Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Our Staff

Susan Haarman, M.Div

Title/s: Associate Director, Service-Learning

Office #: Sullivan Center 294

Phone: 773.508.7080

E-mail: shaarman@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://susanhaarman.weebly.com/


Susan Haarman hails from Louisville, KY,  but has lived in Milwaukee, Texas, Berkeley, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the fine city of Chicago. 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. She has a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and has spoken on a national level around Ignatian Pedagogy's connection to personal growth and transformation, especially within the realm of service and service immersions. She has been working in higher education for almost 10 years, and this is actually her 5th year at Loyola. 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 doubled the program. Susan is passionate about Jesuit education, service 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)

Selected Publications

Ignatian Pedagogy,  Immersions, & Service

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


Presenter: Ethical Immersions & Ignatian Pedagogy. Focus on Teaching and Learning Conference, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Il, August 2016.


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


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


Haarman, Susan. Problematizing Pilgrimage: Examining the (Over) Use of“Pilgrimage” in Service and Justice Work on College Campuses. Biennial Conference of the Association for Practical Theology.


Haarman, Susan. “Rooting Our Work: Ignatian Spirituality and Pedagogy in Service.

Ignatian Service Directors Conference. San Antonio, March 2016.


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: 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.