Seeking “the Gray”: Further Thoughts on Teaching in a Time of Crisis

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center In a blog post earlier this semester, I offered some thoughts on the important distinction between reaction and response when teaching in times of crisis.  Since then, the need for response (versus reaction) has only grown stronger.  We’ve had continuing protests (on campus, in the St. Louis region, and […]

Empowering Students to Use Sources Responsibly: One Small, Powerful Book for Students

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Let me begin with a confessional tale: When I was first assigned Gordon Harvey’s Writing with Sources, I was a young graduate student, preparing to teach an undergraduate course.  The book seemed straightforward enough, and there were many things in it I already knew (e.g., the literal definition of […]

Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Moving from Reaction to Response

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Even before the events of last week landed Ferguson (and, by extension, St. Louis), Missouri, on the national stage, I had been thinking about the distinction between reaction and response.  The two words are fairly similar in meaning; some may argue that they are roughly the same thing.  But […]

End with the Beginning in Mind

by Debra Lohe, Director, Reinert Center It’s time.  You’re wrapping up another academic year.  Saying goodbye to graduating students.  Feeling relieved that the day-to-day demands of the spring term are winding down.  Looking ahead to the slower pace of summer, to the research you can finally get back to.  You aren’t really thinking about next […]

Beyond the Semester’s End

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Another semester is coming to a close. You have stacks of exams and papers to grade, final grades to calculate. You have holiday shopping to finish, pending travel plans and family obligations. You’re tired, and cold …. maybe you have a cold. At this point in the academic year, […]

Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Thoughts for Those New to SLU

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Four years ago this week, I came to SLU from what some might call a highly secular institution.  At that time, I had no personal experience with Jesuit institutions, no real sense of what the educational mission of the Jesuits entailed.  I did not know the long tradition of […]

From Intuition to Intention

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This week, with move-in underway, most of the campus is focused on the arrival of new undergraduates.  It’s easy to do that: they’re fresh and new and starting a journey that will take them to unexpected places.  For us here in the Reinert Center, though, we’re thinking more about […]

What is Transformational Teaching, and How Do I Do It?

by Debie Lohe, Director, CTTL Here in the Reinert Center, we talk a lot about teaching that transforms – that is, teaching that changes people, altering fundamentally the way learners understand themselves and others, the way they engage in and contribute to their larger world. But transformation is a tall order (especially for those of […]

In Search of Renewal

by Debra Rudder Lohe For the last several weeks, I’ve felt – and many SLU faculty have affirmed this sense – that the end of the semester was both speeding at me like a locomotive and slowing like an unwinding watch.  Some days, it was hard to believe May was actually here; others, it seemed […]

Mid-Semester Reflection

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert CTTL Mid-semester is a good time to take to take a few quiet moments to reflect on how your courses are going and to set some intentions for the second half of the term.  At this point, you’ve probably figured out that many of your intentions to be more interesting, […]