Loyola University Chicago

Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Professor Spotlight - Prof. Sholar

Dr. Megan Sholar, a professor in Loyola University Chicago's Interdisciplinary Honors Program, answers all your questions!

@ Machu Picchu in Peru

Photo Taken at Machu Picchu in Peru

Interview taken April 2017

Where did you attend college? And what did you major in?

Undergraduate: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Major: Political Science        

Minor: Spanish

Graduate: Right here at Loyola in the Political Science Department

Did you always want to be a professor? If not, what was your original, intended career?

When I started undergrad, I intended to go to law school after graduation. I think I wanted to be a lawyer because I liked to argue. But once I started taking political science classes—especially ones that focused on the international arena—I was hooked. I also had an amazing poli sci professor who really inspired me; I think I ended up taking four different classes with her during my time at Illinois Wesleyan. Not only did she spark my interest in gender and politics (which is still my area of focus today), but she also played a big role in my decision to pursue a PhD and become a professor.

Who is your favorite author?

I am usually drawn to female fiction writers; Isabel Allende and Jane Austen are at the top of my list.

What was your favorite movie growing up? Has it changed since?

Growing up, I loved Disney movies. The Little Mermaid was probably my favorite. 

Now, I have to say that my favorite movie is Major League. I’m a huge baseball fan, and I try to watch it before the start of every new season. 

What is one thing you are really passionate about? Whether it be a hobby, a political issue, an idea, etc.

Feminism, teaching, and baseball (I know that’s more than one, but I couldn’t decide which one(s) to cut!)

Where is one place you want to travel to that you have not already been?

I am trying to see the St. Louis Cardinals play in all thirty baseball stadiums around the United States (and Toronto). I’ve made it to fourteen so far, so I still have a lot of stadiums to visit. I also want to go to Chile.

What is something students can do to help you out as a professor?

I have a pretty simple but unfun answer to this one: Do the readings before class. It will save the students a lot of stress because they don’t have to work so hard to avoid being called on in class, and it really does make the class more interesting for both students and their professors.

What is your favorite thing about Loyola?

Hands down, it’s the students. It may sound corny, but I love walking into the classroom each day and seeing all of my students sitting there. The time I spend teaching is my favorite part of the day.

What is one thing you believe everyone should do before they graduate college?

Travel/Study abroad

Do you have pets? If so, what kind(s) and what are their names?

I don’t have any pets right now, but I grew up on a small farm outside of St. Louis with lots of dogs, cats, cow, chickens, etc. My dad has two Rottweilers (Gus and Ebby) and my brother has two dachshunds (Hercules and Socks) that I adore and visit whenever I can. I am definitely a dog person.