Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Teaching Enhancement Workshop

Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom
August 29, 2018, Evergreen Campus

RSVP to tew@loyola.edu.

Committee Members | Past Workshops

Workshop Program *tentative*

 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Conversation  TBD
9 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Plenary


  • Elizabeth Dahl, Chemistry
  • Moira Lynch, Political Science
  • Rebecca Trump, Marketing
  • Erin Richardson, Education Specialties


9:45 - 9:55 a.m. Break
9:55 - 10:35 a.m. Break-Out Sessions: 1, 3, 4, and 5  TBD
10:45 - 11:25 a.m. Break-Out Sessions: 2, 4, 5, and 6  TBD
11:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Break-Out Sessions: 1, 2, 3, and 6  TBD

Break-Out Session Descriptions

1. Teaching Gender, Sexuality, and Patriarchy Across the Curriculum

Presenters: Patrick Brugh (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Amanda Konradi (Sociology)

2. Climate Change Across the Curriculum: Don't Let Denial Get You Down

In this breakout session we’ll explore and discuss strategies for including climate change in nearly any course. The session will include examples of how climate change was incorporated into various non-science courses at Loyola. We’ll also discuss how to deal with skeptical students and the difference between skeptic and denier when it comes to the issue of climate change.

Presenter: Elizabeth Dahl (Chemistry)

3. Name it, Frame it, Explain it: Applying a Racial Equity Lens in the Classroom

This breakout session provides an introduction to framing conversations with a racial equity lens. The session includes interdisciplinary teaching modules on structural and institutional racism; a self-assessment toolkit for curriculum development; and strategies for advancing equity and inclusion in the classroom.

Presenter: Elizabeth Kennedy (Information Systems, Law and Operations)

4. A Fair Hearing for the Immigrant: Practical Insights for Approaching the Topic of Immigration in the Classroom

This breakout session explores how we can introduce and frame conversations regarding immigration, particularly in light of the rise of nativism in the United States. Some attention will be given to Catholic Social Teaching on the issue.

Presenter: Daniel Castillo (Theology)

5. Levels of Racism in the Academic Classroom and How to Begin to Dismantle Them

In this breakout session participants will explore and discuss strategies for identifying and dismantling forms of racism in the academic classroom. The session will include examples of how racism has been incorporated into the academic setting at Loyola. Participants will move from identification to strategies to dismantle practices which negatively impact ALL Loyola students. This is not an introductory course. Participants should have some understanding of racism in academic settings and be comfortable with terms such as marginalization, racism, white privilege, and white supremacy.

Presenter: Adell Cothorne (Teacher Education)

6. Politics

Presenter: Cara Jacobson (Psychology)

 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Conversation

Other Afternoon Offerings - more information will be available soon

Accessify Your Syllabus - TBD
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn to assess, modify, and evaluate the accessibility of one of your course syllabi. You will walk away with an accessible syllabus and a better understanding of barriers to accessibility for your students. You are asked to bring a laptop and an electronic syllabus with you.

Moodle Drop-in Session - TBD
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wellness and Meeting Student Needs - TBD
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Baltimore Community Orientation by Shuttle (sponsored by CCSJ)
2:30 - 4 p.m. (Depart from Govantowne Farmer's Market at 5104 York Road)

Join your colleagues in discovering our great city, including our nearest neighbors and Loyola's presence throughout Baltimore. Especially good for newer faculty and also those who want to commit to engaging our city. RSVP with Kristen Fisher.


Teaching Enhancement Committee

Members, 2018-19

  • Chair: Maren Blohm (Biology) 
  • Rebecca Trump (Marketing) 
  • Rebekah Eklund (Theology)
  • Patricia Kanashiro (International Business)
  • Jill Snodgrass (Pastoral Counseling) 
  • Cheryl Moore-Thomas (Education Specialties /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

January 2018: High-Impact Teaching Practices Using Digital Pedagogy

August 2017: Student-Driven Learning and High-Impact Learning Practices

January 2017: Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

August 2016: Race in the College Classroom

January 2016: Modes of Engagement

August 2015: Inclusive Teaching and Loyola's Diversifying Student Body

January 2015: The Jesuit Mission, In Action

August 2014: Beyond Words: The Power of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching