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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Educational Psychology (ED 205)

Explores major theories and principles of learning, motivation, and assessment. Focuses on the theoretical knowledge and the current research and their application to learning and teaching.

Faculty biography

Dr. Joshua Smith was Dean of the School of Education from 2012-2021 and is now a Professor in the Educational Leadership program. Smith recently spent two years serving as Visiting Professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan teaching courses in international higher education and design thinking. Dr. Smith's research examines the transition from high school to college. He partners with schools and community-based organizations to design, implement, and evaluate educational programs to improve student engagement and organizational effectiveness. 

Calculus I (MA 251)

How do we learn mathematics on our own? From others? How do our experiences shape our perspectives about learning mathematics? In this course, we develop a community of active learners using a framework of experience, action, communication, and reflection around mathematical thinking. In this rigorous approach to Calculus, topics include limits; the definition, interpretations, and applications of the derivative; differentiation rules; antiderivatives; the definition of definite and indefinite integrals; and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. This course satisfies the mathematics requirement for all science majors. 

Faculty biography

Dr. Timothy B. P. Clark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He teaches courses along the entire undergraduate spectrum, and particularly enjoys teaching future teachers, Calculus, Combinatorics, and Abstract Algebra. He conducts research in the field of Commutative Algebra, where he studies geometric and combinatorial objects that encode the solutions to systems of algebraic equations. Clark lives, cooks, and bicycles in Baltimore City with his partner and two children.

Mentor biography

Garrison (Garry) Schmitt moved to Maryland and joined the Loyola team in 2018 having departed from his former role in Hospitality Administration with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Garry has a diverse educational background, having served in both K-12 as well as higher education roles. But, while Garry has found a passion for working with students of all ages, he truly excels when in an atmosphere where students are empowering one another to serve, create their own identity, and care for the whole person. Bring on the Jesuit value of cura personalis!  Originally from Berlin, Conn., Garry completed his B.A. in Psychology from fellow Jesuit institution, College of the Holy Cross, and his M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration from Post University. Garry enjoys leadership podcasts, PC/PS4 games, and spending time with his Wife and their two dogs, Bailey and Luke.

Mentor biography

Emily Kane is the Assistant Director for Social Justice in Campus Ministry. Emily graduated from Loyola in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies. She completed her Master's in Social Justice through the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she also served as a graduate assistant in Campus Ministry. Emily enjoys cooking, reading novels, practicing yoga, and going on walks!

Virtual Advisor

ED 205 satisfies the social science core requirement. This pairing is recommended for students who are considering a major in the natural sciences, with an interest in education.

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Advising and Support

7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first-year experience was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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