Dennis Nirtaut’s passion for teaching led him to Loyola
Executive Lecturer Dennis Nirtaut joined Loyola after a long corporate career, including serving as a vice president in human resources. He had always been interesting in teaching—including teaching part time—and when he heard about a full-time position at Quinlan, Nirtaut decided to commit.
Nine years later, he retired from Quinlan. Below, he reflects on teaching at Quinlan.
“Nearly 10 years ago, I was in a corporate position in human resources as a vice president. I was a career HR professional who had an interest in teaching, and I had been teaching part time. I got a call from Loyola informing me that they had a full-time teaching position open. I interviewed for the position and it was soon offered to me. I accepted the offer and never looked back.
“I very much enjoyed the academic environment: It will be an experience I will not forget.
“A consistent piece of feedback I have gotten from students was my passion for what I taught. I do hope my passion positively influenced students. And I certainly enjoyed interacting with faculty along the way.
“The irony of me leaving at this time it that I never had an interest in teaching online. So here we are in the last half of my last semester at Loyola and I am teaching online. I proved to myself that I can do it…but happy I will not have to do this again. Give me the classroom!
“My only regret is that I won’t be able to say goodbye face to face to the students and faculty members. A special thank you to Professor Dow Scott who supported me along the way. It has been a great nine years.”