About Moral Leadership
Welcome to Loyola. Welcome to the 2008 Shared Text Project. As a writing instructor new to Loyola, you no doubt have many questions about how we teach writing at Loyola. You may also have experienced, as many of us have, that teaching writing on a part time basis at a large university can be a very isolating experience. The Shared Text project should answer at least some of your questions and mitigate some of the isolation. The project is a collaborative endeavor in which full time and part time writing instructors choose a focus or theme for the semester; select texts that both pertain to the theme and provide examples of good writing; share their ideas and assignments; plan programs for students (a symposium and a film fest); and edit and publish student essays selected by their class mates.
Important goals for our students are the following: to develop their college reading skills by providing challenging multidisciplinary reading; to use that reading to generate thoughtful discussion and meaningful essays; to learn ethical and effective techniques of research and argument; and to engage them early with the academic community.
Our “bubble up” approach taps into instructors’ experience and creativity and provides both new and seasoned teachers opportunities to learn from and share with our colleagues. For instructors new to Loyola, the project provides ways to establish connections with other instructors: a development meeting before the start of classes; ongoing communication and sharing via e-mail; a potluck dinner later in the semester; and at the end of the school year an opportunity to participate in planning for the coming year. Over the years, I know that we on the committee have benefited greatly by seeing how others develop assignments, teach a particular topic, or use various types of media.
The focus for Fall, 2008, is moral leadership, a particularly relevant topic during a presidential campaign. Sharon Walsh was on the committee to choose the common text for incoming students: Robert Coles, Lives of Moral Leadership. The Shared Text committee as a whole decided to use the book in our classes and to develop a casebook of related readings. Desk copies are now available from Sharon Walsh. Please place your order at once for the custom reader, Mercury Reader: Moral Leadership (ISBN: 0536780137), at the Loyola bookstore.
Important dates for the 2008 project are:
August 19 Shared Text Instructors Development Meeting: Crown Center 434. 9:30-2:00 or 2:30.
Tentative program: Revision Strategies; Working with ESL students in 110;
Using Rhetorical Classics to Teach Argument; Reading Film; Sharing Essay Assignments; Choosing Selections for the Filmfest (Amy Keller will be sending out a large list. Please send your selections to her.)
Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 (at class times; keynote address at
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; location TBA.
(speakers on Henry V (Verna Foster); Lincoln; Chicago Youth Programs;
Invisible Conflicts (student organization); Mayor Daley on greening the cities? (Does anyone have a contact there?) Presidential candidates or, more likely, local campaign spokespersons? (Does anyone have contacts?) Father Hartnett (probable
October 13-October 16 Film Fest (4:00; 6:30 daily; DH 144)
October 24 Deadline for instructors who have given assignments connected with
the Cole book or the symposium to submit student essays selected for the publication to the editorial committee (a later e-mail will explain the procedure). The committee meets that afternoon to arrange chapters and divide essays among the editors. We have a tight schedule to get the publication back from the publishers before the end of term.
The 2008 Shared Text Committee
Sharon Walsh, chair