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 2022 Faculty Development Programming

Join us over the summer for our Faculty Certificate in Experiential Learning!

CELTS Fall Faculty Development 2022

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:

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

All sessions will be offered on Zoom

  • Integrated Course Design - Wednesday, 9/14 - 11:30am - 1pm
  • Theories of Experiential Learning - Wednesday, 9/21 - 11:30am - 1pm
  • Designing Reflection Assignment and Practices - Wednesday, 10/5 - 11:30am - 1pm
  • Working with Community Partner - Wednesday, 10/19 - 11:30am - 1pm
  • Assessing Experiential Learning Assignments and Reflections - Wednesday, 11/2 - 11:30am - 1pm

Zoom Link

Specifications 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.

For more information or to sign up use this form for the group email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu

  • Tuesday, September 20th - 10:00am - 11am
  • Tuesday, October 4th - 10:00am - 11am
  • Tuesday, October 18th - 10:00am - 11am

Zoom link for sessions

Engaged Online Teaching: Best Practices

Join staff from the Office for Online Learning and CELTS as we discuss best practices for creating an engaged learning environment both on and off screen. We'll be using Linda Nilson's new book Online Teaching at Its Best. Faculty teaching engaged learning courses are especially encouraged to join us, but all instructors are welcome. 

  • Thursday, September 29th, 10am -  11am
  • Thursday, October 13th, 10am -  11am
  • Thursday, November 17th, 10am -  11am

Zoom Link for all sessions

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. All meetings in Fall will be held in person in Sullivan 201 and include lunch. For more information email Susan Haarman at shaarman@luc.edu or sign up for more information here

  • Wednesday, September 28th, 12pm-1pm
  • Wednesday, October 12th, 12pm-1pm
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 12pm-1pm


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

9/22 - 12pm – 1pm

10/20 - 12pm - 1pm

11/18 - 12pm - 1pm

The Fall 2022 meeting of the Academic Internship affinity group will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, September 20, 12:00-1:30.

This is an opportunity for Loyolans who teach or otherwise support Academic Internships and Academic Internship courses to get together, discuss issues, and share best practices.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link, as well as to indicate any topics you'd like the group to discuss.