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Welcome to the Center for Experiential Learning's Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter! We hope this newsletter finds you settling into the rhythms of the semester! This edition of the newsletter features opportunities to deepen your teaching practice this spring. Explore how you can get involved below!

This monthly newsletter shares the latest news, events, and programming related to teaching and learning across Loyola. In the February edition, you'll find: 

CEL Workshops, Programs, and Events
Teaching and Learning Events
Pedagogy Resources

Have an event, opportunity, or resource you would like to share? Email us at to be included in the next edition. 
CEL Workshops, Programs, and Opportunities

Loyola University Chicago Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP)

LUROP offers a range of resources and opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct mentored research at Loyola through one of LUROP's funded fellowships. Find out how your students can get involved in undergraduate research at Loyola or apply for a LUROP fellowship at The deadline for LUROP fellowship applications is Friday, March 1st.

CEL on the Water Tower Campus!
Feb. 13th • Feb. 27th • Mar. 20th • Apr. 17th

The Center for Experiential Learning is headed to the Water Tower Campus! The CEL will be hosting downtown editions of the Active Teaching Reading Group and the Write Now! Workshop Series on select Wednesdays this semester. To find out more or get involved, email Susan Haarman (

Civic Dialogue and Classroom Community 
Feb. 15th from 11:30AM - 1:00PM in Mundelein 1410

Join us for a workshop on Civic Dialogue and Classroom Community as part of the Faculty Certificate Program in Experiential Learning. Workshops are open to all Loyola faculty and staff. 

Designed as a flexible series of workshops, this spring's program explores course design, assessment, civic dialogue, classroom community, and cultural competency. Workshops are held on Fridays from 11:30AM - 1:00PM in Mundelein 1410. Join the certificate program here or email Susan Haarman ( for more information.

Arts-Based Reflection Workshop 
Friday, Feb. 22nd • 11:00AM-12:00PM • LUMA

Join curator Natasha Ritsma for a conversation about the current exhibits in the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) and how to integrate arts-based reflection and art into the classroom. Participants will learn about current exhibits and how LUMA can be utilized for learning. Lunch will be available afterwards for interested participants. Email Susan Haarman ( to RSVP.

Social Justice Pedagogy
Reading Group

Jan. 29th • Feb. 19th • Mar. 12th • Mar. 26th

As conversations around social justice intensify on the national level, the CEL invites you to explore how you can cultivate a just classroom environment through how you teach. The group meets on select Tuesdays from 11:30AM-12:30PM in Damen 216. Readings and lunch will be provided. To join, email Susan Haarman (

Active Teaching Reading Group
Feb. 13th • Feb. 27th • Mar. 20th • Apr. 17th

Join us for a reading group centered on James Lang's Small Teaching. Build a toolbox of daily classroom activities and tangible tools for teaching. The group meets on select Wednesdays from 11:00AM-12:00PM in School of Communications Room 8 on the Water Tower Campus. Books and lunch will be provided. To join, email Susan Haarman (


Write Now! Writing Workshop Series
Feb. 1st • Feb. 15th • Mar. 15th • Mar. 29th

Join us for a series of workshops designed to provide dedicated time and space for scholarship of teaching and learning, community-engaged scholarship, and publicly-engaged writing across the university. Write Now! meets Fridays from 9:00-11:00AM in Cuneo 410 and offers a supportive interdisciplinary atmosphere, guided writing sessions, and refreshments. For more information, email Susan Haarman (

On the Water Tower campus and want to join? You can find the details for the Water Tower campus writing group here!

Save the Date: Academic Internship Faculty Lunch and Learn Affinity Group
March 27th • 1:00PM - 2:30PM • IES 123/124

The affinity group is an opportunity for Academic Internship faculty to come together, share resources and best practices of teaching an Engaged Learning course alongside their students who are enrolled in an internship for academic credit. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here!

Email questions to Dr. Cynthia Stewart at

The Communities in Solidarity program funds community immersion in engaged learning courses. Apply for up to $500 each semester to help your class connect to Rogers Park and Edgewater. Take your class to a local organization, restaurant or museum or support their Engaged Learning efforts through honoraria for speakers and/or facilitated training from community partners. Apply below!

Priority will be given to participants in the Certificate in Experiential Learning Faculty Development Program

Apply Now!
Teaching and Learning Events
Share Your Events, Workshops, and Programs!

Do you have an upcoming event, workshop, program, or opportunity related to teaching and learning at Loyola? We'd love to feature them in our monthly newsletter and continue building a vibrant teaching and learning community on campus. To be included in upcoming Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter, email us at and include "Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter" in the subject. 
JAM: Jobs at Art Museums

Ever wonder what it's like to work at an art museum?

Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) is an all-day museum career awareness event at the Art Institute of Chicago. Area students and emerging job seekers, as well as college and university faculty, are invited to visit the museum where they will experience student-led gallery presentations, a panel conversation with Art Institute staff, and intimate breakout sessions with museum professionals representing a variety of departments and fields. Find out more and register here.

American Prison Writing Archive: Teaching Prisoners, Teaching Publics, and the Hands-on Work of Transcribing Prison Texts

Doran Larson is Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Literature & Creative Writing at Hamilton College. He is the founding organizer of the Attica-Genesee Teaching Project, and of the Mohawk Consortium College-in-Prison program. He is also Director and Principal Investigator of the NEH-funded The American Prison Writing Archive. Larson will be at DePaul for two events, free and open to the public. If interested in participating in the workshop, please RSVP to

Play in the Dirt Workshop: Teaching Prisoners, Teaching Public, and the Hands-on Work of Transcribing Prison Texts

  • Thursday, Feb. 7th from 11:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Richardson Library, IdeaLab 2 (JTR 207) ​2350 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Digital Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration: Prison Testimony and the Ethics of Textual Analysis (Talk)
  • Thursday, Feb. 7th from 3:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Richardson Library, IdeaLab 2 (JTR 207) ​2350 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities
Spring 2019 Workshops

Expand your research toolkit this year! Taught by talented scholars, our workshops provide hands-on training and discussion for interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. All workshops are free. CTSDH has expanded our workshops to the Water Tower campus, so look carefully at the locations listed below. If you would like to RSVP for any of the workshops, please email Kyle Roberts (

Workshop: Teaching the Unessay in the Humanities Classroom
with June Coyne and Liz Hopwood
*Postponed for later in the semester

Archiving in the Modern World: Digitizing the Mundelein Photo Collection 
with Tina Figueroa and Hannah Overstreet
(Friday, February 8th, 1:30PM - 3:00PM, CTSDH Room 318)

Fair Use
with Margaret Heller and Niamh McGuigan
(Wednesday, February 27th, 12:30PM - 2:00PM, CTSDH, Room 318)

MUDDLE with Me: Using a Digital-Periodical Framework to Facilitate Meaningful Connections
with Taylor Brown
(Friday, March 29th, 1:30PM - 3:00PM. CTSDH Room 318)

Safe Space Workshops are introductory sessions that work to assist individuals who wish to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community of Loyola University Chicago. 

Safe Space Workshops cover the following:

  • Definitions, terms, and symbols
  • LGBTQIA identity development
  • Skills to interrupt heterosexist and cissexist behaviors and attitudes
  • Resources for the LGBTQIA communities
Upcoming Training (Combined Faculty/Staff and Students): Thursday, February 28, 4:30-6:30PM. Location: IES 123/124, LSC.

Please RSVP here if you plan on attending any of the trainings. If you have any questions, please email us at
Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy Spring 2019 Workshops and Programs

Join the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy for their Spring 2019 programs and workshops. All workshops will be streamed online via Zoom. RSVP for upcoming workshops via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Jessica Mansbach at

We invite you to join us for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium which will be held on Saturday, April 13th! Each year, as part of Loyola's Weekend of Excellence, we celebrate outstanding undergraduate research and community engagement during the academic year! Find out how you can get involved below!
Encourage Your Students to Participate
The Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium features undergraduate research (as part of academic courses, LUROP fellowships, external programs, or independent study) and celebrates undergraduate scholarship in community engagement, including projects from service-learning courses, academic internship courses, and community partnerships.

Registration is now open! Please encourage your students to share their fall and/or spring semester research and community engagement scholarship as part of this year's symposium! We are also available to share this opportunity with your students. Please reply to this email or contact us at to request a class visit.

Nominate a Community Partner

Have you or your students worked with a particularly outstanding community organization that has been a true co-educator? Consider nominating them for our Community Partner Award for Coeducation! The winning organization will receive $500 to support their great work. Find out more about nominating a community partner here
Nominate a Student

Each year, we honor outstanding undergraduate student scholarship in community engagement and research. Please consider nominating students' outstanding work in undergraduate research, community engagement, and/or learning portfolios this fall for one of the awards below. 
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards
Community Engagement Awards
Learning Portfolio Reflection Awards

Become an Evaluator

The Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium invites you to serve as an evaluator for Loyola students’ research, creative activity, and community engagement projects. This celebration of students’ scholarly work is a meaningful opportunity to review and engage with our Loyola students in the context of the community-based learning work and research projects with which the students have engaged over the past year. Please consider becoming an evaluator for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium!
Student Workshops

This year, we'll be co-hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for the 2019 Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium. Upcoming workshops include writing abstracts, designing posters, developing oral presentations, and honing public speaking skills. Please share with your students!

We are also available to work directly with classes or student organizations. Please reply to this email or contact us at to request a class visit or workshop.

Assessment workshops are available throughout the year to support the work that you are doing with the assessment of student learning. You are welcome to attend as many workshops as fit your interests and your schedule. We invite you to consider completing the requirements to earn the Assessment Certificate. The ACP is coordinated in partnership with DePaul University. Please contact Shannon Howes or Betsi Burns if you have questions.

Pedagogy Resources
CEL Community Resource Site

The Center for Experiential Learning has a vibrant library of teaching and learning resources for Loyola faculty. You can access and contribute to these resources through our CEL Community Resources site available through Sakai at the link below. You'll find forms, readings, curriculum  modules, reflection resources, syllabus language, and more. Our hope is that this site will be a living resource where faculty and staff can share further research, examples, articles, assignments, and resources.

Click the button below to view and contribute to this growing collection of resources.
Teaching and Learning Resource Site
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