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Teaching Enhancement Workshop August 2016

August 31, 2016, Evergreen Campus

Loyola's annual fall Teaching Enhancement Workshop presents:

Race in the College Classroom


An interactive approach, featuring Theater Delta: Interactive Theater for Social Change. Faculty from other area institutions are invited!

Loyola faculty: RSVP to

Registration for faculty at area institutions 


Please join Amy Wolfson, vice president for academic affairs, and your faculty colleagues for the annual fall Teaching Enhancement Workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus on the topic of "Race in the College Classroom." Theater Delta will present an interactive theater workshop about managing conflicts around race and social identities in the campus classroom, followed by a few break-out opportunities for further conversation and application.

Each year, faculty members of the Teaching Enhancement Committee (TEC) 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 an interactive approach to a key topic that affects all campuses right now. 


Workshop Program (tentative)

9 - 9:30 a.m.


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

"Race in the College Classroom,"welcome comments by
Brian Norman, Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity

McGuire Hall West
9:30 - 11 a.m.

"Can I Be of Any Help?" An Interactive Workshop featuring, "Theater Delta"

Inclusive strategies handout.

McGuire Hall West
11 - 11:10 a.m. Break  
11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Break-out Sessions

  • Can I Be of Any Help, Part II
    Following "Can I Be of Any Help," part II will continue and deepen the conversation and apply solutions in real life situations. Using engaging interactive exercises, participants will practice effective strategies for managing classroom conflicts in a safe space.
  • Engaging Current Criminal Justice Issues in the Classroom
    Faculty-led session hosted by the Office of Peace & Justice Studies that will explore concrete strategies for creating dynamic classroom conversations about racial equality, policing, and other current issues.Participants are invited to bring syllabi and share their own practices.

McGuire Hall East




CTM 040 (Fine Arts wing)




CTM 056 (Fine Arts Wing)



12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch McGuire Hall East
1 - 2 p.m. Remarks by the University President, the Rev. Brian F.Linnane, S.J., Ph.D.on the future of undergraduate education at Loyola McGuire Hall West
2 - 6 p.m. Faculty Support Sessions-please see below  

Additional Opportunities for Faculty and Community Support

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.

Monday, August 29

New Faculty Orientation, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Evergreen Campus)

Faculty are at the heart of our academic mission and the Office of Academic Affairs wants to help your transition to the classroom, to Loyola, and to Baltimore by connecting you to key people and resources around the university.

Messina Workshop (Evergreen Campus)

Day-long workshop/kick-off for Messina faculty and mentors.

Tuesday, August 30

Faculty Fellows Seminar on Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Sellinger Hall Room 104)

A cohort of faculty learn about service-learning pedagogy and prepare to teach a service-learning course in the coming year. Having completed four days of the course in May and spent the summer integrating service-learning into a syllabus of their choice, Fellows now present their courses and syllabi to one another and invite constructive review and feedback from their colleagues in the seminar this morning. Observers are welcome! 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

At lunch, we will welcome our new Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, Dr. Jean Lee Cole, as well as recognizing our new Faculty Fellows' completion of the seminar and formally welcoming them into the existing community of service-learning faculty. Please join us for lunch from 12 - 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Kate Figiel-Miller at

In the afternoon, the workshop continues as Fellows discuss engaged scholarship beyond service-learning. All are welcome from 1 - 3 p.m.


Part-Time Affiliate Faculty Orientation, 5 - 8:30 p.m. with pre-orientation sessions beginning at 4 p.m.

One-time overview of teaching-related resources, including the Library, EdTech, and Academic Advising.

Wednesday, August 31

Teaching Enhancement Workshop, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (McGuire Hall)


Address by the University President, the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Ph.D., on the future of undergraduate education at Loyola, 1 p.m. (McGuire Hall)


Faculty Support Session, 2 - 6 p.m. (Evergreen Campus)


Loyola/Notre Dame Library

Library Open House, 2 - 3:15 p.m. (Loyola/Notre Dame Library, room 1022)

Come to the Loyola Notre Dame Library and meet your department liaisons, learn about core services, and more.

Incorporating Resources into Your Courses without Breaking the Law, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. (Loyola/Notre Dame Library, instruction lab B)

Do you have questions about copyright or wonder if what you're doing with your course materials is legal? Learn how to make sure you are staying in compliance with copyright law when adding materials to your courses. You will learn about copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons, as well as how you can easily incorporate library resources, including scholarly articles and educational films, into Moodle using the Curriculum builder tool and stable URLs.

Teaching Enhancement Committee

Syllabus Cram Session, 2 - 3 p.m. (Library Board Room, third floor)

Still making last minute changes to your course syllabi? We're glad! This 60-minute Syllabus Cram Session features tips on syllabi construction, guidance on incorporating University learning aims and required elements, and feedback from colleagues on rubrics, policies, tech tricks, and even proofreading!

Office of Educational Technology

Introduction to Moodle, 2 - 3 p.m. & 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. (Knott Hall 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.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Expediting the IRB Process for Student Projects - Individual Consultations, 2 - 3 p.m. (Beatty Hall 116)

Are you planning to have your students submit projects to the IRB last year? Oftentimes students' applications have common errors that slow down the process. Stop by if you have questions or would like to discuss ways to facilitate a successful review process.

ORSP Open House, 3 - 5 p.m. (Beatty Hall 116)

Interested in applying for a grant? Want to know more about funding opportunities for your project? Have a question about the tenure-track research leave, sabbatical, summer grant or Kolvenbach programs? Or simply have a question about the OSRP and the support it can provide? Stop by and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Center for Community, Service, and Justice

Shuttle Tour of Baltimore, 4:30 - 6 p.m. (Depart from Govanstowne 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

Thursday, September 1

Sellinger Faculty Retreat, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (4th Floor Program Room)

Annual SSBM faculty retreat, for planning and targeted development.

New Student Convocation, 4 - 5 p.m. (Reitz Arena) *regalia required

Friday, September 2

Common Text Plenary and Break-out Discussions (Reitz Arena)

Starting the academic year with a shared intellectual experience among first-year students and Messina faculty/mentors.

Resources on Race in the College Classroom

Boutte, G.S. and Jackson, T.S. (2014). "Advice to White Allies: Insights from Faculty of Color" Race Ethnicity and Education 17.5: 623-42.

Bell, J. (2014). "How to Improve Discussions of Race in the ClassroomChronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 12.

Patton, L.D. and Bondi, S. (2015). "Nice White Men or Social Justice Allies?: Using Critical Race Theory to Examine How White Male Faculty and Administrators Engage in Ally Work" Race and Ethnicity and Education 18.4: 488-514.

Gay, R. (2015). "The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and BeyondNew York Times, Nov. 13.

Charbeneau, J. (2015). "White Faculty Transforming Whiteness in the Classroom through Pedagogical Practice" Race Ethnicity and Education 18:5 655-674.

Teaching Enhancement Committee

Members, 2016-17

  • Chair: Maren Blohm (Biology) 
  • Mavis Biss (Philosophy) 
  • Vanessa Dodo Seriki (Teacher Education)
  • Jill Snodgrass (Pastoral Counseling) 
  • Rebecca Trump (Marketing)
  • Brian Norman (English /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

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