About the Program

William Doyle, Benefactor of Doyle Program

The Doyle Engaging Difference Program is a campus-wide collaboration between the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) designed to strengthen Georgetown University’s core commitment to diversity and to enhance global awareness of the challenges and opportunities of an era of increasing interconnectedness. Doyle Faculty Fellowships support the redesign of lower-level courses that engage with questions of difference, while Doyle Seminars facilitate in-depth explorations of similar themes in smaller, upper-level courses. In addition to curricular innovation, the Doyle Program supports the Junior Year Abroad Network, through which Hoyas blog about their encounters with diverse host societies, and Doyle student fellows, who explore intercultural and interreligious issues through their studies and engage in dialogue with the wider campus community. The program is made possible through the generosity of William J. Doyle (C’72), Chairman of the Georgetown University Board of Directors.

Program Impact

The Doyle Engaging Difference Program involves students and faculty from across the Georgetown campus. Since the program launched in the fall of 2009, nearly 3,000 students have taken one of the courses taught by Doyle Faculty Fellows. To date there have been nearly 100 fellows from 36 different disciplines across campus. More than 500 students have participated in the Junior Year Abroad Network and more than 400 students have taken part in nearly 40 Doyle Seminars. For more detailed information on program activities, see our annual reports.

About the Benefactor: William J. Doyle

William J. Doyle is the former President and CEO of PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer enterprise. He served in that position from 1999 to 2014 and was a Board member of the company since its IPO in 1989. All told, he spent 41 years in the food production business. Since his retirement, he has been working with a private equity firm and sits on the boards of the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the Big Shoulders Fund. He is also a director of the Western Golf Association. Mr. Doyle is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently serves as Chair of its Board of Directors. He is married and has three children.