Loyola University Maryland


Messina Faculty Participant Information

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2015-2019 Messina Information Sheet for Faculty

Click Here to Access the 2015-2019 Messina Faculty Application (for new applicants) & Click here to access a PDF copy of the application 

Click Here to Access the Messina Faculty Member Intent to Return Form (for current Messina faculty members) 

I Qualities of Faculty, Mentors and Student Leaders that would excel in the collaborative nature of Messina:
  • Ability to engage with first-year students in and out of the classroom 
  • Understanding of Jesuit Mission and Pedagogy
  • Understanding of first-year student transition issues
  • Demonstrates organization and is able to prepare in advance 
  • Flexibility 
  • Demonstrates basic multicultural competencies 
  • Understanding of group dynamics and working with groups of students 
  • Well versed in campus resources and referral sources
I Requirements of Faculty who will participate in Messina 

Messina Faculty will:
    • Develop and teach one or two seminar courses each year to first-year students, including a scheduled weekly, 50-minute, enrichment session for each seminar. 
    • Attend enrichment sessions and theme-wide events (including occasionally on evenings and weekends and as planned in collaboration with other faculty, administrators and Messina). 
    • Participate for at least three years (through the end of the 2018-2019 academic year), unless a sabbatical intervenes. Additional years may be negotiated in consultation with department chair and the Co-Directors of Messina. 
    • Possess a willingness to work as part of a collaborative working group of faculty, administrators and student leaders. 

II Expectations during the 2015-2016 Academic Year (Preparation Year) 
  • Prepare for Messina participation by attending a variety of scheduled training sessions and workshops (about one per month beginning in January 2016) and small group meetings.  Training sessions will take place in large group, theme-based and smaller, self-directed informal working group settings. 
  • Collaborate with members of a working group to plan 10-12 enrichment sessions each semester for each seminar course the working group is affiliated with (either 1 or 2 seminar classes each semester). 
  • Messina will require 3-5 hours per month of preparation during the spring 2016 semester.

III Expectations during the 2016-2019 Academic Years 
Note:  The majority of faculty that participate in Messina will work with another faculty member, one-two campus administrators and two Evergreens to plan enrichment sessions and activities inside and outside of the classroom for two seminar sections of 15-17 students each year.   

1. Participate in a professional learning community of faculty, administrators and student peer leaders participating in Messina:

Prior to the Fall Semester:  

    • Meet with working group members to discuss program goals and outcomes and craft syllabi and enrichment sessions. 
    • Attend May workshop day. 
    • Participate in aspects of summer orientation relevant to Messina (Note: This does not mean everyone is expected to be at every orientation. In the past, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies has required core advisors to participate in two orientation sessions each summer.) 
    • Attend a workshop/planning day the week before the semester begins to review syllabi and coordinate first week and/or orientation interactions.
    • Attend fall orientation/Welcome Week events coordinated in conjunction with Messina and Office of Student Engagement (such as the Common Text Discussion). 
During Fall and Spring Semesters:
    • Meet with working group to discuss progress of the individual students and the class (At least 3 such working group meetings during the academic year – mid-fall, pre-spring, and mid-spring check-ins are expected.) 
    • Ongoing planning as need arises 
2. Collaborate on the Planning and Implementation of Enrichment Sessions
  • Discuss connections of courses and co-curricular activities to overarching theme.
  • Integrate enrichment sessions into course syllabi (enrichment sessions should include at least one Baltimore excursion and one theme-related activity each semester). 
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives into seminar courses and enrichment sessions. 
  • Attend and assist in the facilitation of 10-12 enrichment sessions per semester (totaling 15-25 hours of interaction with your students) for each seminar class. 
3. Participate in the life and the events of the Themed Community
  • Attend a common theme event (one per semester).  
  • Be available to assist with at least one additional Messina activity each year (in conjunction with Messina Office, Evergreens and Student Life staff).
  • Develop ongoing relationships with 15-34 students outside of the classroom. 
4. Core Advise 14-17 students (this includes fulfilling all trainings associated with Core Advising).

5. Provide feedback to Messina by participating in program evaluations, surveys and other assessment efforts. 

IV Estimated Time Commitments 
  • For the 2015-2016 academic year, it is estimated that training and preparation will take approximately 3-5 hours each month beginning in January 2016.   
  • For the 2016-2017 year and beyond, faculty members will have time commitments associated with preparing and teaching courses, evaluating student work, advising first-year students, planning/attending enrichment sessions/activities and assessing student progress in meeting the Messina learning outcomes.   


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