The Office of Academic Affairs supports professional development in the area of teaching through annual events, funded opportunities, mentoring, and occasional workshops, discussions, and lectures. Academic Affairs also partners with various offices around campus that provide support for faculty. In addition, many departments coordinate their own teaching mentors or peer-to-peer programs.
Key ongoing and recurring programs are below, as well as links to key offices that support the teaching mission. If you have an idea for a program or need, contact Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Interim Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Diversity.
Academic Affairs works with the Teaching Enhancement Committee (appointed by the Faculty Affairs Committee) to offer an annual fall and spring teaching enhancement workshop for the Loyola faculty community. Sometimes workshops have a unifying focus (e.g., nonverbal communication) or keynote speaker (e.g., Ken Bain on what the best college professors do) and other workshops offer a broader series of opportunities for faculty. Any workshop also provides an opportunity for us to come together in fellowship as faculty.
Faculty Thinkspace on Race and Diversity (ToRaD)
A new faculty-led initiative. In response to the Faculty Statement of Support of Students Acting Against Racism, professors Jean Lee Cole and Amanda Konradi created a Moodle "Thinkspace" open to all Loyola faculty. Taking the place of the previously scheduled Syllabus Cram Session, the thinkspace will be a repository for materials on critical race theory and pedagogy, and also will hold discussion forums on topics initiated by participants. All individuals who signed the statement above will be/have been invited to enroll as a Thinkspace participant. Any other faculty who are interested in participating should contact Jean Lee Cole or Amanda Konradi for an invitation. The Moodle site is here, or you can search for ToRaD in your main Moodle page.
Academic Advising and Support Center
The Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) supports the academic progress of undergraduate students in a variety of ways. The AASC’s administrators facilitate the initial registration of first-year and transfer students. They also serve as a resource for the core and major advisors who work with students throughout their undergraduate career.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is available to provide appropriate and reasonable supports and modifications, so that students may fully participate in the life of the University. The FAQ page includes recommended syllabus language. An accessibility working group also offers support and guidance on universal design for your courses.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
The Library supports faculty teaching and scholarship in a number of ways. In particular for teaching, the Library provides instructional services, resources for curriculum building, and other partnerships. The Library also offers a liaison program for tenure-track faculty and liaises with departments to build collections that will support the needs of our students.
Messina is a unique, first-year experience designed to help students adjust quickly to college-level work and forge a clear path to success at Loyola and in the life and career that will follow. Faculty work in pairs and in conjunction with an administrator and student leader around a shared theme. The Messina office offers faculty training workshops and occasional discussions. Messina coordinates the Common Text and other programming throughout the year.
Office of Digital Teaching and Learning
The Office of Digital Teaching and Learning provides a bridge between you, the faculty, and the technology tools needed to help your students succeed. Our team consists of technology experts, instructional designers, and creative professionals here to help you use technology for the best educational outcome; enlightened and engaged students. Technology Services also offers frequent training workshops and brownbag discussions on matters of pedagogy.
Office of Service-Learning
The Office of Service-Learning is housed in the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ). The office coordinates service-learning on campus, including through logistical support, a strong network of community partners, and an annual Faculty Fellows Seminar weeklong workshop on service-learning pedagogy. The Office of Service-Learning also supports faculty efforts in the area of engaged scholarship and coordinates the Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.
Loyola supports the participation of individual faculty members in the following programs, most through open application processes.
Loyola sponsors up to two faculty members to participate in an annual summertime pilgrimage to Spain to visit important sites in the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross, the pilgrimage is an opportunity for religiously diverse faculty across the country to share a lived experience of early Jesuit history and Ignatian thought, which enriches their understanding and teaching of the Jesuit educational mission. All full-time, returning faculty eligible. Applications due in November. More information.
Collegium summer workshop
Loyola sponsors a faculty member to participate in Collegium, a colloquy on faith and intellectual life held on location at different Catholic universities each year. All full-time, returning faculty eligible. Applications due first Friday of spring semester. More information.
The Office of Educational Technology offers two grants to full-time faculty: the Technology Research Grant to provide faculty with an opportunity to fund technology needed to support their ongoing research efforts & the Faculty Technology Grant to encourage faculty to explore educational technologies to enhance the effectiveness of their courses, and to enable them to support their peers in their endeavors to adopt appropriate technology in teaching and learning. Open to both beginning and advanced projects. Applications deadlines are July 15 and the first Friday of spring semester.
Center for the Humanities
Funded by a restricted endowment account, the Center For the Humanities sponsors a wide range of programming and faculty development opportunities in support of humanistic inquiry. Teaching-related opportunities include team-teaching, as well as various student-faculty collaborations. Eligibility is specific to each program.