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Promotions

Loyola celebrates the attainments of its faculty members who were recently tenured and/or promoted, one of the most important career milestones in a faculty member's career.

During the Fall 2018-19 academic year, 5 Loyola faculty members were tenured and/or promoted. Their accomplishments will continue to strengthen student learning experiences, and their scholarly contributions will continue to enrich human and universal understanding and experience.

The profiles of these distinguished faculty members, which follow, describe the faculty members' areas of expertise and give insight into their most significant and rewarding career dimensions.

Robert Bailey, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

My research interests involve applying state-of-the-art computer models to simulate fluid flow and heat transfer within engineered systems with the goal of enhancing performance and improving safety. Current applications include developing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that automatically adjust air supply locations to improve comfort and save energy.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • EG380 Thermodynamics
  • EG421 Fluid Mechanics
  • EG426 Computer-Aided Simulation and Design

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • R. Bailey, M. Kalensky, and C. Wilson, "Improving Thermal Comfort via Spatially Adaptive HVAC," Paper LB-17-C059, in Proceeding of the ASHRAE 2017 Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, June 24 -28, 2017.
  • R. Bailey, "Managing False Diffusion during Second-Order Upwind Simulations of Liquid Micromixing," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Volume 83, Issue 12, pp. 940-959, 2017.
  • R. Bailey and C. Morrell, "Quantitative Impact of Textbook Companion PowerPoint® Slides and Related Instructional Approach on Student Learning in Statics," in Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 23 - 26, 2013.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Professional, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Chair, Engineering Department Curriculum, Program Evaluation, and Accreditation Committee. (2006 - present): In 2006, drawing on my experience at my prior institution, I coordinated the development of a new program assessment, evaluation, and continuous improvement process for the department. The successful implementation of this process allowed us to clear (in 2007) prior weaknesses expressed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during our fall 2005 review, and our program accreditation was extended to 2012. In the fall of 2011, ABET again evaluated our program for compliance with its criteria. I had primary responsibility for developing the self-study report that formed the core of our documentation. Four weaknesses and one concern were identified, but quick corrective actions resulted in the removal of these findings and an extension of our program accreditation through 2018. In the fall of 2017, ABET representatives once again visited our campus to evaluate our program relative to their accreditation criteria, and I again had primary responsibility for developing our self-study report and assembling our supporting documents. This time, the program was found to be in full compliance, with no deficiencies, weaknesses, or concerns. 
  • Member, New Way of Proceeding Phase II Committee, and Chair, Utility Services Work Group (2013-2014). At the request of Fr. Linnane, I participated in an intensive and focused effort to reduce costs and improve institutional effectiveness in response to increasing financial challenges. Specific areas were identified for examination, and work groups were formed to carry out detailed studies within each area. I led the Utility Services Work Group, comprised of nine (9) other staff and faculty members, which examined ways to reduce overall utility costs and/or improve utility-related expenditures and recommended $562,000 in cost savings over four years. Ultimately, the Phase II Committee evaluated options from multiple work groups and made recommendations to President Linnane to strengthen Loyola's financial position and its focus on key mission areas.
  • Instructor, Roland Park Country School Next STEP Program (2010-2014). Over a five year period, I was an instructor during weeklong summer sessions of the Roland Park Country School Next STEP program for inner-city high school girls with aptitude in mathematics and science. I developed lessons and guided groups of 10 - 15 African-American girls through associated activities on structural engineering, fluid flow, energy production, solar power, and safety in engineering design.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • "Simulation of Airframe Heating due to a Ground-Level Pool Fire," University of Florida subcontract to Loyola College in Maryland, $24, 970, August 2007 - July 2008, Principal Investigator: R. Bailey.
  • "The Effect of Element Type and Grid Resolution on Computer Simulations of Liquid Mixing in Very Small Channels," Loyola College in Maryland Summer research grant, $4,000, June 2008 - August 2008, Principal Investigator: R. Bailey.

What is Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What is most gratifying to me about Loyola is having the opportunity to help students become excited about the engineering profession and the benefits that engineers can bring to people's lives at a place here undergraduate teaching is truly valued. It's also rewarding to help shape and grow the program, taking advantage of Loyola's strength in the liberal arts as well as the interdisciplinary connections among our four engineering concentrations and with other departments.

Frank D'Souza, Ph.D.

Promoted

Professor of Finance

Research Interests

Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, and Investments.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Sellinger Applied Portfolio Fund
  • Equity Securities: Markets & Valuation
  • Special Topics: Advance Finance

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • D'Souza, F., Rao, R., (2017) "The Impact of Equity Market Timing on Firm Value: A Behavioral Approach", Journal of Business and Policy Research Vol. 12. No. 1. July 2017. Pp. 34-53
  • Chelikani S., D'Souza, F., (2014) "The Effect of Regulation Fair Disclosure on Market Integration", International Journal of Business and Finance Research, 8(4), 43-62
  • D'Souza, F., & Chelikani S., (2013) "The Impact Insider Ownership Level on Equity Market Timing Decisions", Journal of Global Business Development, 4(1), 36-43

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Professional, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Member of the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, and Univ. Sustainable/Financial Business Model group Co-Chair (2015-2016)
  • Department Chair, Finance Department (2015 - present)
  • ALANA MAP program (2010 - present)

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

Loyola is a place that feels like home to me. I am the product of a Jesuit education, and I am grateful that I am at an institution that I can give back to the students in the same way. At Loyola I have been able to balance teaching, research, and service. I have also been given the chance to grow as a leader through my work with the Strategic Plan, and my work as department chair - something that I have enjoyed, in no small part due to the guidance and support of my colleagues, and the administration.

Suzanne Keilson, Ph.D.

Promoted

Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests

My research interests span my master’s degree work in Materials Science and my doctoral work in Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing.
At Loyola I have also grown interests in Engineering Education and Assistive Technologies.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • EG 103 Messina Introduction to Engineering.  “Design and Creativity in the Built World”
  • EG 381 Probability and Statistics
  • EG 351 Introduction to Materials

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Keilson S.E., Elkes, Lynne  “Life Cycle Assessment and Economics in First Year Engineering”, FYEE18, ASEE First Year Engineering Experience, Rowan University, 2018.
  • Keilson, S.E., “E-waste Global Engineering Challenge”, ASEE Mid-Atlantic meeting.  Morgan State University, 2017.
  • Keilson S.E., “Design of Voice Control Interface for a Microwave Oven”, Proceedings of the 2016 IAJC-IJME International Conference, 2016.
  • Keilson, S.E.,   Webinar:  Teaching Innovation and Creativity.  “Engineering Design and Creativity”  IUCEE (Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education), 2016.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Professional, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Loyola: Served as Associate Dean for Loyola
  • Professional:  Zone I Chair American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and Meetings Chair of Mid-Atlantic Section of ASEE
  • Community:  Chair of Board, Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • A principal faculty member on Pathways to Innovation and University Innovation Fellows Faculty Mentor.

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

What is most rewarding for me about working at Loyola is the opportunity to meet and work with colleagues, faculty, staff, and administrators from across many disciplines and offices. Loyola provides opportunities for professional development, growth, and engagement for faculty, just as there are so many opportunities for students here both in and outside the classroom. Teaching engineering and science in the context of the liberal arts, such as in Messina, has a very integrated and holistic feel that I love. It is an exciting time at Loyola as we aim for the Magis.

Janet Maher, MFA

Promoted

Professor of Fine Arts

Research Interests

All kinds of mixed media processes, and a growing interest in world history.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • Book Arts & Artists’ Books
  • Collage, Assemblage & the Found Object
  • Printmaking

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City, The History Press, 2015
  • Continual making and exhibiting my artwork and allowing it to evolve and expand as I do.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Professional, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Helping students move forward into their careers through laying a foundation of skills and writing letters of support that have led them to important opportunities.
  • Interweaving my own expertise, my teaching and my service.

Grants/Fellowships Awarded

  • Opportunities to work abroad in Ireland (2016) and in France (1998).

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

It has been wonderful to work with majors and special students individually and to do interesting extra-curricular student-focused endeavors. It has been a particular joy to work with minors and other students who come into my upper level courses after their major requirements have finally opened up space in their schedules. Still, some of my most satisfying memories involve students with whom I have worked only once, yet the experience was significant in relation to their future endeavors.

Joseph Stewart-Sicking, Ed.D.

Promoted

Professor of Education Specialties

Research Interests

I study how psychotherapists can address religious and spiritual issues working with clients in pluralistic settings. I also am interested in the efficacy of school counselors in supporting students with autism spectrum disorder.

Favorite Courses Taught at Loyola

  • PC 700 Pastoral Integration Seminar
  • PC 950 Psychospiritual Issues in Clinical Practice
  • GC 784 Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Recent/Noteworthy Publications or Presentations

  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A. (2016). Spiritual friendship after religion. New York: Morehouse.
  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A., Deal, P. J. & Fox, J. (2017) The ways paradigm: A transtheoretical model for integrating spirituality into counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95, 234–241. doi:10.1002/jcad.12135
  • Stewart-Sicking, J. A. (2015). Cognitive therapy and the punctual self: Using an ascetical framework to critique approaches to psychotherapy. Pastoral Psychology, 64(1), 111–122.

Most Significant Service to Loyola, Your Professional, and/or Baltimore Community

  • Priest, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

What is Most Significant or Rewarding about Loyola

I love Loyola’s Jesuit approach to education. I attended Jesuit universities for my undergraduate and first graduate degrees, and my career path was forever changed through encountering the core curriculum and the commitment to becoming people for and with others. I teach students in a professional graduate program, and one of the most important things I hope to cultivate in them is core Jesuit values such as cura personalis and social justice. These require reflection on basic themes of what it means to be human and what society is for, which means that even as we build professional knowledge and competence, we still need to be rooted in the liberal arts. I think wholistic approach sets us apart.

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