Looking Back at 2020: More Than Teaching

The faculty at Loras has always made their impact beyond the classroom. Their dedication to student success is the key to Duhawk success both on campus and into career pursuits.

With a pandemic dramatically altering the usual instuction delivery, faculty members found new and different ways to share their knowledge not just with students but with the Loras community at large.

John Eby, Ph.D. – Professor of History

When the campus closed down in March in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Eby took the occasion of J.R.R. Tolkien Reading Day to share a poignant passage by the author from his famous Lord of the Rings saga to effectively convey feeling of the moment.

Listen to Dr. Eby’s readings here.

Lisa Grinde, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Psychology

Taking advantage of the unique experience that the pandemic presented, Dr. Grinde invited guests from around the globe to relate the impact of the virus to different cultures. Students, alumni and guests held conversations virtually to gain a better understanding of cross-cultural psychology.

Dr. Grinde’s two-part article can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Kathrin Parks, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Parks utilized the online learning platform to introduce an author into the virtual classroom to expand learning opportunities for her students. Anand Giridharadas joined Dr. Parks in a Zoom chat to interact with the class to discuss social change.

Read about the experience from Dr. Parks here.

Andrew Kehr, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Over the summer, Dr. Kehr stayed active in his research and gave a presentation on retinal degeneration in the Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research and Education (FUTURE) in Biomedicine Program. He shared his expereince, as well as that of Brianna Arreguin (’22), a junior Biochemistry major who also prensented at the FUTURE conference.

Read about their experiences here.

Kristin Anderson-Bricker, Ph.D. – Professor of History

Dr. Anderson Bricker took the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide the historical context in comparison to the 1918 influenza epidemic. Utilizing the resources in the Loras College Center for Dubuque History, she shares insights into how the epidemic impacted Dubuque with an eye on the current situation.

Read the history lesson here.

The look back at 2020 continues tomorrow. Make sure you are caught up by reading the review articles from “History in Their Own Words.”and “Impact of a Pandemic.”

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).