The following course will be offered in Fall 2020 through the Center for Social Concerns and Department of Psychology. View details through Notre Dame Class Search. Interested students should see site below.

Moral Learning and Racial Justice in the Time of Coronavirus  

CSC 33941/Psy 33692 — 1 credit — Grading: S/U

What are we learning from the coronavirus pandemic? What are the personal, social, and moral implications of the pandemic? How might renewed calls for racial justice interact with pandemic challenges? How can we support vulnerable populations, promote collective resilience, and foster justice for the future? The course will examine such questions and explore implications for social institutions: education, social services, citizenship, and public policy. The course is designed in response to the current moment, drawing on literature and emerging research in psychology, moral education and beyond. Students’ own experiences and authentic listening will be important starting points. While direct community engagement is limited, students will contribute through an applied research project (as appropriate within University safety guidelines) that may take the form of collecting interviews/narratives, assisting with contract tracing, digital research, or the like). Course requirements will include brief written reflections and robust class participation. Open to both undergraduates and graduate students. We will meet (in person or by videoconference) on the following Mondays at 5:30 pm:  August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 9th

Special permission required via confirmation of interest at site below:

[Sorry, as of Aug 12th, the course is oversubscribed. You can fill out the form below if you would like to be on a waiting list.] 



Sample Courses  Offered

Community Engagement and Public Scholarship in Higher Education: Integrating Learning and Social Responsibility in the Academy

GRED 63954, CSC 63954, Psy 63668   (usually offered in spring semesters)

This interactive seminar provides an opportunity for graduate students from all colleges to examine topics in the evolving field of community engagement and higher education. What is the public mission of colleges and universities? How may faculty incorporate new paradigms of teaching and research that address social challenges? What promising practices (within and beyond the classroom) integrate ethical responsibility and public scholarship? By what means might we assess the impact of such practices on learners, communities, and fields? How might knowledge of community engagement linked to disciplinary expertise be a faculty career catalyst? Such questions will be addressed through dialogue, experiential opportunities, and analyses in the context of each student’s professional trajectory. Resources will be drawn from higher education literature, learning theory, ethics, and discipline-specific writings. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on their sense of public mission and career potentials. Open to doctoral and master’s level students. Participation in the course fulfills requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship. Contact the Center for Social Concerns for further information.


Leadership for Social Change: McNeill Fellows 

CSC 33001

Taught with Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, Felicia Johnson-O’Brien, and Michael Hebbeler

Offered this integrative two-semester course as key component of the McNeill Fellowship I co-founded at the Center for Social Concerns. The course fosters core competencies and skills to enhance leadership for social change.


Development and Moral Education in Adolescence — Edu 60455, Summer

I’ve offered this graduate course for over two decades through the Institute for Educational Initiatives for ACE teachers entering their second year. We examine cognitive and moral theory and means to foster ethical development among youth. The students are creative and committed, and I enjoy working with the other faculty who teach additional sections of the course.


Leadership and Social Change — Psy 43247

This course was offered for 15 years to student leaders engaged in efforts to promote social responsibility and social action.


Youth, Risk, and Resilience — Psy 23090 and CSC 23090

This experiential seminar grew out of a course I’ve offered on youth and poverty. Students engaged for one week is New York City during spring break for direct learning from youth advocates and non-profit leaders.

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. 

— Carl Rogers