Faculty and Learning Investments

Our faculty are the heart of our institution. Their knowledge, insights, and dedication shape the holistic education Santa Clara University offers. The uncompromising standard of excellence across disciplines integrates academic reflection and experiential instruction to create a diverse and rich learning community. 

Internships, fellowships and professional development opportunities enhance deep learning in the classroom and beyond for our students. These examples of mission-driven experiential learning propel the success and personal growth of Santa Clara University students and alumni beyond graduation through applied learning, vocational discernment, and community engagement.

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Provost’s Campus-Wide Initiatives

Provost’s Faculty Diversity Fund
Increasing resources to recruit and retain a diverse faculty will advance inclusive excellence and ensure that students of all backgrounds see themselves reflected in our faculty population.
LEAD Scholars Program
We seek to expand and enhance the scope of the LEAD Scholars Program to support first-generation college students throughout their college career and beyond.
Enhancing Technology
We will catalyze curriculum augmentation and redesign to promote innovative use of the learning spaces and educational technology and advance partnerships in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Center for Faculty Excellence and Teaching Innovation
Establishing a Center for Faculty Excellence and Teaching Innovation will allow SCU to advance faculty development programming, catalyzing best practices in student learning and technology.
Faculty Professorships and Fellowships
Through professorships and fellowships, Santa Clara can recruit and retain exemplary faculty, which strengthen academics and programs and enriches student learning opportunities, boosting our national reputation.

Schools and Centers of Distinction Initiatives

College of Arts and Sciences REAL Program
As an institution that recognizes the importance of experiential learning beyond the classroom, we are seeking to provide paid research, internship, project, or creative work opportunities for all College of Arts and Science students across all majors.
Education and Counseling Psychology Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Our goal is to become a national leader in this field. We will attract top talent by providing student scholarships, internship opportunities, and delivering extensive professional development programming for those in our community.
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education Student Leadership Programming
Recognizing that leadership grounded in compassion and empathy is vitally important in our world today, the Ignatian Center seeks to expand these formational opportunities grounded in the Jesuit Tradition.
Inclusive Engineering
We seek a diverse student body where all engineering students experience an inclusive environment in which they can learn to be successful engineers with all of their critical needs met—covering everything from tuition to tools.
Leavey School of Business Professional Development Program
Our goal is to provide all of our 1,400 Leavey School of Business undergraduates access to rich career programming, exposure to a number of different types of businesses, internships and introductions to alumni and mentors.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Internships and Fellowships
We seek to increase mission-driven and transformational internship and fellowship opportunities for SCU students, preparing them to address the world's complex ethical issues.
Miller Center: Weaving Social Entrepreneurship into the DNA of SCU
To cultivate the next generation of changemakers, by 2025 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will engage 500 students annually in a range of high-impact experiential learning opportunities with social enterprises, and will work more closely with SCU faculty across campus to further incorporate social entrepreneurship into their research and curricula.

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