The role of the office of academic affairs is to provide leadership and oversight for all facets of academic life at Loyola including faculty recruitment and development, undergraduate and graduate programs in Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the Sellinger School of Business and Management, the Loyola Clinical Centers, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, and offices of research and sponsored programs, international programs, student records, and academic advising.
The office works to support a diverse and outstanding faculty, and cultivate an inclusive working, learning, and research environment within academic affairs and throughout Loyola. Vice President of Academic Affairs Amy Wolfson, as well as her leadership team and office staff look forward to hearing ideas or questions about academic planning, diversity, graduate and undergraduate curricula and programming, research and scholarship, faculty development, online learning, educational technology, etc.
Note to faculty on our role as faculty post-election (Nov 9, 2016)
Our nation is now on the other side of an election that has raised key national questions and was often marked by division. Each member of our campus community is thinking about this historical moment, understood through our own individual experiences, identities, orientations, political ideals, and roles in our various communities. One thing for us to think about together is our special role as faculty in this post-election moment and the needs of our students. One of our roles is to provide spaces that foster reflection, deliberation, and shared understanding.
In keeping with our core value of liberal and Jesuit education, we try to find ways to make the education we offer responsive to the times. This requires difficult and civil conversations committed to dialogue and insight. Inside the classroom, you might consider ways to support students in this work, perhaps by fostering connections between your course content and the present moment, or how your discipline equips students to understand this historical moment and their place in it.
Beyond the classroom, we need to create spaces to come together for inquiry and shared understanding. Already, Doug Harris, Professor of Political Science and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, is collaborating with colleagues across campus to organize a teach-in on the election outcomes on Tuesday, November 15, from 4:30-6. More details to come.
Please pay attention to each member of our community and their needs as this is especially warranted at this national moment. And please know that we and our colleagues always welcome conversations about our role as faculty and how best to support you in your work.
Amy R. Wolfson
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity