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The Office of Academic Affairs

Faculty Excellence Celebration

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Each year, the office of academic affairs sponsors a celebration to gather faculty and recognize the scope of faculty excellence at Loyola in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and engaged scholarship. Formerly known as the Deans' Symposium, the celebration has taken place on Maryland Day since 1997. Reconfigured in 2017, the celebration includes conferring six university-wide faculty awards, a brief scholarly presentation from the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar of the Year award, and highlights of the past year of grant recipients and grant activity, teaching and advising activity, and faculty scholarship and creative activity.

Faculty Excellence Awards

Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship recognizes and celebrates a faculty member's extraordinary contributions to Loyola's Students, community partners, and institutional mission through sustained involvement and excellence in one or more types of engaged scholarship (including service-learning).

2017 Awardee - David Carey, Jr., Ph.D., professor of history; Doehler Chair in history

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Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (by school, rotates each year)

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes a colleague for their commitment to outstanding teaching in Loyola's graduate programs.

2017 Awardee - Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor of education specialties

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Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring honors one faculty member who has had a profound impact on the life, career, or direction of students at Loyola.

2017 Awardee - Christopher Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

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Faculty Award for Transformative Teaching

The Faculty Award for Transformative Teaching recognizes a colleague for achievement in an imaginative teaching practice. This might take the form of a curricular revision, a course redesign, an inventive tradition, a new teaching format, an exemplary project, a new immersive experience, or any number of ways a colleague transforms the learning experience.

2017 Awardee - Nicholas Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of English

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Distinguished Scholar of the Year

The Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award honors a faculty member for outstanding achievement in the area of research and creative activity.

2017 Awardee - David Binkley, Ph.D., professor of computer science

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Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year

The Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award was founded in 1971 to give public recognition to full-time faculty members whose teaching activities demonstrate a high degree of professional excellence.

2017 Awardee - Birgit Albrecht, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

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Past Deans' Symposium Speakers