Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Calendar of Development Opportunities

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Upcoming Events

Ongoing Initiatives

Past Events 

Upcoming Events

Fall 2014

Oct 6-24: Diversity Reading Groups (all Loyola community)

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Thursday lunchtime groups, starting Oct 6.

Wrap-up luncheon for all groups on Friday, Oct 24.

Sign up with Lona Thomas.


Oct. 17-18: Mid-semester Writing Retreat (all faculty)

Part of the “Finding the Time” initiative. Intensive writing sessions from 9 am - 4 pm, with communal meals and breaks. Sign up for one day or both with Lona Thomas, Office of Academic Affairs. Location: Loyola/Notre Dame Library.


Oct 22: Tech Talk --Survey Succcess with Qualtrics (all faculty)

12:30 - 1:30, Presented by Professor Salvatore Lenzo, Sellinger School of Business

Sponsored by the Faculty Technology Center

JOIN THE WEBINAR: If you’re looking for a better, easy to use, alternative to free online survey tools, look no further! As a member of the LUM community, you have unlimited access to this fully customizable resource. Not only can you use Qualtrics to create simple feedback forms it also offers completely customizable surveys, unlimited data storage, and so much more. Join the webinar to learn all about it.

Learn more and register : www.Loyola.edu/TechTalk

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.

Past Events

Fall 2014

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.

Suggested preparation: James Lang, On Course, chapter 6.

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


Oct 6: Finding the Path to Full Professor: Kick-off session (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 mentors, Mary Lowe (Physics) and Matt Mulcahy (History).

12:30 - 1:30 pm, College Center Room M113. Bring your lunch, if you like!

suggested preparation:


Oct 1: Teaching First-Generation College Students (all faculty, anyone engaged in the teaching enterprise)

Brownbag discussion on the needs and expectations of first-generation college students, and the challenges and rewards of teaching them. Teaching first-generation college students is a proud Loyola tradition since its beginnings. This conversation features insights and lessons learned from faculty and administrators involved in the Ignatius Scholars Program.

12 - 1 pm, College Center Room M114. Bring your lunch, if you like!

Co-sponsored by AASC and ALANA Services.

suggested preparation:


Sept. 19: Myths and Facts about the Tenure and Promotion Process (TT faculty)

Panel of VPAA, Deans, and recent BRT members share accurate information and informed advice.

3–4 p.m., Fourth Floor Program Room

Co-sponsored with: Board on Rank and Tenure

12 - 1 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room.

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.

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