Course Description

The Augustine Institute is pleased to announce that it will be offering a course designed to give teachers and school administrators an opportunity to renew their work by reflecting upon the ends of Catholic education and the craft of teaching.

Taught on the Institute’s campus in Denver during the week of June 20, the class will also be available as an audit for Catholic teachers through the Institute’s celebrated distance education program. All of the class sessions will be filmed in the Institute’s studio classroom, with the videos and other course materials available online.

Participants in the course will be encouraged in their commitment to the high calling that is the office of the Catholic teacher. The course will develop an account of Christian maturity and acquired wisdom as the twin goals of Catholic education, offer students a deeper understanding of the office and craft of the teacher, reflect upon the perennial and contemporary challenges posed to the teacher by the moral and intellectual condition of youth today, and chart a path toward wisdom in their lives as teachers and toward renewal for their schools.

Course Instructors

Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D.
Academic Dean, Augustine Institute

Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education, Hillsdale College


June 20-24, 2016


Augustine Institute
Denver, CO

On-Campus On-Campus Audit Distance Education Audit
$1605 + intensive course fee: $50

3 hours of graduate credit

$400 + intensive course fee: $50

Special Discounted Rate!


Special Discounted Rate!

*Teachers pursuing the course for continuing education credit through the distance education option will navigate the course materials sequentially through the Canvas course management system and submit a reflection paper at the end of the course. The Augustine Institute will issue a letter of completion at the end of the course.
Contact Chris Oravetz at for more information or to enroll.
Course Instructors

Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D.

Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D., is Professor of History & Philosophy and Academic Dean of the Augustine Institute’s Graduate School of Theology. He teaches courses in philosophy and Catholic history. Among his scholarly works are a number of essays in which he has sought to articulate a renewed vision of Catholic education for our time, which have recently been collected and published as Rejoicing in the Truth: Wisdom & the Educator’s Craft (Christendom Press, 2015).

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Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Lehman, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Education at Hillsdale College, where he teaches courses on the liberal arts and the great books. Dr. Lehman serves as founding director of the Arts of Liberty Project, a collaborative scholarly effort whose goal is to provide resources for teachers and students of the liberal arts and liberal education ( His work has appeared in many journals and collections of essays, including Logos, Moreana, The Review of Metaphysics, Thomas More Studies, The Great Books Reader, and the Ignatius Critical Editions.