Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Writing Within the Jesuit Tradition

Spring 2018 Workshops

Co-sponsored by the Center for Experiential Learning and the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, this program is offered to provide scholar-practitioners currently doing academic research and writing an opportunity to work together to explore the resources and opportunities available to Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff. Participants will be expected to have a current research project or proposed project to work on during the course of the semester. This workshop series will focus on research and writing related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy as aspects of Jesuit teaching principles.

During the initial sessions, we will strive to identify threads of research areas that may be of interest to groups of scholars. These threads might include: 

  • (SOTL) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Community engagement
  • Application of the Ignatian paradigm
  • Other topics as suggested by participants

The program will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Tara Gray, associate professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University. Dr. Gray is also the first director of the Teaching Academy at NMSU and the author of Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. Register for the opening session with Dr. Tara Gray here

Subsequent workshop sessions will include short presentations from campus resources followed by dedicated writing time. 

Program Goals:

1.  Encourage research and scholarship related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

2.  Identify research and scholarship opportunities related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

3.  Provide space to foster and increase research and scholarship related to our Jesuit tradition.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the program, participates will:

1.  Actively participate in a community of practice dedicated to sharing research-based writing related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

2.  List campus resources available to support research and scholarship related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

3.  Demonstrate growth in practice of good writing habits that create space for research and scholarship related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

4.  Identify potential outlets for scholarship related to community engagement and Ignatian Pedagogy.

Planned Sessions (click on session to register):

  • Friday, February 9, 9:00-12:00. Piper Hall first floor. Publish and Flourish workshop with Tara Gray. 
  • Friday, February 23, 1:30-3:30. Piper Hall first floor. Campus resource presentation followed by writing time. 
  • Friday March 23, 2:00-4:00. Piper Hall first floor. Campus resource presentation followed by writing time.
  • Friday, April 13, 9:30-12:00. Piper Hall first floor. Campus resource presentation followed by writing time and lunch.

Campus Resources Presentations:

  • University Libraries: assistance in finding appropriate journals for research and publication
  • LUC Writing Center
  • Office of Research Services: research grants available
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): identifying when approval to use data must be sought

Dr. Tara Gray:

On Friday, February 9, 2018, Dr. Tara Gray will be presenting her workshop Publish and Flourish: Becoming a Prolific Scholar. Dr. Gray serves as associate professor of criminal justice and as founding director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The Teaching Academy provides NMSU educators with training, mentoring and networking. She has presented faculty development workshops to 10,000 participants in thirty-five states, as well as Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Workshop participants report that Dr. Gray is "spirited, entertaining, and informative--she's anything but gray!"

Participants of the workshop will learn to:

  • triple their productivity by writing daily,
  • create effective outlines after you write,
  • write research that is clearer, better organized and more compelling,
  • solicit meaningful feedback before formal peer review. 

Textbook and Academic Authors Association Membership Information: 

Because our campus is hosting the Tara Gray workshop, we receive a one-year Institutional Membership to the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA), which covers the membership dues for up to 75 educators to join TAA, whether or not you attended the workshop. We invite you to take advantage of our Institutional Membership and Join TAA today.

TAA provides key resources to help you get your writing projects completed and published, covering topics such as:

  • How to organize your writing process for maximum productivity and success
  • What you need in your author contracts and what to watch out for
  • How to promote your brand and market your work
  • Best practices for successful writing collaboration

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Our TAA Institutional Membership is valid through the July 1, 2018. At that time you can choose to renew your TAA membership for the applicable dues rate: Untenured Faculty $45, Tenured Faculty $95, and Graduate Students $25. 

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