Dear Academic Affairs Colleagues,
Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year! As I look forward to the beginning of the semester, I find inspiration in the words of Rev. General Sosa, S.J. At a speech he delivered this past summer, he explained how Jesuit universities “can be a source of life" by "being aware of the missionary spirit involved in [our] work, preserving it, and developing it as a source of intellectual and pedagogical fertility." I believe the teaching and mentoring each one of you does with our students transforms lives and, in so doing, may truly transform the world.
Reflecting on the changing needs of our students, the challenges we face in higher education, and the great work we’ve already accomplished, the deans and I have articulated the following three priorities for the coming year:
- high impact (teaching, advising) practices
- innovation (especially in the areas of teaching and learning)
- equity and inclusion
I invite you to join us in thinking about creative ways to further support your work as teachers and scholars, to enhance the academic achievement of all of our students, and to communicate our past and future successes to each other, our colleagues in other divisions, our alumni, and to prospective Loyola students and their families.
Information for the Start of the Year
Welcome Week Events
New Full-Time Faculty Orientation, Monday, August 27, McGuire Hall East: schedule available online.
- New Part-Time Faculty Orientation, Tuesday, August 28, Timonium Graduate Campus: schedule (PDF).
- Teaching Enhancement Workshop: Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom, Wednesday, August 29, McGuire Hall: schedule available online.
- New Student Convocation, Thursday, August 30, 4 p.m., Reitz Arena.
Reminders Regarding Class Meetings, Final Exams, and Syllabi
As you finalize your syllabi for the semester, please adhere to University policies that ensure that courses meet for all scheduled classes, including before and after holiday breaks, with final exams during the University-approved exam period. Final exams should be administered in every undergraduate course unless you have a compelling pedagogical reason to replace a given exam with an appropriate substitute and have permission of your chair (Faculty Handbook VIII.R). In undergraduate classes, finals are to be given according to the schedule published by the Records Office and may not be given during a regular class period. See the student exam schedule to determine when finals are to be given for these courses. Final examinations for graduate courses ordinarily are given during the final class period.
Accessibility – Please keep in mind accessibility guidelines. You can find information on the Accessibility website, including a template for an Accessible Syllabus.
Please also consider adding the following information for students about the Counseling Center and Disability Support Services to your syllabi:
The Counseling Center - Stress is a normal part of a being a student. However, if personal or emotional concerns are interfering with your ability to live and learn at Loyola, please stop by the Counseling Center in Humanities 150 or call 410-617-CARE (2273). More information about the Counseling Center is on their website.
Students with Disabilities – If you are registered with DSS and a faculty notification email has been sent to me on your behalf, please schedule a brief meeting during my office hours to discuss accommodations. If you need academic accommodations due to a disability you must register with Disability Support Services. For more information please contact DSS at DSS@loyola.edu or (410) 617-2750.
Academic Affairs Calendar
For a list of recurring academic events, please visit the website. You can access the live Academic Affairs Outlook calendar for up-to-date information: How to access the calendar (PDF).
Of Special Note
Academic Excellence Weekend, April 5-7, 2019
Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium
Honor Society inductions
More details about the schedule and guidelines for how to participate are available on the Academic Excellence Weekend website.
Who Does What in Academic Affairs
Summary: Academic Affairs Grad Functions - graduate education/graduate student services
Summary: Whom to call for help with Undergraduate Matters - undergraduate education/advising/student issues
For more information on all roles and responsibilities in Academic Affairs, visit the Academic Affairs website.
I hope the above information is helpful. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with each of you in the coming academic year.
Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs