Jessica Wrobleski, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, a 12-member board comprised of representatives selected from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
The seminar, which meets several times a year and rotates among the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, will host its fall meeting at Wheeling Jesuit in September.
The goal of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and its publication "Conversations" is to strengthen and support the Jesuit identity of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities through stimulating campus dialogue on the pursuit of various ideals within a contemporary context.
"I am honored and excited to represent Wheeling Jesuit University as a member of this national board, and hope to give voice to the distinctive perspective that we have as a university within Appalachia, which is the youngest of the Jesuit schools," Wrobleski said.
The seminar grew out of a conversation 25 years ago at Georgetown University, when participants from Jesuit higher education in the United States gathered to discuss their hopes for what Jesuit higher education could and would be in the future. To further the conversation that began at Georgetown, the seminar publishes the magazine, "Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education," and distributes it to all the Jesuit campuses in the United States.
Wrobleski has taught courses in theological and social ethics at Wheeling Jesuit University since 2011, having received her doctorate in religious studies from Yale University in 2009. She taught at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind. for two years. Since coming to Wheeling Jesuit, she has served the university as a member of the Jesuit Identity Team, faculty council, Board of Trustees Taskforce on the Jesuit Intellectual Experience as representative of the university at a number of national gatherings sponsored by the AJCU. She also is serving as mentor/facilitator for the Laut Honors College in 2013-14 and is active in liturgical ministry on campus. Her first book, "The Limits of Hospitality," addresses the tensions that arise in the practice of Christian hospitality and was featured in the JIT book club in the spring of 2013.