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Center for Mission and Research

"In many ways, research is the most important academic skill we teach as students prepare for college and professional life. The process of inquiry and a student's journey of academic exploration animates the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that is integral to a St. John's Prep education." – Keith A. Crowley, Ph.D., Principal and Associate Head of School

Through the Center for Mission and Research at St. John's, students have the opportunity to delve into original, cross-disciplinary research about consequential questions inspired by our mission as an inclusive, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. Intentionally collaborative, each center focuses on a distinct theme—Justice and Peace, Innovation and Design, Global Health and Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability. Together, they form an interconnected hub of inquiry, synergy, and dialogue.

Focused on Mission
Justice and Peace

Recognizing that peace will not exist if we do not work for justice, the justice and peace content area will engage the Prep community in work that promotes Catholic social teaching and responds to Pope Francis’s call to "be peacemakers each day, in our life, in our families, in our cities and nations, and in the whole world." Opened September 2018

Innovation and Design

Today’s biggest challenges can be solved only by working across disciplines, from engineering to social sciences. Rooted in our commitment to a liberal arts education, the innovation and design content area will help to build and sustain a culture of creativity and collaboration. Opened September 2018

Global Health and Wellness

In honor of the missionary spirit of the Xaverian Brothers, the global health and wellness content area will raise awareness and foster inquiry that contributes to valuing the life and dignity of each person throughout the world. Opening September 2020

Environmental Sustainability

Inspired by Pope Francis’s appeal in Laudato Si’ for "a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all," the environmental sustainability content area will stimulate conversation, spark inquiry, and promote action within the Prep community and beyond. Opened September 2019

Center Directors

The Center for Mission and Research are based in the A. E. Studzinski Library on the Prep campus. Christopher Bauer is the director for Justice and Peace; Nora Maginn Fame is the Shaw Family Director for Innovation and Design; Matt Spearing is for the director for Environmental Sustainability. The director for Global Health and Wellness will join us in September 2020.

How We Engage

Capstone Projects: Students who want to pursue their own original research are invited to apply to take the advanced research capstone course. Center directors will lead a year-long seminar to support the research process; students will create a final project that culminates with a public presentation of their research at the end of senior year.

Global Education: Starting in the summer of 2020, students will have an opportunity to study mission-focused issues on international and domestic trips.

Collaboration & Community: Center directors will collaborate with faculty across disciplines to provide resources that enhance understanding of important issues. The centers will also become catalysts for conversation within the community at large through a guest speaker program.

Bro. Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series: The Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X. Lecture Series brings innovators and leaders to St. John’s to explore how an ethics-based education can shape decision-making in the real world.

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