First-Year Academic Gathering

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The First-Year Academic Gathering traditionally marks the start of the academic year commemorated by a coming together of the Fairfield University community. In addition to welcoming new students, it is a time set aside for the community as a whole to reflect on not only academic pursuits but also the larger mission and values of the institution. Finally, the incoming class will receive their class gift.

Details for the 2020 First-Year Academic Gathering will be announced at a future date.

2019 K‌eynote Speaker

Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD, Professor of Politics, Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement

Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD, Professor of Politics, Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, though growing up and living in cities across the United States, Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD, Professor of Politics, and Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement earned her BA at the College of William and Mary in Government. After serving in Teach for America as a fifth grade school teacher at St. Alphonsus Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she returned to Detroit and received her master’s degree in political science at Wayne State University. She then earned her PhD in political science at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), specializing in feminist political theory, specifically how morality shaped women’s struggle for citizenship throughout American political history.

Prof. Boryczka joined Fairfield University’s Politics Department faculty in 2002 and was chosen by students as Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year in 2006. Advancing social justice at the intersection of classroom and community, she teaches courses that engage students in action. Her African Politics course involves taking students to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in East Africa. Community engagement is one of her passions reflected in her five years as faculty chair for Service Learning.

Her current book project is Globalization & Sex (Rowman and Littlefield). Her other books are Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics (Temple University Press, 2012), and Jesuit and Feminist Education: Intersections in Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-first Century (Fordham University Press, 2012) with Prof. Elizabeth Petrino that won Alpha Sigma Nu’s 2013 Best Book Award. She serves as Editor of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics & Culture. She joined the Provost Office, which leads the Academic Division of Fairfield University, as Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly, Creative, and Community Engagement this past year.

Dr. Boryczka has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visions Award 2015, and the Connecticut ACE Women’s Network award for Distinguished Academic Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award 2014. She regularly travels to and works with educators at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a place she considers her second home.

2019 First-Year Academic Gathering

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