gatherings is to deepen the understanding of the Ignatian mission, pedagogy and world view among all members of the University community. Mission moments are scheduled through department and division chairs.

Ignatian Overnights
Throughout the academic year faculty and staff are invited by the mission office to “come away and take a break” from the hectic pace of the University to explore in a deeper and more intentional way the core values and mission of the university. The overnights bring together faculty and staff (separately) at various stages of their careers in order to explore in depth the underlying values and reasons for staying at Rockhurst.

Ignatian Colleagues Program
The Ignatian Colleagues Program is an 18-month online program of study of Ignatian values and pedagogy as well as Jesuit history and tradition in academics. It is open to administrators and faculty and is an invitation only program. For further information on this program please contact Ellen Spake at 816-501-4597, ellen.spake@rockhurst.edu, or the Rev. Bill Oulvey at 816-501-459, william.oulvey@rockhurst.edu.

Mission Leave Policy for Faculty and Staff
In light of our mission of learning, leadership and service, Rockhurst University encourages its faculty and employees to live out service to others. The purpose of the mission leave policy is to allow faculty and employees to voluntarily participate, with pay, in University sponsored spiritual retreats or in approved mission-related or service-related activities that occur during regularly scheduled work hours. To the extent employees voluntarily choose to participate in similar activities outside of regularly scheduled working hours, such time will not be compensated. This policy is designed to support the objectives of increasing voluntary service and encouraging reflection as an integral part of our University’s mission. Click here for further information: Mission Office Leave Policy (PDF)