The Office of Academic Affairs supports professional development in the area of teaching through annual events, funded opportunities, mentoring, and occasional workshops, discussions, and lectures. Academic Affairs also partners with various offices around campus that provide support for faculty. In addition, many departments coordinate their own teaching mentors or peer-to-peer programs.
Key ongoing and recurring programs are below, as well as links to key offices that support the teaching mission. If you have an idea for a program or need, contact the Faculty Development Fellow.
Teaching Enhancement Workshops
Academic Affairs works with the Teaching Enhancement Committee (appointed by the Faculty Affairs Committee) to offer an annual fall and spring teaching enhancement workshop for the Loyola faculty community. Sometimes workshops have a unifying focus (e.g., nonverbal communication) or keynote speaker (e.g., Ken Bain on what the best college professors do) and other workshops offer a broader series of opportunities for faculty. Any workshop also provides an opportunity for us to come together in fellowship as faculty.
Key Offices Around Campus
Academic Advising and Support Center
The Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) supports the academic progress of undergraduate students in a variety of ways. The AASC’s administrators facilitate the initial registration of first-year and transfer students. They also serve as a resource for the core and major advisors who work with students throughout their undergraduate career.
Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)
CCSJ coordinates service-learning on campus, including through logistical support, a strong network of community partners, and an annual Faculty Fellows Seminar weeklong workshop on service-learning pedagogy. CCSJ also supports faculty efforts in the area of engaged scholarship and coordinates the Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.
Messina is a unique, first-year experience designed to help students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Faculty work in pairs and in conjunction with an administrator and student leader around a shared theme. The Messina office offers faculty training workshops and occasional discussions. Messina coordinates the Common Text and other programming throughout the year.
The FTC provides a bridge between you, the faculty, and the technology tools needed to help your students succeed. Our team consists of technology experts, instructional designers, and creative professionals here to help you use technology for the best educational outcome; enlightened and engaged students. Technology Servies also offers frequent training workshops and brownbag discussions on matters of pedagogy.
Loyola supports the participation of individual faculty members in the following programs, most through an open application process.
- Ignatian Pilgrimage. Loyola sponsors up to two faculty members to participate in an annual summertime pilgrimage to Spain to visit important sites in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross, the pilgrimage is an opportunity for religiously diverse faculty across the country to share a lived experience of early Jesuit history and Ignatian thought, which enriches their understanding and teaching of the Jesuit educational mission. Look for a call in November with notification in February. More information: http://academics.holycross.edu/crec/related/pilgrimage
- Collegium. Loyola sponsors a faculty member to participate in Collegium, a colloquy on faith and intellectual life sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross and held at different locations each year. Look for a call in November with notification in February. More information: http://www.collegium.org/contact.html