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.