Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Fall 2016

Award Recipients

Faculty Awardee

Department

Award Name

Noni Gaylord-Harden Department of Psychology St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching
Kristen Irwin Department of Philosophy The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen
Hans Svebakken Department of Theology The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Noni Gaylord-Harden

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching

"She doesn't hold your hand, but you know she has your back." This is one of the many tributes students made in nominating Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden for the St. Ignatius Award for Excellence in Teaching. The student's summation of Gaylord-Harden's supportive teaching practice speaks to the professor's teaching philosophy, which includes helping student discover who they are. Gaylord-Harden contends this is a life-long process that needs to be explored and challenged; one of her goals is to provide students with the skills and desire to take this journey. 

Gaylord-Harden teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. In her human diversity graduate class, she uses self-reflection exercises in the beginning of the course to set the stage for more conversations on training, professional, and ethical issues. At the end of the course, she focuses on social justices issues. It’s a purposeful teaching approach that lets students be themselves while also paving the way for self-discovery and social change.

The supporting documentation received from students, colleagues and supervisors all attest to her amazing ability to teach effectively and mentor caringly. For her emphasis on teaching and mentoring—as well as her commitment to social justice issues— we recognize Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden with the 2016 Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kristen Irwin

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Dr. Kristen Irwin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is known to her students as a teacher whose course “made me speak more than any other class I have taken.” Dr. Irwin’s classroom is a place where students “constantly meet someone new,” and thrive due to her engaging and challenging teaching style. Through her teaching, Dr. Irwin welcomes the opportunity to introduce first year students to the practical, current, and relevant nature of the study of philosophy. Her hope is that students emerge “reflective practitioners of virtue in ‘real life’, oriented toward the true flourishing of themselves and of others.” For these tremendous efforts, we sincerely congratulate Dr. Irwin on her success. ‚Äč

Hans Svebakken

Instructor, Department of Theology

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen

Dr. Hans Svebakken is an Instructor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago and is a Rambler at heart: his graduate work at Loyola University Chicago included an MA in Ancient Greek, an MA in Biblical Languages and Literature, and a PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity. According to Dr. Svebakken, the “thrilling, ‘cutting edge’ of knowledge exists not only at the frontiers of advanced research, but also in the classroom, where guides can introduce students to new, uncharted landscape of knowledge, perspective, and understanding.” In his personal statement, Hans reminds us, “cura personalis runs both ways,” highlighting all he’s learned from his students. Known by his students as someone who “really cares,” Dr. Svebakken is an exceedingly deserving recipient of this year’s Freshman Teaching Award.