Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Research Clusters and Interest Groups

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Research clusters and writing groups nurture scholarly activity and cross-disciplinary intellectual community. Each research cluster 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, bjnorman@loyola.edu or x2342.

Environmental Studies Reading Group

(all interested faculty, staff, and administrators)

Reading group to nurture intellectual community, especially around the program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Open to any interested faculty member. Convener: Bernadette Roche (Biology). From Bernadette:
This new reading group, composed of faculty and staff interested in environmental issues, will meet monthly (we will rotate through different days of the week at lunch time) to discuss timely readings related to the environment and sustainability.  The reading group will start with an edited volume of essays, from Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson. Academic Affairs will provide copies. Our plan is to read selected essays from this text, and then move on to other readings from journal articles or other online sources, as suggested by members of the group. 


Our first meeting will be a brown bag lunch with dessert provided by the Faculty Development and Diversity Office, in the Biology Seminar Room located in Knott Hall 311. (If you have not been to this room before, it is within a hallway linking Knott Hall to Donnelly Science, and you can see the lovely Loyola Chapel from the windows of this hallway.)  So that we can have an idea of how many people plan to attend, please RSVP to Lona Thomas at lthomas@loyola.edu.  If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Bernadette Roche at broche@loyola.edu


Junior Humanities Research Symposium

(junior humanities faculty)

A monthly writing group for junior faculty in the humanities (tenure-track and non-tenure-track) providing feedback on works-in-progress and intellectual community in support of peer-reviewed publication. Funded jointly with the Center for the Humanities and Loyola College, co-moderated by Melissa Girard (English) and Rebekah Eklund (Theology).


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. Convener: John Conley, S.J., (Philosophy and Theology). More information to come. 

Minding the University

(all faculty, esp. senior faculty)

Faculty reading group for books on contemporary higher education, to nurture intellectual leadership on campus. Convener: Doug Harris (Political Science). More information to come.