For ten years, Niamh McGuigan has donated her talents as one of Loyola’s amazing librarians. Her Digital Humanities Master’s Degree—which is one of her two master’s—was completed right here at Loyola. Since graduating from the Digital Humanities master’s program, McGuigan has enjoyed working with the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, which she describes as having “a supportive group of faculty, students, and librarians.” Additionally, McGuigan has been the Head of Reference Services since 2012. Through this, she provides leadership for library research and references at the Lakeshore Campus and coordinates the Libraries’ curricular and co-curricular instruction efforts. McGuigan has also had the opportunity to lead several library orientation sessions for the FCIP Online Teaching course, which she holds as a valuable experience. Niamh continues to help faculty and students incorporate library resources into their lives, as well as continuing to serve as an excellent role model to the Loyola community as a whole.
Kelly Barry began her career at Loyola in 2002 teaching for the paralegal program. Prior to joining Loyola, Kelly worked for various Chicago law firms. In the time since she joined the Loyola staff, Kelly has taught over one hundred sections of six different paralegal courses, using her experience to assist countless Loyola students in their studies. Currently, she uses her extensive knowledge in designing and implementing curricula in her job as an Instructional Designer for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). In addition to her responsibilities as an instructional designer, Kelly is also a Senior Lecturer for the paralegal program.
In her role in SCPS, Kelly assists faculty with major changes in their online and blended course development. Kelly, along with the rest of the SCPS team, wants to ensure that their students consistently have the highest quality experience in all of their courses. In order to make this happen, she has served on the Academic Technologies Committee and participated in numerous pilots of new and innovative technologies being considered at Loyola. She has helped FCIP extensively with our Online Teaching Course and works closely with instructional designers from other academic units to investigate and implement new teaching approaches.
Kelly truly loves her job and finds happiness working with the diverse SCPS faculty. She considers it an honor to have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with colleagues, whom she describes as “brilliant, caring, and wonderful.” Her dedication to her work and love for Loyola’s staff and students make her an especially appropriate nominee for “Recognizing Excellence” and a wonderful addition to the university as a whole.
The Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy is inaugurating a feature designed to recognize faculty and staff who go above and beyond their official responsibilities in serving the Loyola community. The first recipient of “Recognizing Excellence” is Stacey Zurek. Stacey is an instructional designer and course developer working with the Health Sciences Division in Maywood. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and in Physical Education and Health and is currently furthering her education by completing a PhD in Learning Design and Technology. In previous years, Stacey has coached both women’s basketball and volleyball. Her skill for coaching soon turned into a knack for teaching. She has taught Physical Education, Health, Educational Technology and Instructional Design. Due to her experience as a coach, Stacey values both team and individual success.
On top of working on her dissertation, Stacey serves on numerous committees around Loyola, including the I-TIE (Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education), for which she is an ambassador. Additionally, she donates her time and talents to several projects at a time; she is currently assisting to integrate multimedia learning outlets, as well as developing and redesigning instructional programs for both faculty and students. She completed the Ignatian Pedagogy Certificate program in 2016 and has been an active participant in campus faculty development initiatives. Her extensive knowledge in her field and constant desire to learn more make her a vital part of any team, an excellent addition to Loyola and a worthy recipient of this first “Recognizing Excellence” feature.