Loyola Partners for Faculty
Loyola Faculty have a wide range of opportunities for developing innovative service-learning courses. Indeed Loyola's urban setting puts it in close geographical proximity with a number of dynamic service- oriented community organizations that are attempting to address serious needs of the culturally and racially diverse communities of Chicago. Many of our Partners and other innovative community organizations are easily accessible by public transit and Loyola University, after all, is the only Chicago university to have an L stop named after us. While some service learning courses require of students an intensive and sustained field work component or internship with a community group other courses employ a more modest service-learning requirement as a supplement to a more classically modeled classroom-based course.
Faculty interested in developing a new service-learning course or in adding a service-learning component to an existing course can benefit by consulting with the administrators of Loyola's Magis Program and Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). The Magis administrators have great experience of the range of successful service-learning courses offered at Loyola and can put faculty in touch with other faculty who are already running such courses. Likewise the directors of CURL are extremely knowledge about the wide range of vital community groups doing extraordinary work throughout Chicago.s diverse communities.
Loyola Partners is happy to consult with interested faculty and provide information about the programming and volunteer needs of both our partnering community organizations as well as other community organizations in Chicago. We would be happy to try to help faculty identify the partners or other organizations whose programs and volunteer needs offer the best potential for generating the sort of service-learning experiences that the faculty member hopes to provide for their students.