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.


  • 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).
  • 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).