Teaching Humility to Generation Y: The Master-Disciple Relationship in the University Classroom

By Cheryl Crozier Garcia.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper attempts to use the master-disciple relationship documented in the stories of the Christian desert monastics as a model of mentorship for university professors and students. Currently, management programs in most universities seem to support a “success at any cost” model of behavior. Case studies encourage students to make business decisions based on bottom-line decision making, and even coursework in management ethics focuses only on legalistic and utilitarian reasons for management decision making. The professor’s mentorship of students using a monastic model encourages the creation of business curriculum that may help students understand the importance of humility and social justice in business decision making, and encourage the creation of a learning environment in which humility and socially just behaviors are rewarded and encouraged.

Keywords: Monasticism, Rule of St. Benedict, Humility, Desert Monasticism, Desert Fathers, Generation Y

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.190KB).

Dr. Cheryl Crozier Garcia

Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, College of Professional Studies, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA

Dr. Crozier Garcia is an associate professor and program chair of the master’s program in Human Resource Management at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. Currently, she is an associate professor and program chair of the master’s program in human resource management. In this capacity, she develops curriculum, recruits and mentors faculty members, and represents the program on a number of university task forces and committees. She is a Scholar-in-Residence at St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a member of the American Benedictine Academy. Dr. Crozier Garcia is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

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