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.
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.
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.
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.
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.