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Supporting Our Undocumented Students

September 5, 2017

Dear Students,

Loyola is a community committed to our students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or immigration status—a central tenet of our Jesuit, Catholic mission. Today we were disappointed to learn that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been rescinded. We are writing to first echo Dr. Rooney’s message of support. The University will continue to advocate for our undocumented students and will go to lengths to ensure they still have access to a Loyola education.

In extending this support, we are supplying you with information, resources, and guidelines that are available to the entire Loyola community.

Next Steps for Undocumented Students
DACA will be rescinded in a phased approach. As of September 5, 2017, no new applications for status will be accepted. Current DACA recipients will retain their protected status until their permit expires and may be eligible for renewal:

  • DACA recipients whose permits expire before March 5, 2018, will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by October 5, 2017. We encourage students in this group to apply immediately.
  • Recipients whose permits expire after March 5, 2018, will not be able to apply for a two-year renewal. We encourage students in this group to carefully review the information under Campus Contacts on the Undocumented Student Resources page and to reach out to the appropriate person with any questions or concerns.

For more details and resources, please visit the Undocumented Student Resources page.

Campus Contacts
Faculty and staff are available on each of our campuses for undocumented student-related information and issues. If you have any concerns, reach out to them by phone or e-mail with your questions. The key contacts are:

Since 2012, Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings have been offered at Loyola. View a list of Loyola Committed Allies who have completed the training and identified themselves as allies to undocumented students. The listed students and faculty and staff members are situated across the University and prepared to provide support, resources, and referrals.

Privacy and Safety
The privacy and safety of our students are of utmost importance to us. The Illinois TRUST Act protects undocumented Illinois residents by preventing any Illinois law enforcement agencies or officials from detaining an individual based solely on an “immigration hold.” Under this act, local police also cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status. Loyola also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of student education records.

Loyola’s Campus Safety is committed to protecting every person in our University community. The department is working closely with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Chicago Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies to protect all our students to the fullest extent of the law.

Know Your Rights
On Tuesday, September 12, Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children and the National Immigration Justice Center are hosting a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Immigration attorneys will be present to answer questions about constitutional rights, legal services, and forms of immigration relief. Students can also find information regarding subpoenas and warrants on the Undocumented Student Resources page.

Civic Engagement
We encourage our students—and the entire Loyola community—to advocate for new legislation that will uphold the current protections of DACA. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to act in the next six months to preserve the program's protections.

We will keep you apprised of legislative action and any additional resources as the semester continues. Please know that upholding the dignity and safety of our students will always remain our top priority.

Sincerely,

 

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

 

Margaret Faut Callahan,
CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Opportunities for Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse

March 16, 2017

Dear Loyola Community,

At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Rooney called on our community to increase our civic engagement and to model civil discourse, which is particularly important in light of our current political climate. To support this effort, a new Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse website has been launched. The site includes a number of tools, including on-campus and government resources, a calendar of events, feature stories and articles, as well as published opinion pieces penned by Loyolans covering a number of topics. We hope you find these resources helpful and they prompt you to become more active in subjects that are important to you at the local, national, and global levels.

In addition to offering access to resources, we invite you to a series of special discussions on topics of current interest including citizen rights, social activism, and immigration. The events will be held at the Lake Shore Campus in March and April. Please see below for details and visit the website for more information on each event.

The Role of Free Speech and Free Press in a Democratic Society (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, March 21, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den

Social Movements in the U.S.: Lessons Learned (Panel Discussion)
Thursday, April 6, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den

Shifting Sands: The History of Mexican Immigration into the U.S. (Teach-in)
Wednesday, April 19, 6–7 p.m.
Cuneo Hall, Room 311

These opportunities for discussion further support our commitment to address societal problems and advance knowledge and transformation. We hope you find value in the new website and will join us for these important discussions as we work to make a positive impact in our community and world.

Sincerely,

 

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

 

Margaret Faut Callahan,
CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Assistant Provost for Academic Services

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D., as Assistant Provost for Academic Student Services. Dr. Cooper-Gibson joins us from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago where she is currently Dean of Students. Dr. Cooper-Gibson returns to Loyola University Chicago where she had worked for eight years, most recently as the Assistant Dean of the School of Communication.

Dr. Cooper-Gibson’s commitment to student success as well as her experience with Loyola University Chicago, make her a uniquely qualified candidate to lead the division of student academic services. She holds a doctoral degree of education from Boston University and a masters of education from National-Louis University. 

In her new role as Assistant Provost, Dr. Cooper-Gibson will oversee academic support services located in the Sullivan Center which include First and Second Year Advising, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Tutoring and other support services for specific groups of undergraduates. She will also serve as Co-Chair of the Council for Student Success with the Vice President of Student Development and assist the university in reaching its retention and student success goals as outlined in Plan 2020. 

Please help us welcome Dr. Cooper-Gibson as she joins the Division of Academic Affairs on March 13th.

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Innovating for our Academic Future

February 27, 2017

Dear Faculty,

During academic year 2015-16, each dean and school was involved in the development of new academic plans to enhance the student learning environment, anticipate market trends and evolving educational needs, and increase revenue through enrollment growth. To support this effort and Institutional Priority I of “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” which is to leverage University resources to ensure student access and success, last fall we announced the new Academic Innovation Team and work is now underway.

We have already made headway with some outstanding new programs, including the successful launch of Loyola’s Weekend JD program, Quinlan's recently approved master's degree in business data analytics, and several other programs under development both lakeside and at the Health Sciences Campus.

To facilitate the implementation of these and future academic programs, the Academic Innovation Team will coordinate research efforts, resource allocation needs and options, and budgetary implications of launching new initiatives. The team will convene as needed to respond to requests from academic leaders, with the scope of the analytical work potentially including:

  • Curricular development and alignment with current programs
  • Strategic contribution of new programs to advancing Plan 2020 and academic diversity
  • Market analysis and enrollment projections
  • Tuition pricing analysis
  • Resource requirements and options (faculty, staff, facilities, training and development, marketing)
  • Budgetary implications (reprogramming/reallocation vs. new revenue and expense streams; start-up costs)
  • Career and gainful employment outcomes (certificates, degrees)
  • Assessment planning
  • Development of realistic timetables for each phase of a project, including lead time, roll out, and subsequent evaluations of outcomes
  • Review of requests for academic innovation start-up funds

The team is working on behalf of academic leaders prior to or on a parallel track with the academic program approval process (e.g. Board of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies Coordinating Board). It will assist in preparing materials requested by the Office of the Provost or the Budget Review Team to support resource allocation decisions for new programs.

As Dr. Rooney noted in her e-mail last week, we must continue to invest smartly in our future and that includes diversification and enhancement of our revenues through innovative academic programming.

Additionally, Dr. Rooney is launching a Student Innovation Fund. Details on criteria, processes, and funding are being finalized, and we will share updates on this related initiative soon.

The Academic Innovation Team will be led by Joan Phillips, PhD, special assistant to the provost for academic innovation, professor of marketing, and associate dean in the Quinlan School of Business. She can be reached at jphillips@luc.edu or 312.915.7815. The full list of members, along with goals, processes, and funding details, can be found here.

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and
Chief Academic Officer

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Executive Order Suspending Entry into the U.S. of Individuals from Seven Countries

February 2, 2017

Dear Loyola Community,

Earlier this week, Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, issued a community message representing the University’s commitment to welcome all individuals, regardless of faith tradition, national origin, or immigration status, as a response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order issued on Friday, January 27. This Executive Order suspends entry into the United States for immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for the next 90 days.

Although the language of the Executive Order is not completely clear, “immigrant and nonimmigrant” is being generally interpreted to include those with valid, temporary visas (e.g. B-1, H-1B, L-1, and F-1). The situation for permanent residents, dual citizens, and others who may have traveled to these seven countries carries even greater uncertainty.

The Office for International Programs is advising immigrant and nonimmigrant students, faculty, and staff from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to refrain from traveling outside the United States during this 90-day period. Even after this 90-day period is complete, we are not certain how the visa or port of entry requirements will change.

In addition, please be aware that general delays in visa processing may become a reality in the immediate future. Looking ahead, visa issuance and entry into the United States may become more difficult, depending on the studies and reports directed in the Executive Order.

Our primary concern is for the safety and security of the Loyola University Chicago community. The Office for International Programs has communicated with all current international students and scholars. We have also been in contact with each student and scholar from the identified countries who are here and are directly or indirectly affected by the Executive Order.

To the extent that it is possible, if a current Loyola student, faculty, or staff member is barred from returning to the United States but able to go to Italy, the academic community at the John Felice Rome Center is prepared to welcome directly impacted Loyolans and provide them with short-term housing, online access to University services, and general assistance.

As this situation is dynamic, faculty and staff, please do not offer students direct advice or guidance about travel and immigration issues beyond this travel advisory. The Office for International Programs will continue to communicate with those directly impacted.

The following campus resources are available to provide additional support.

Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses

Health Sciences Campus

If you have a specific issue or question related to the Executive Order, please consult the Office for International Programs at 773.508.3899 or iss@luc.edu. We will share updated information as it is available. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and
Chief Academic Officer

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division

Patrick M. Boyle, PhD
Vice Provost and Interim Director, John Felice Rome Center

Office of Institutional Effectiveness - Director Announced

Dear Colleagues:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that David Slavsky, Ph.D., currently Chair, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, has been named Assistant Provost and Director of the newly formed Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  Dr. Slavsky will assume his new responsibilities on a part-time basis effective February 1, 2017 and full-time effective May 1, 2017.  As Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Slavsky will oversee an office responsible for institutional research, learning outcomes assessment, internal and external reporting, data analytics, and academic quality and program review.

Dr. Slavsky has held many significant academic leadership positions during his time at Loyola.  In addition to currently serving as Chair of the Physics Department, he is also Director of Core Curriculum, a position he has held since 2012.  Dr. Slavsky has also served as the Director of the Center for Science and Math Education, Associate Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He has also served as a member of the planning teams for the Engineering Science program and Arrupe College.  In each of these positions Dr. Slavsky has demonstrated strong and successful leadership. He has received distinguished teaching awards and has been voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the year by Loyola’s honor students.

Dr. Slavsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in astronomy and astrophysics and his M.S. from Harvard University.  Prior to his arrival at Loyola, he held several positions including Assistant Instructor, Department of Astronomy, University of Texas; Director, Campus Observatory at the University of Texas; and Editor and staff writer for the McDonald Observatory News. 

Please join me in congratulating David on his new appointment and welcoming him to the Academic Affairs leadership team. 

Sincerely,

David P. Prasse, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Resources

Academic Innovation Team

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to send you this information on our new Academic Innovation Team that will be led by Joan Phillips, Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean in the Quinlan School of Business. Joan is serving as a special assistant to the provost for academic innovation and is ready to assist with advancing your new program initiatives. Please contact Joan directly at: jphillips@luc.edu or 312-915-7815. 

ACADEMIC INNOVATION TEAM
OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

To facilitate the implementation of new academic programs, the leaders of schools and institutes have requested assistance in the development of entrepreneurial initiatives that would expand program offerings and create new enrollment streams. The creation of an Academic Innovation Team will coordinate the research (market and enrollments), resource allocation needs and options, and budgetary implications of launching new initiatives.  The team will be drawn from existing university assets and services which--while working as a team --can advance and launch new program initiatives with the necessary support to be successful.

The Academic Innovation Team will be convened, as needed, to respond to requests from academic leaders for assistance with research, analytics, and resource requirements for new programs.  The scope of analytical work of the team may include:

  • Curricular development and alignment with current programs
  • Strategic contribution of new programs to advancing Plan 2020 and academic diversity
  • Market analysis and enrollment projections
  • Tuition pricing analysis
  • Resource requirements and options (faculty, staff, facility, training and development, marketing)
  • Budgetary implications (reprogramming/reallocation vs. new revenue and expense streams; startup costs)
  • Career and gainful employment outcomes (i.e. certificates, degrees)
  • Assessment planning
  • Development of realistic timetables for each phase of a project, including lead time, roll out, and subsequent evaluations of outcomes
  • Review of requests for academic innovation startup funds

The team will include the following positions/offices:

Academic Innovation Team

Chair: Joan Phillips, Professor of Marketing, Special Assistant to Provost

Associate Provost for Curriculum Development

Assistant Provost for Academic Business Operations

Assistant Provost for Academic Diversity

Director of Enrollment Systems, Research, Reporting

Enrollment Marketing (Staff)

Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Staff)

Additional faculty or staff resources, as needed, for data analytics, marketing, advertising, higher education, etc.

Administrative Support Staff liaison (Kara Doszkewycz, Office of the Provost)

The team will do its work on behalf of academic leaders prior to or on a parallel track with the academic program approval process (e.g. BUS, GSCB), and assist in the preparation of materials that may be needed by the Office of the Provost or the Budget Review Team to make resource allocation decisions for new programs. 

Statement on Faculty Recruitment and Development

Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane and Sustainable World includes a prominent institutional priority to “Advance our Social Justice Mission through Faculty Development.” All academic leaders, including those trusted with the process of new faculty recruitment for their programs and schools, are responsible for enhancing our recruitment efforts to seek individuals to join our faculty who are committed to our mission and to transformative education and justice.

What do we mean by “hiring for mission”?

When we recruit and hire a new faculty member with the expertise and competence to contribute to teaching and learning in our academic programs, we are hiring for mission.

When we seek the best teacher and researcher to advance intellectual inquiry and advance knowledge in the disciplines and professions, we are hiring for mission.

When we pursue individuals to join our faculty who are interested in questions related to faith, reason and social justice, we are hiring for mission.

When we conduct an actively inclusive recruitment process that enhances the diversity of our faculty and our university, we are hiring for mission.

When we recruit individuals who will promote a transformative education and embrace their roles in the academic and personal development of our students, we are hiring for mission.

And, when we support all faculty, especially new faculty members, in their professional development as scholars and teachers, we are advancing Loyola’s mission.

In the recruitment processes for new faculty, hiring for mission should be at the forefront of our efforts, including the following expectations:

  • Position advertisements will contain language about the importance of mission and diversity, as well as the required expertise and competence in content specialization.
  • Search committees will be formed with attention to mission and inclusion of diverse members.
  • Search committees will seek to achieve quality candidate pools that reflect diversity, particularly of gender, race, and ethnicity.
  • On-campus interview schedules will include opportunities for candidates to interact with diverse faculty and students, and offices that support our mission and diversity.
  • Final candidates will receive information on our approach to Transformative Education, Plan 2020, and faculty development and support programs for teaching and research.
  • The assessment of candidate finalists will include their potential contributions to the intellectual and learning environment, as well as to mission, leadership, and diversity.

OpEd Project: Application Deadline Extended

Dear colleagues,

As you may recall, we contacted you a few weeks ago to inform you of the "OpEd Project," a new initiative this year at Loyola funded by the 2020 Strategic Plan. We have extended the deadline for submissions for this first cohort to December 2, 2016 at 5 pm.  Please read below for more information and strongly consider submitting and making your voice heard.

Sponsored by Loyola's Strategic Plan 2020 and supported by the Provost's Office and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, Loyola University faculty and directors will have the opportunity to be a part of a national initiative launched in collaboration with leading universities and foundations to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation’s brilliant but underrepresented thinkers.  Over the course of three months, the program provides extraordinary resources, access, and support, including cutting edge game-based and research-driven programming, as well as access to a prestigious network of participants at peer institutions nationwide.   The main goal is to send new ideas out into the world—not only to celebrate the participating thought leaders, but also to impact society by imparting innovative ideas and education.

This opportunity is open to all full-time faculty and center/program Directors. Applications are accepted through email only; printed applications or letters will not be accepted. Please email your application to facultycenter@luc.edu by Friday, 12/2 by 5 pm Central time. 

Questions?  See http://luc.edu/fcip/opedproject/ for FAQ, a link to the application, critical dates for participation, and general information, or email the facultycenter@luc.edu with any other inquiries.  

Julia Pryce, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy
Loyola University Chicago