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Teaching Enhancement Workshop - August 2015

Inclusive Teaching and Loyola's Diversifying Student Body

Fall 2015 Teaching Enhancement Workshop

Part One of a Yearlong Focus on Student Engagement

August 26, 2015, Evergreen Campus



This year's fall Teaching Enhancement workshop will focus on “Inclusive Teaching” as we think about pedagogical implications of Loyola's success in diversifying our student body at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The day's program is adapted from a web resource put out by the center for teaching and learning at the University of Washington, and informed by a practical bulletin on equity and higher education by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and other resources on pedagogical implications of a diversifying student body.

Faculty members of the Teaching Enhancement Committee work with Academic Affairs for an opportunity to come together twice a year as a faculty to reflect on key issues in higher education teaching, pedagogical developments, and to share practical applications for our own classrooms and aims as scholar-teachers. This year, based on faculty feedback and institutional priorities, the TEC is planning a two-part, yearlong discussion of student engagement. The August workshop focuses on inclusive teaching practices and pedagogical implications of Loyola's diversifying classrooms (or, who we teach) and the January workshop will focus on different modes of teaching and our own pedagogical experimentation (or,how we teach).

Program (tentative)

Breakfast and Conversation, 8:30 a.m. (McGuire Hall East )

Welcome, 9 a.m. (McGuire Hall East)

Amy Wolfson, Professor of Psychology and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Maren Blohm, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Teaching Enhancement Committee

Plenary address, 9:15-10 a.m. (McGuire Hall East)

Inclusive Teaching and "College Knowledge"

Rob Helfenbein, Associate Dean of the School of Education

Helfenbein-teaching plenary excerpt-fall 2015 Prof., Rob Helfenbein, plenary at Fall 2015 Teaching Enhancement Workshop, Aug 28, 2015 

Introduced by Brian Norman, Associate Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity

Loyola Students: Who are they? Prepared by Terra Schehr, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Break-Out Sessions I, 10:10-11 a.m. (rooms below)

Communicate Respect, Fairness, and High Expectations (Sellinger VIP Lounge- CTM 430)

Chairs: Jill Snodgrass, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Mavis Biss, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, members of the Teaching Enhancement Committee

Lisa Zimmerelli, Assistant Professor of Writing - Facilitating the Development of Writing Skills in First-Year Students

Jenn Watkinson, Associate Professor of Education Specialties - Constructivist Theory and the Needs of Graduate Students

Srikanth Ramamurthy, Assistant Professor of Economics –Balancing Rigor and Student Engagement through Relevance.

Support Student Success (McGuire Hall West)

Chair: Maren Blohm, Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of the Teaching Enhancement Committee

Rodney Parker, Director of ALANA Services – First Generation College Students

Patricia Bizzell, Cardin Chair in Writing at Loyola (2015-16) & Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross– ELL and Translingual Approaches

Dominic Walker ’13, M.A., Teacher’s College of Columbia University  – Fostering Conversation in the Classroom

Jesse More, Associate Professor of Chemistry - Tutorials: an “organic” approach

Foster Equitable Class Participation (McGuire Hall West)

Chair: Rebecca Trump, Assistant Professor of Marketing, member of the Teaching 

Enhancement Committee

Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Professor of Law & Social Responsibility - Experience Serial Testimony Protocol: A Technique Designed to Promote an Inclusive Conversation

Christopher Thompson, Associate Professor of Biology - Using Elements of Your Teaching Philosophy to Help you Foster Equitable Participation in the Classroom

Wendy Smith, Associate Professor of Teacher Education - How to use technology to support interactive teaching: Modeling pedagogy appropriate for all age-levels

Rebekah Eklund, Assistant Professor of Theology - Practices for the Nervous and the Non-Verbal: Writing exercises for inclusion in core classes


Break-Out Sessions II, 11:10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (rooms above)

see descriptions above

Communicate Respect, Fairness, and High Expectations

Support Student Success

Foster Equitable Class Participation


Lunch & Conversation, 12-1 p.m. (McGuire Hall East)


We went green! Please fill out this paperless survey to help the Teaching Enhancement Committee plan future workshops that are meaningful and address your interests.

Afternoon Faculty Support Sessions, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. across campus

Academic Affairs is working with various offices around campus that support faculty to coordinate information sessions, workshops, and other development opportunities. The goal is to connect faculty to resources, information, and community that help you thrive as faculty, especially as you start the year.

Loyola/Notre Dame Library

Come and “C” at the Library! Learn about our collections, core services, copyright, and Curriculum Builder. We’ll be serving coffee, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate! RSVP for a session here. “C” you there!!!

Copyright and Creative Commons

1-2 p.m.

Do you have questions about copyright and fair use? This session will provide background to help you understand copyright as both a producer and user of copyrighted materials. It will educate you on fair use and walk you through making a fair use evaluation. Learn the basics of Creative Commons as an alternative to copyright, presented along with sites where you can find Creative Commons licensed materials.

Core Library Services

1-2 p.m.

Learn the basics of library services from your liaisons. Circulation, Collection Development, Instruction, Interlibrary loan, and much more in this one-hour session.

Commune with your Liaison

2-2:30 p.m.

A social half hour where you can meet with liaisons, learn about library services, and enjoy those C snacks!

Curriculum Builder

2:30- 3:30 p.m.

Learn about Curriculum Builder, a streamlined way to add LNDL’s electronic articles, ebooks, streaming media, and web resources directly into your Moodle courses. We will show you how to build new reading lists and share materials with your colleagues


Office of Educational Technology

Simplifying Grading with Moodle

1-2 p.m., KH 108

Want to be able to keep students posted on their grades throughout the semester? This course provides an in-depth training in using Moodle Gradebook, including opportunities to work hands-on with the gradebook and to ask specific questions.  Topics covered include grade aggregations, adding categories and items, allowing for extra credit and grading for groups.

Introduction to Moodle

2:15-3:15 p.m., KH 108

New to using Moodle and just want to get acclimated to its capabilities? Moodle for Beginners is the course for you. Moodle provides a wealth of tools to be able to post readings, administer assignments and create other interactive course materials. Topics covered include uploading files to your course, creating a basic assignment, accessing student activity reports, taking attendance and more.

Ed Tech Consultations

3:15-5 p.m., Drop-in, KH 106

Bring your laptop or use one of our computers to set up your courses! Learn more about our suite of instructional technologies, or ask specific questions about problems you’ve been facing. Our instructional technology experts will be there to answer any questions that might come up. No appointment necessary, but if you would like to schedule a time that is preferable to you, please email

Language Learning Center

Moodle and Voicethread in the Language Learning Course

1-2 p.m., MH 443

This session will include two brief warm up exercises to get used to quiz making and VoiceThread activity building, followed by 1-on-1 tutorials with participants who want to develop their Moodle course sites for language learning (foreign and classical languages).

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Individual Grant Consultations

1-5 p.m., One-on-one sessions, Beatty Hall 116

Nancy Dufau, Director of ORSP, or ext. 2004

Interested in applying for a grant? Have a question about the tenure-track research leave, sabbatical, or summer grant program? Or simply have a question about the ORSP and the support it can provide? Contact Nancy to schedule a 30-minute appointment.  

Funding Search Consultations

1-5 p.m., One-on-one sessions, Beatty Hall 116

Julie Ryder, Assistant Director of ORSP, or ext. 2561

ORSP subscribes to Pivot, an easy-to-use database that identifies grant opportunities for research and other academic projects. With Pivot, faculty members can receive weekly emails that have customized funding searches tied to their scholarly interests. Contact Julie to schedule an appointment to help you get set up.

Navigating the IRB Process

2-3 p.m., Info session, College Cener Conference Room 107

Derek Bowden, Assistant Director of ORSP

Will you or your students be submitting to the IRB this year? Derek will discuss the IRB application process, with a special emphasis upon how faculty members can work with students to head off common issues that slow down IRB approval.

Office of Service-Learning


Engaged Research and Service-Learning: Scholarship for Justice

1-2 p.m., Info session, College Center Conference Room 113

Robin Crews, Director of Service-Learning & Kate Figiel-Miller, Assistant Director of Service-Learning

York Road Initiative

Shuttle tour of Baltimore


3:30-5 p.m., Depart from Govanstowne Farmer's Market (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

Resources on Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive Teaching

-- Comprehensive website from the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington

-- Includes lots of practical tips and resources by faculty, for faculty

"Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning"

-- Bulletin from the American Association of Colleges & Universities (April 15, 2015)

-- A good resource with both big questions for our institution and practical strategies for our classrooms

Recent Articles on Inclusive Teaching and Diversifying Student Bodies

"The Challenge of the First-Generation College Student," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 18, 2015

A special report on "Diversity in Academe" with articles on supporting working-class, racial minority, and other underrepresented student populations.

"First-Generation Students Unite," New York Times, April 12, 2015

An in-depth article on first-generation college-going student struggles at elite universities, with video interviews about their joys and challenges.

Teaching Enhancement Committee

Members, 2015-16

Chair: Maren Blohm (Biology) 

Mavis Biss (Philosophy) 

Jill Snodgrass (Pastoral Counseling) 

Rebecca Trump (Marketing)

Brian Norman (English /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

January 2015: The Jesuit Mission, In Action

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