Wikipedia:Visiting Scholars/Participating institutions/University of San Francisco

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About the University of San FranciscoEdit

Kalmanovitz Hall, home of USF's Department of Rhetoric and Language

The University of San Francisco (USF) is a Jesuit Catholic university in San Francisco, California. The city's first university, USF was founded in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy, a one-room schoolhouse with three students. Today its main campus spans 55 acres between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, with more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in four schools (Law, Management, Education, and Nursing and Health Professions) and one college (Arts and Sciences). It strives to educate leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. An urban university with a global perspective, USF offers students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others. USF draws from the cultural, intellectual, and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area and its location on the Pacific Rim to enrich and strengthen its educational programs.

About the Department of Rhetoric and LanguageEdit

The Department of Rhetoric and Language focuses on ethical and effective communication in academic, civic, and professional contexts. Through its classes, service, and co-curricular activities, it advances the Jesuit ideal of eloquentia perfecta - reason and eloquence in writing, speaking, and literacy - and guides its students as they learn to engage critically with the texts that influence their beliefs, values and actions. The three divisions of the Department (Rhetoric and Composition, Public Speaking, and Academic English for Multilingual Students) stress all aspects of communication, literacy, and rhetoric.

About the Gleeson LibraryEdit

The Gleeson Library/Gesche Center

Gleeson Library/Geschke Center shares in the University of San Francisco’s mission to distinguish itself as a diverse, socially responsible learning community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor sustained by a faith that does justice. The library plays a key role in the university’s core value to create, communicate and apply knowledge to a world shared by all people and held in trust for future generations. Gleeson provides support to academic programs by making available the broadest possible array of learning and information resources for instruction and research support.

To learn more about the Gleeson Library, see the About page on the Library website.

Overview of library resourcesEdit

The USF Gleeson Library provides access to more than 200 research databases. Its Digital Collections include the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Manuscript Collection, Wasmann publications, Practicing Ignatian Pedagogy collection, the Albanian Catholic Bulletin, materials about WW2 Japanese American Relocation Centers, and Asia Pacific: Perspectives.

Read more about the history of the library at the USF website.

Current Visiting ScholarsEdit



Position announcementsEdit

The University of San Francisco is currently accepting applications.

The Gleeson Library would like to work with an experienced Wikipedian to improve articles in one or more of the following topic areas:

This Visiting Scholars opportunity comes with a $350 honorarium.

The contact for this position is Colette Hayes.

To apply for this position, send a copy of your resume or CV to and head to the Visiting Scholars application.