Two Questions for Starting the New Academic Year

Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Last week, new faculty and students officially joined our community, and just like that, the campus is back to life. Personally, I love the start of a new term, a new academic year; possibility is a powerful thing, and fresh starts can be motivating. If you’re new to teaching, or […]

What Will You Leave Behind?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Last week, at our annual May event, Dr. Thomas Landy (Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross) talked about the importance of seeing as a foundational aspect of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. He explained that the […]

Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively: Considerations of a Theme

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center As we welcome new faculty and students to campus, the Reinert Center is gearing up for its focus this year on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively. This theme will inform some of our regular programs, including workshops in our Certificate Program, our annual Winter Institute, and our Teaching with Technology […]

Looking Back: Reaction or Response?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center At the beginning of this academic year, I wrote about the importance of moving from reaction to response when teaching in a time of crisis.  That blog post, offered at the start of a new semester, recommended reflection as a means of helping students to avoid “reactive monologue” and […]

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 […]