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Welcome to the Center for Experiential Learning's Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter! There are lots of opportunities to deepen and develop your teaching practice, explore new approaches, and to participate and contribute to Loyola's vibrant teaching and learning community left this fall. 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 November edition, you'll find: 

Upcoming Events
CEL Workshops, Programs, and Events
Teaching and Learning On Campus
Save the Date
Teaching and Learning Resources

Have an event, opportunity, or resource you would like to share? Email us at to be included in the next edition. 
Upcoming Events

Social Justice Pedagogy Reading Group
Tuesday, Nov. 6th • 12:00 - 1:00 PM • IC Quiet Reading Room 317

As conversations around social justice intensify on the national level, the CEL invites you to take some time to think about how you can cultivate a just classroom environment through how you teach, as well as what you teach. We’ll be reading and discussing bell hook’s triumvirate: Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, and Teaching Critical Thinking. Books and lunch will be provided so we can feed our teaching practice alongside our stomachs. To join or find out more, email Susan Haarman at

Active Learning Reading Group
Wednesday, Nov. 7th • 12:00 - 1:00 PM • Damen 216

The Center for Experiential Learning invites you to spend the semester exploring active learning strategies in the classroom. 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. Books and lunch will be provided. To join the reading group or find out more, email Susan Haarman at

Chicago Colloquium
on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) brings together researchers, scholars, librarians, and technologists in the humanities and computer science from across the country and around the world to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. The thirteenth meeting of the DHCS will be held at the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago on November 9-11, 2018. Register here.

Examen: Engaged Learning Faculty Focus Group

The CEL is helping with the Mission Integration office’s institution wide Examen. The Examen is a detailed look and reflection upon how the university lives its Jesuit mission. It lets us reflect on where we’ve been, think about where we’d like to go, and most importantly, tell our story.

Part of this process is conducting focus groups to hear from students, staff, and faculty about their experiences around how LUC does and doesn’t engage the mission in various ways. The CEL is hosting a focus group for faculty who are teaching and have taught Engaged Learning courses on November 13th from 2:30pm-4pm in Sullivan 290 as a part of the Examen. We’d love to have your voice and input. We hope that you will join us.

You can RSVP here.

CEL Workshops, Programs, and Opportunities

Write Now! Writing Workshop Series
Thursday, Oct. 4th • 2:00 - 4:30 PM • Mundelein Greenhouse (Rm 719)

Join the Center for Experiential Learning for a series of writing workshops designed to provide dedicated time and space to foster scholarship of teaching and learning, community-engaged scholarship, and publicly-engaged writing across the disciplines and across the university. Each workshop offers a supportive interdisciplinary atmosphere, guided writing sessions, and refreshments. For more information, email Susan Haarman 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 On Campus
Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities
Fall 2018 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 and take place on Friday afternoons. This fall we are expanding 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 (

Turn Around – Experiencing a Story in 360 Virtual Reality, with Jamason Chen WTC
(Nov 16, 1:30PM, SOC)

What is a Server and How do I set one up? with Tyler Monaghan
(Nov 30, 2:30PM, CTSDH)
Save the Date
On Thursday, January 24th, the CEL will host the annual Non-Profit Opportunities Fair in the Damen Den. Dozens of organizations will be on hand to recruit service-learners, interns, volunteers, and employees. This is a great opportunity for your students to get connected, to find Engaged Learning placements, as well as for you to get to know local organizations! Stay tuned for more information, including details of a faculty/community workshop in conjunction with the fair.

Focus on Teaching and Learning  

Loyola’s Focus on Teaching and Learning (FOTL) is the semi-annual educational development program to build capacity and enhance teaching and learning strategies for Loyola’s faculty and staff educators.    

We are exploring these questions related your work and Loyola’s mission. How do you and your faculty and staff colleagues bring to life Loyola’s mission through your support of our students’ learning?  How does Loyola’s mission influence your strategies for how you teach, design courses, and/or develop student learning and formation?

Call For Proposals 

Join us at Focus on Teaching and Learning on January 9, 2019 to share your ideas about what you are doing, how it is working, and what you would like to explore further.  Please submit your idea for a session by submitting the proposal form

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Mansbach (, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning Development at the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy.

Teaching and Learning 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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