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Faculty Development and Diversity

Calendar of Development Opportunities

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Faculty Development Opportunities 2014-15

Below are ongoing faculty development opportunities for the coming year. Many are open to all Loyola faculty, some are specific to certain ranks or stages in the career cycles as indicated in parentheses.

Ongoing Initiatives

Teaching Enhancement Workshops

all faculty

Academic Affairs works with the Teaching Enhancement Committee to offer an annual fall daylong workshop and spring half-day workshop. Sometimes workshops have a unifying focus or keynote speaker and other workshops offer a broader series of opportunities for faculty to come together in fellowship around our shared teaching enterprise.


Research Clusters

all faculty

Research clusters and writing groups to nurture scholarly activity and cross-disciplinary intellectual community. Any research cluster or writing group should have in mind a concrete outcome, whether it be peer-reviewed publications, grant applications, book proposals, new curricula, or something else. The program is open to any faculty group with a good idea and an open door (e.g., digital humanities, sustainability, urban studies, peace studies). Academic Affairs can help coordinate meeting space and provide modest funds for books, refreshments, etc. If you want to start a group, contact Brian Norman, Faculty Development Fellow.


Finding the Time

all faculty

Intensive writing retreats (a.k.a., boot camps) in those nooks and crannies of the academic year—fall break, early January, spring break, late May, summer. Intensive daylong writing sessions with breaks for food, community, and perhaps a bit of healthy griping. Come with an achievable goal and good attitude. We’ll do the rest. Sign up in advance with the Office of Academic Affairs so that we can make arrangements. All writing retreats 9 am – 4 pm at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. 


Nurturing the Next Generation

new TT faculty

A universal mentoring program pairing first-year tenure-track faculty with tenured faculty outside the home department and in conjunction with a yearlong series of orientation events.


Finding the Path

mid-career faculty

Support group and strategy sessions for faculty who plan to pursue promotion to full professor in the next few years. Includes two successful senior faculty co-mentors who understand various Associate traps and productive solutions to them. More information in September.

Senior co-mentors: Mary Lowe, Professor of Physics & Matt Mulcahy, Professor of History. More information: Brian Norman, Faculty Development Fellow.


Going Public

esp. senior faculty

Interest seminar and writing group for faculty interested in public engagement and venues, modeled on the national Op-Ed Project. More information in September.

Convener: John Conley, S.J., Bernard P. Knott Chair of Philosophy and Theology. 


Minding the University

all faculty, esp. senior faculty

Faculty reading group for books on contemporary higher education, to nurture intellectual leadership on campus. More information in September.

Convener: Doug Harris, Co-director of Messina and Associate Professor of Political Science. 


Diversity Reading Groups

all Loyola community

Lunchtime discussions over three weeks in October designed to invite every member of the University community into shared conversation about diversity and inclusion, followed by a “what’s next?” wrap-up luncheon. This year’s groups focus on readings that have shaped the national conversation around race, gender, sexuality, and economic inequality. Sign-ups in mid-September.

Faculty Development Events Calendar

Fall 2014

  • Aug. 27: Fall Teaching Enhancement Workshop (all faculty)
    Guest speaker and panels: Kendall Zoller, nonverbal communication in teaching.
    9 a.m.–3 p.m., McGuire Hall, Evergreen campus
  • Sept 5: Mentoring Program Kick-off -- Nurturing the Next Generation (new TT faculty)

Kick-off session for new campus-wide mentor program pairing new tenure-track faculty with tenured mentors outside the home department. Idea exchange and best practices. Followed by first Faculty Assembly to introduce all new faculty. More information on the mentor program.

2 - 3 pm, Sellinger VIP lounge.

  • Sept. 19: Myths and Facts about the Tenure and Promotion Process (TT faculty)
    Panel of recent BRT members, Deans, and Academic Affairs leaders.
    3–4 p.m., Fourth Floor Program Room
    Co-sponsored with: Board on Rank and Tenure

12 - 1 pm. Location TBD.

  • Oct. 1: Teaching First-Generation College Students (all faculty, others engaged in teaching enterprise)
    Brownbag discussion on the needs and expectations of first-generation college students, and the challenges and rewards of teaching them. Featuring insights and lessons learned from faculty and administrators involved in the Ignatius Scholars initiatives. Bring your lunch. October 1, 12 – 1 pm, College Center room M114.
    Co-sponsored with: AASC and ALANA Services
  • Oct 6-24: Diversity Reading Groups (all Loyola community)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday lunchtime reading groups, starting October 6.
    Wrap-up luncheon for all groups on Friday, October 24.
    Sign-up with Lona Thomas.
  • Oct 6: Finding the Path to Full Professor: Interest Meeting (Associate Professors)

Interest session and information exchange for a peer support group and strategy sessions for faculty who plan to pursue promotion to full professor in the next few years. Includes two successful senior faculty co-mentors: Mary Lowe (Physics) & Matt Mulcahy (History).

12:30 – 1:30 pm, TBD. Bring your lunch if you like!

  • Oct. 10: Teaching and Time Management (new TT faculty)

Tips from seasoned faculty. The first installment of a yearlong orientation of structured conversations about life on the tenure track, open to all tenure-track faculty.

12-1 p.m., CT*M114. Bring your lunch if you like!

  • Oct. 17-18: Mid-semester Writing Retreat (all faculty)
    Part of the “Finding the Time” initiative. Sign up in advance with the Office of Academic Affairs. Location: Loyola/Notre Dame Library.