The Faculty Award for Excellence in Transformative Teaching recognizes a colleague for achievement in an imaginative teaching practice. This might take the form of a curricular revision, a course redesign, an inventive tradition, a new teaching format, an exemplary project, a new immersive experience, or any number of ways our colleagues transform the learning experience. In turn, such teaching transforms the students and the teacher.
Starting in 2017, this faculty award showcases our faculty’s shared commitment to the Jesuit core value of magis, a constant challenge to improve. The Committee on Teaching Enhancement selects a teaching practice that best exemplifies a commitment to imaginative and effective teaching, based on peer nomination. Each year's honored colleague shows us all what is possible, in the classroom and beyond. The recipient is announced each year at the annual Faculty Excellence Celebration (formerly the Deans' Symposium).
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2021 - Jeffrey Witt, philosophy
Jeffrey Witt is an associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He completed his graduate work in the philosophy department at Boston College in 2012. His dissertation focused on issues of faith, reason, and theological knowledge in the late medieval Sentences commentaries tradition. He is the co-editor of The Theology of John Mair (Brill 2015) and the co-author of a monograph on the 14th century philosopher and theologian Robert Holcot (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is also the founder, designer, and developer of the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (http://scta.info), a digital archive organizing and publishing scholastic text-data. He works regularly in the field of digital humanities, employing new digital methods to understand and analyze the medieval scholastic corpus. Dr. Witt especially enjoys introducing Loyola students to these new approaches and has introduced several students to these methods through independent study and research mentorships.
2020 - Elizabeth Dahl, chemistry
Elizabeth Dahl is an associate professor of chemistry at Loyola University. She earned a B.S. in Marine Science and Chemistry from the University of Miami and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth system science from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on oceanic trace gases and atmospheric chemistry, which she has integrated into her teaching at Loyola through both her mentoring of research students and in her teaching of analytical chemistry and Earth science. She is a tireless champion on the environment, and works with the Environmental Action Club, as well as with fellow faculty and staff at Loyola, to promote understanding and activism in support of a livable future. This includes developing an Environmental Film Series and advocating always for bringing more environmental programming, speakers and education opportunities to the university. Her work with students focuses on connecting environmental issues and social justice to inspire care and stewardship of our common home and hope for the future.
2019 - David Rivers, biology
David Rivers a is Professor of Biology and Director of Forensic Studies at Loyola University Maryland. He received his B.S. in Biology from Ball State University, a Ph.D. in Entomology with a concentration in Insect Physiology from the Ohio State University, and was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in Cellular and Molecular Parasitology at the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty at Loyola in 1994, was named the Harry Rodgers III Teacher of the Year in 1999 and has served as chair of the biology department on two occasions. He is a member of the North American Forensic Entomology Association, Entomological Society of America, and American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He also is co-author of the critically acclaimed textbook The Science of Forensic Entomology and conducts research in several areas involving necrophagous flies and parasitic wasps as they relate to legal investigations.
2018 - Giuseppina Iacono Lobo, English
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo joined the Loyola community in 2011 and currently serves as an Associate Professor of English. Her research interests include seventeenth-century prose and poetry, especially the works of the poet-polemicist John Milton, the intersection of politics, theology, and literature, and, most recently, disability studies. She has taught over a dozen different courses to both core and major students, including service-learning and diversity courses. Dr. Iacono Lobo’s classes cover a vast array of topics, from early modern prison writing, to contemporary disability literature, to even African American adaptations of Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost. In both her classroom and service at Loyola, Dr. Iacono Lobo takes a particular interest in diversity and social justice.
2017 - Nicholas Miller, English
Nicholas Andrew Miller, associate professor of English and director of the Loyola film studies program, received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of teaching and scholarly interest include film animation, early cinema, the intersections between modernist print and visual cultures, and twentieth-century Irish and British literature. He is currently at work on an interdisciplinary study of metamorphosis in modernist visual culture titled Metaphor and Metamorphosis Animating the Modern Imagination. He is the author of Modernism, Ireland, and the Erotics of Memory (Cambridge, 2002).