Mission in Curriculum Project

What does it mean to teach at a Catholic Jesuit institution like Canisius University?  How can my teaching be different because I teach at a Catholic Jesuit institution? How can I incorporate the mission of the institution as a Catholic Jesuit institution into my classes regardless of the subject matter I teach? 

The purpose of this website is to provide some context, resources, and examples that address those questions. In the mission Examen self-study report that led to Canisius University (then College) being reaffirmed as a Jesuit institution by the Society of Jesus in 2018, the university committed itself to work on four priorities over the next 10 years.  One of the four priorities is:

Canisius will be more intentional about expanding the experience of mission in its academic programs so that all students, including traditional undergraduate, graduate, and online, can experience the Catholic Jesuit mission of Canisius through the curriculum.

This website is an effort to address that priority. It is a collaboration the Office of Campus Ministry, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation, and most importantly, dedicated Canisius University faculty.  Here, instructors across the institution can share their resources and expertise.  Our hope is that colleagues in all disciplines can explore the resources on this website to both enhance their own understanding and assist them in seeing how they could incorporate “the Catholic Jesuit mission of Canisius” in their teaching.


Dr. Stephen Chanderbhan, Associate Professor, Philosophy, and Director, Catholic Studies.

Dr. Sandy Estanek, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Professor Emerita of Graduate Education and Leadership.

Spencer Liechty, Director of Campus Ministry. 

Dr. Mark Gallimore, Director, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation.

Fr. Patrick Lynch, SJ, Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies.

Dr. Shawn O’Rourke, Director of the Undergraduate Sport Management Program, Graduate Sport Administration, and Graduate Sport Product Development Programs.

Dr. Shyam Sriram, Assistant Professor, Political Science.