Loyola University Maryland


Messina Faculty Participant Information

2017-2021 Messina Information Sheet for Faculty

Click Here to Access the 2017-2021 Messina Faculty Application (for new applicants) & Click here to access a PDF copy of the application

Click Here to Access the Messina Faculty Member Intent to Return Form (for current and past Messina faculty members) 

I Requirements of Faculty who will participate in Messina

Messina Faculty will:

  • Develop and teach one or more seminar courses each year to first-year students, including a scheduled weekly, 50-minute, enrichment session for each seminar.
  • Attend enrichment sessions and theme-wide events (occasionally held on evenings and weekends and planned in collaboration with other faculty, administrators and Messina).
  • Participate for at least three years (through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year), unless a sabbatical intervenes.  Additional years may be negotiated in consultation with department chair and the Co-Directors of Messina.
  • Possess a willingness to work as part of a collaborative working group of faculty, administrators and student leaders.

II New Faculty Participant Expectations during the 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Prepare for Messina participation by attending a variety of scheduled training sessions,   workshops (about one per month beginning in January 2018) and small group meetings.  Training sessions will take place in large group, theme-based and smaller, self-directed informal working group settings.
  • Messina will require 2-4 hours per month of preparation during the spring 2018 semester.

III Expectations for all Faculty Participants during the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Note:  The majority of faculty that participate in Messina will work with another faculty member, one campus administrator and two Evergreens to plan enrichment sessions and activities inside and outside of the classroom for two seminar sections of 15-17 students each year.   

  1. Participate in a professional learning community of faculty, administrators and student peer leaders participating in Messina 
    1. Prior to fall semester
  2. Collaborate on the Planning and Implementation of Enrichment Sessions
    1. Discuss connections of courses and co-curricular activities to overarching theme.
    2. Integrate enrichment sessions into course syllabi (enrichment sessions should include at least one Baltimore excursion and one theme-related activity each semester).
    3. Incorporate interdisciplinary perspectives into seminar courses and enrichment sessions. 
    4. Attend and assist in the facilitation of 10-12 enrichment sessions per semester (totaling 15-25 hours of interaction with your students) for each seminar class.
  3. Participate in the life and the events of the Themed Community
    1. Attend a common theme event (one per semester).
    2. Be available to assist with at least one additional Messina activity each year (in conjunction with Messina Office, Evergreens and Student Life staff).
    3. Develop ongoing relationships with 15-34 students outside of the classroom.
  4. Ordinarily, advise 15-17 students (this includes fulfilling all trainings associated with advising).
  5. Provide feedback to Messina by participating in program evaluations, surveys and other assessment efforts.

IV Estimated Time Commitments

  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, it is estimated that training and preparation will take approximately 2-4 hours each month beginning in January 2018.  
  • For the 2018-2019 year and beyond, faculty members will have time commitments associated with preparing and teaching courses, evaluating student work, advising first-year students, planning/attending enrichment sessions/activities and assessing student progress in meeting the Messina learning outcomes.   



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