The Center for Engaged, Learning, Teaching & Scholarship provides a number of professional development programs for faculty and staff.

Engaged Teaching and Learning Newsletter

This monthly newsletter shares the latest news, events, and programming related to engaged teaching and learning in the Center for Engaged, Learning, Teaching & Scholarship and across Loyola University Chicago. You can sign up for the newsletter.

Fall 2021 Faculty Development Programming

Fall 2021 Faculty Development Schedule

Certificate in Experiential Learning

The CELTS offers a faculty certificate program for Loyola’s faculty to build strategies in teaching experiential learning courses. Faculty will be encouraged to engage in 6 workshops and as a culminating project, faculty will share a course syllabus including the experiential learning course elements. Upon completion of the series, faculty participants will:

  • earn a faculty development certificate in experiential learning,
  • be named a Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Scholar

To get more information or to sign up use this form or email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu

  • Thursday, September 16th, 10am - 11:30am
  • Thursday, September 30th, 10am - 11:30am
  • Thursday, October 14th, 10am - 11:30am
  • Thursday, November 4th, 10am - 11:30am

Specs Grading for Community-based Learning

Research has shown that Specification Grading is an innovative assessment best practice for experiential learning classes. It’s both practical and tested approach to grading that can demonstrably raise academic standards, motivate students, tie their achievement of learning outcomes to their course grades, save faculty time and stress, and provide the reliable gauge of student learning that the public and employers are looking for. Join the discussion with other faculty about innovative approaches to grading that retain rigor, connect to learning outcomes, address issues of implicit bias, and motivate students to learn and excel.  The group will discuss Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time by Linda Nilson.

You can learn more about Specification Grading here. For more information or to sign up use this form for the group email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu


  • Tuesday, September 28th - 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Tuesday, October 12th - 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Tuesday, November 2nd - 10:30am - 11:30am

Activist Academic Reading Group

This is group will read and discuss The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope and Social Change by Colette Cann and Eric DeMeulenaere. This volume invites academics across disciplines to enter into a dialogue about how to take knowledge to the streets. CELTS staff will lead a reading and discussion group to see how this book sparks us to deeper commitments and action. Sign up here or email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu  10:30am - 12pm Weds - 9/22, 10/20, 11/10

  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 10:30am - 12pm
  • Wednesday, October 20th, 10:30am - 12pm
  • Wednesday, November 10th, 10:30am - 12pm

STEM Faculty Learning Community

Faculty Learning Communities are monthly meetings of faculty from STEM disciplines where faculty can discuss the pedagogy best practices and challenges unique to their field, trending issues, and build collegiality. We'll be reading  The Chicago Guide to College Science Teaching by Terry McGlynn. All meetings in Fall will be held over zoom. For more information email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu or sign up for more information here

  • Wednesday, September 15th, 12pm
  • Wednesday, October 13th, 12pm
  • Wednesday, November 3rd, 12pm

Learning Communities and Linked Courses

This is a discussion group for instructors and prospective instructors of learning communities and paired courses. Come learn about best practices and/or share your own! Contact Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu for more information

  • Wednesday, September 29th, 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, October 27th, 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Wednesday, November 17th, 10:30am - 11:30am

Best Practices in Learning Portfolios for Critical Reflection

The transition from our former platform to Digication has opened the conversation surrounding where portfolios were and where they can go. Join the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship and the Learning Portfolio Program Manager for examples and uses of the portfolio platform, reflective tools for students, and engaging in digital high impact practices. For more information, email Brody Tate at btate@luc.edu

Workshops will be offered on Zoom on the following dates:

  • 9/14 - 1pm - 2pm
  • 10/13 - 1pm - 2pm
  • 11/16 - 1pm - 2pm

Engaged Learning Community of Practice

Join instructors teaching Engaged Learning courses from around the University to discuss elements of teaching an Engaged Learning course, including different approaches to the different Engaged Learning categories, creating engaged teaching and learning spaces, working with community partners, and developing robust techniques for teaching Engaged Learning courses. The focus on various strategies and best practices will be led by the priorities of participants, as the community of practice will develop the topics and focus of the meetings. Readings and resources will be provided throughout the community of practice meetings. Sign up here.

Fall Dates

9/16 - 12pm-1pm

10/21 - 12pm-1pm

11/11 - 12pm-1pm

Community-Based Research Best Practices (with CURL)

  • Thursday, May 27  |  2-3 p.m.

One of the cornerstones of research at Loyola is working with our partners in Rogers Park, Edgewater and throughout Chicago. This workshop will focus on some of the best ways to get started in Community-Based and Community Engaged Research. Along with our colleagues in CURL, we will also discuss some best practices of doing community research and making the experience rewarding for the community members and students. Sign up here.

Best Practices in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

  • 9/14  |  2-3 p.m.

Undergraduate research is a proven high impact practice for student learning and retention. In particular, the role of the mentor in an undergraduate research experience is pivotal for the student and what they gain from the endeavor. This workshop will focus on the best practices for mentoring undergraduates in a research experience. Whether you are new to mentoring undergraduates or are a seasoned vet, this workshop will provide insightful and useful methods that will enrich your mentoring practice, for you and your students. Sign up here.