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Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Various instructors working one-on-one with graduate students in various settings

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes a colleague for commitment to outstanding teaching in Loyola’s graduate programs. Graduate teaching takes many forms, ranging from traditional classroom instruction to connecting students with practicing professionals, to mentoring their skill building, supervising in professional settings, and many other ways of nurturing academic and/or artistic talent as emerging professionals.

Beginning in 2017, this faculty award honors the unique efforts of faculty teaching in graduate programs as they work to facilitate graduate student development as effective leaders and change agents. A faculty member from one college or school is recognized each year on a rotating basis. Selection is based on department nominations to a small committee of graduate academic administrators and past award recipients. The recipient is announced each year at the annual Faculty Excellence Celebration (formerly the Deans' Symposium). Colleagues who have been nominated in the past may be re-nominated. Colleagues can only receive the award once.

Rotation for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching:

2019 - 2020 School of Education

2020 - 2021 Loyola College

2021 - 2022 Sellinger School of Business and Management

Nominate a Colleague

2020 - Kelly Keane, education specialties

Kelly Keane, Ed.D, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Educational Technology Program, has taught at Loyola since 2014. Her research and professional interests encompass technology integration and student engagement, blended and online teaching, Universal Design for Learning, and instructional design. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she leads Loyola's Digital Pedagogy Workshop each summer for faculty who are interested in transitioning their courses to the hybrid and online environments. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Keane was a lecturer at Towson University for the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy. She has also worked as the assistant manager for the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Grant in the tri-state area. Dr. Keane began her career as a classroom teacher and has taught in award-winning elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She is passionate about learning, constantly seeking ways to improve, and believes a growth mindset can be your most powerful tool. In her classroom, she incorporates the latest educational technologies and the Jesuit mission and she tries to remain technology-free in her spare time. 

2019 - Gerard Athaide, marketing and Nan Ellis, information systems, law and operations

Gerard A. Athaide is the Busch Scholar and Professor of Marketing in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland. Hegerard athaide and nan ellis received his Ph.D. and MBA from Syracuse University. He joined the Loyola faculty in 1992. His teaching and research interests focus on innovation management and new product development. Gerard has taught courses on New Product Development in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Loyola University. In addition, he co-leads a PMBA international marketing course on a Chilean Study Tour.

Nan S. Ellis is a professor of law in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management. She received her law degree from The Ohio State University. Her research interests concern law and public policy issues, with a focus on financial regulation and policy. Her current teaching interests are in the areas of ethics and corporate social responsibility, and business law. Working with marketing professor Dr. Gerard Athaide, she takes graduate students enrolled in her International Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Class to Chile annually, where they visit such companies as Samsung, Codelco, and ACHS, along with the non-profit agency, Hogar de Cristo.

2018 - Rev. Jill Snodgrass, pastoral counseling

Rev. Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D., joined the Loyola faculty in 2011 and serves as associate professor of pastoral counseling. She was awarded a Ph.D. and M.A. from Claremont School of Theology, a M.Div. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from Colorado College. Her research addresses issues of spirituality and religion among traditionally marginalized populations, with specific focus on individuals experiencing homelessness and women transitioning from prison. Dr. Snodgrass is dedicated to inspiring and compassionately enhancing adult learners' learning and critical thinking. Her reputation among colleagues and students is exemplary and has earned her teaching evaluations substantially above those for her department and College, with many of her scores averaging a perfect 4.0.

2017 - Cheryl Moore-Thomas, education specialties cheryl moore thomas, ph.d.

Cheryl Moore-Thomas is a Professor of Education in the School Counseling program. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland. Her research interests include multicultural counseling competence, college access, racial identity development, spiritual identity development of adolescents, and accountability in school counseling programs. Her current teaching interests are in the areas of cross cultural counseling and group counseling. Prior to arriving at Loyola in 2000, Professor Moore-Thomas served as a school counselor, k-12 classroom teacher and student services specialist.