Susan Haarman, M.Div, MEd, LPC

Title/s:  Associate Director
Service-Learning Program Manager

Specialty Area: Service-Learning, Faculty Development, Ignatian Pedagogy

Office #:  Sullivan Center 294

Phone: 773.508.7080



Susan Haarman hails from Louisville, KY, but has lived in Milwaukee, Texas, Berkeley, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the fine city of Chicago. She serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago, where she runs their service-learning program and faculty development programs. She was first exposed to Jesuit education as an undergraduate at Marquette University and has been connected to an Ignatian apostolate or Jesuit school as an employee or a student since 2000. Susan holds a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a Masters in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. She has been working in higher education for almost 15 years and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Susan specializes in Ignatian Pedagogy's connection to personal growth and transformation, especially within the realm of community-based learning, civic engagement, and service immersions. Previous to joining the CEL team, she served as the Faith and Justice Campus Minister, primarily in charge of the Alternative Break Immersion program. In her time in this position, she more than tripled the program. Susan is passionate about Jesuit education, community-based learning, and asking the big questions of how a university seeks to transform the social reality it also participates in.


BA in Journalism and Theology, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

MDiv at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

MEd in Community Counseling at Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Professional & Community Affiliations

IARSLCE - International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

AJCU Service-Learning Professionals

Courses Taught

EXPL 290: Seminar in Community-based Service and Leadership: Refugee Issues


EXPL 291: Seminar in Community-based Research

Selected Publications

Ignatian Pedagogy,  Immersions, & Service

Haarman, Susan. “Public work for Public Problems.” Philosophical Studies In Education. 51 (2020) 117-129.


Presenter: Asset-Based Community Development and Dialoguing Across Difference: Annual Conference, International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. New Orleans, July 2018.


Presenter: Ignatian Pedagogy and Service Immersion: A Reorienting: Ignatian Solidarity Network, July 2018, Boston College, November 2018.

Haarman, Susan; Orbik, Kelly, & Peak, Jeff.
Toward a More Integrated Post-Immersion Practice: Methods, Strategies, and Challenges for Alternative Break Immersion Follow Up. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Commitment to Justice Conference. Seattle University, August 2017.


Presenter: Earning Enlightenment on Someone Else’s Back: Examining Pilgrimage through the Lens of Whiteness. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Commitment to Justice Conference. Seattle University, August 2017.


Presenter: Exploring the Gaps in Co-Educational Experiences in Community-Engaged Learning: A Theory Building Approach for Community-Engaged Pedagogies. Annual Conference, International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. National University of Ireland Galway, September 2017.


Presenter & Author. Problematizing Pilgrimage: Examining the (Over) Use of“Pilgrimage” in Service and Justice Work on College Campuses. Biennial Conference of the Association for Practical Theology. April 2016.


Presenter: “Rooting Our Work: Ignatian Spirituality and Pedagogy in Service.

Ignatian Service Directors Conference. San Antonio, March 2016.


Presenter: Engaging Power & Privilege through Partnership and Ignatian Pedagogy. Focus on Teaching and Learning Conference, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Il, August 2015.


Presenter: First Principle and Foundation of Immersions: Engaging the Shadow Side of Service Trips using the Spiritual Exercises. Ignatian Family Teach In For Justice, Washington, D.C. Nov 2014, Nov 2015


Presenter: Privilege, Power and Personhood in Your JV Year. Jesuit Volunteer Corp RE-Orientation Event. Milwaukee, Wi, Jan 2015


Haarman, Susan;  Downer, Jason, & Schwer, Lauren. The First Principle: How the Spiritual Exercises Serve as the Foundation of an Ignatian Approach to Student Affairs. JASPA 5 Year Summer Institute


Presenter: Intersectionality, Ignatius, and Students: Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Pedagogy as tools for working with students with Intersecting Identities. Conference on Diversity and Equity, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Chicago, Il, June 2014


Presenter: When the Finite Meets the Infinite, TEDxLUC, March 2013.




Presenter: Failure is an Option: Endurance, Limits, and Vulnerability in Leadership. University of Notre Dame Sophomore Leadership Series. South Bend, In, Feb 2014.