Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

2: Advance our Social Justice Mission through Faculty Development

‌Institutional priority 2

Advance Our Social Justice Mission through Faculty Development

Prioritize rigorous dialogue on the deep interconnections among faith, reason, and justice

Loyola is committed to being a leading voice in conversations about the interrelationship among faith, reason, and social justice. To advance this objective necessitates that we recruit and develop faculty who share this commitment. In addition to having a faculty whose professional development and scholarship will lead to significant contributions to their discipline, these faculty members must also inspire our students to learn through an engaged pedagogy that explores faith and reason while also promoting justice. This strategic priority embraces all faith traditions as partners in conversation, investigation, service, and community. It recognizes that all reality is complex and requires ways of knowing beyond the empirical. More importantly, this commitment will help ensure that our individual and institutional choices for research, teaching, and learning—and for service that advances justice—will support our students' ever-discerning pathway toward a meaningful life. We hope to develop faculty with a desire to form men and women of conscience and understanding to see God in all things.

Key Administrators

  • Provost
  • Provost, Health Sciences

Responsible Staff

  • Vice provost, Faculty and Academic Resources
  • Vice provost, Academic Centers and Global Initiatives
  • Vice president, University Marketing and Communication
  • Deans and directors
  • Director, Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy
  • Director, Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Advisory Bodies

  • Board of Trustees
  • Council of Deans
  • Council on Faculty Development

Estimated Net Investment over 5 years $1.25 million

Priority 2 - Strategy 3

Recruit, retain, develop, and engage faculty members who are committed to social justice

Tactic 3.a: Academic deans and directors will enhance faculty recruitment processes to hire more faculty who are committed to our mission and to transformative education and justice. (starting fall 2016)

Tactic 3.b: The Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy and the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will design and implement an ongoing professional development program for faculty that promotes an understanding of faith, reason, and social justice through teaching and research. (by fall 2016)

Tactic 3.c: Each school, institute, and center will develop programs and invite speakers tailored to the profession or discipline who can further engage with social justice issues.

Major Initiative

Faculty development for advancing the Jesuit humanistic tradition

Loyola, as a Jesuit, Catholic university, is committed to preserving, transmitting, and creating knowledge. Our commitment to social justice is based on our faith, our humanistic tradition, and our responsibility to foster interreligious dialogue and collaboration. Leveraging the resources of our Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, and transdisciplinary academic expertise, Loyola will embark on a faculty development program with appropriate rewards that will encourage study and application of the Jesuit humanistic tradition— and its relevance—for the intellectual life and education of future generations of justice-oriented leaders. This initiative will begin with the faculty recruitment process and continue through various stages of faculty members' development and their roles as teachers and scholars.

Estimated Investment over 5 years:

  • $1 million