Moving in From the Fringes of the Academy: Spirituality as an Emerging Focus in the Canadian Professional Faculties of Business, Education, and Social Work


  • Janet Groen University of Calgary



An increasing number of professional faculties in Canada are teaching courses. conducting research and offering conferences that address some aspect of spirituality. Through a review of course offerings and publications taught and authored by Canadian faculty associated with business, education and social work, this paper provides a preliminary comparative analysis of the emerging force of spirituality as a focus for research and teaching within these three professional faculties in the context of Canadian universities. While there is a gradual emergence of spirituality as a research and teaching agenda, particularly within the professional faculties of social work and adult education (within the faculty of education), there is evidence of underlying tensions within the mainstream academy as it seeks to ignore, marginalize and at times actively discourage such a focus.