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Faculty Development and Diversity


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Ongoing Faculty Development Initiatives

Finding the Time: Faculty Writing Retreats

(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. Retreats held at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Sign up in advance with the Office of Academic Affairs so that we can make arrangements. More information, including schedule.

Finding the Path

(mid-career faculty)

Support group and strategy sessions for faculty who wish to pursue promotion to full professor. Includes two respected senior faculty mentors who understand various Associate traps. Co-mentors: Mary Lowe (Physics) and Matt Mulcahy (History). Kick-off interest session and planning meeting: Monday, October 6, 2014. More information.

Faculty Reading Groups

(all faculty)

Research clusters and writing groups nurture scholarly activity and cross-disciplinary intellectual community. Any 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.

Active groups connected to Academic Affairs:

  • Junior Faculty Symposium for Research in the Humanities: 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)
  • Peace and Justice Studies reading group: A monthly reading and discussion group in support of the Peace and Justice Studies initiative. Moderated by Catriona Hanley (Philosophy).
  • Environmental Studies Reading group: A monthly reading and discussion group for any faculty or staff interested in environmental and sustainability studies. Moderated by Bernadette Roche (Biology).

Writing Resources

Developing a Writing Routine, Brian Norman, Faculty Development Fellow

A 5-step reflection and schedule process to  integrate writing as a professional habit and daily routine, not the stuff of binge sessions, romantic inspiration, or harried deadlines. 

"Writing 20 Minutes. Every. Single. Day." Ryan Cordell, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 Feb 2014

A helpful article with tips on how to move away from binge writing and toward the structure, routine, and external accountability that leads to successful, sustainable scholarly writing. A good companion piece to the handout on "Developing a Writing Routine."

Faculty Development and Diversity Library, Beatty Hall 204

Stop by to peruse resources to support your scholarly writing, including:

  • Wendy Belcher, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
  • Robert Boice, Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing
  • William Germano, From Dissertation to Book
  • W. Germano, Getting it Published: A Guide to Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books
  • Paul Silva, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
  • Eviatar Zerubavel, The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, & Books
  • ...and many more.


The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) assists faculty in finding sources of support, writing strong proposals, applying for funding, understanding the basic rules and regulations governing grant activity, and managing awards. In addition, the following internal funding is available:

Sabbatical Leave

Tenured faculty members are eligible for sabbatical leave upon the satisfactory completion of six years in the service of the University from the time of the last sabbatical leave or from date of employment. Such leaves are normally granted to provide time for preliminary or continuing research, pedagogical initiatives, or writing. Sabbatical leaves are granted for one-half year with full salary or for the whole year with 70 percent of salary. Applications are due the first Monday in October. More information.

Tenure-Track Research Leave

The new Tenure-Track Research Leave Program guarantees all tenure-track faculty members one semester free from teaching and service obligations once they have submitted an approved research proposal to an external funding agency or organization. This program enables faculty members to pursue ambitious research programs and supports institutional excellence. Preparation should start as early as the first semester. More information.

Summer Research Grants

The Research and Sabbaticals Committee awards 35 grants for faculty research to be undertaken in a given summer. The stipend for these competitive grants is $4,000. Applications are due in mid-January. More information.

Faculty Technology Grants

The purpose of this grant from the Faculty Technology Center is to encourage faculty to explore educational technologies to enhance the effectiveness of their courses, and to enable them to support their peers in their endeavors to adopt appropriate technology in teaching and learning. Applications are open to both beginning and advanced projects. 

Center For the Humanities

Funded by a restricted endowment account, the Center For the Humanities sponsors a wide range of programming and faculty development opportunities in support of humanistic inquiry.

Kolvenbach Awards

Inspired by an October 2000 by the Rev. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., the Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant Program supports summer research that strengthens the work of non-profit organizations and agencies working in Baltimore. Additionally, the Kolvenbach Fellows program supports faculty who wish to pursue socially-engaged research during the academic year. More information.

Hauber Summer Research Fellowships

Each summer, a select group of highly motivated, talented undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty from the six natural and applied science departments at Loyola to conduct research in the student’s area of interest. More information.

Global Studies Program -- Hanway grants and fellowship

The Global Studies program offers faculty development grants to foster more effective teaching, enhance scholarly research or creative work, and disseminate ideas and promote debate in public events. All Loyola full-time faculty members are eligible, with a preference for faculty with a record of previous teaching and/or scholarly excellence. The program also names a Hanway Faculty Scholar in Global Studies to support outstanding scholarly research contributing to the advancement of Global Studies at Loyola.

Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) Department, Division, and Dean (3D) Development Grant

A new NAS fund supports faculty projects that will lead to a strong proposal to an external grant agency. The PI for the 3D preparatory project will be responsible for developing a plan that leads to a competitive grant proposal within a three-year period. All full-time, returning NAS faculty are eligible. More information: Associate Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences, Bahram Roughani.

Department, School, and College

Generally, conference presentations fall within the Department’s travel budget in accordance with Department policy and funds availability (check with your Chair). In addition, Deans have discretionary funds to support research and pedagogical activities outside the scope of Department budgets. Contact your Dean’s Office for more information. The Dean’s Office may also provide start-up funds in appropriate fields.