Student success and academic advising
As a faculty associate and first-year adviser in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Jill Loop focuses primarily on student success. Loop works with each first-year class of 400 to 500 students on transitioning to college, academic planning, and exploring careers and degree programs. Besides advising, she manages the Park tutoring program for Introduction to Film Aesthetics & Analysis, overseeing 10 tutors supporting the 200-student class.
Loop uses her professional journalism experience as a former newspaper managing editor to teach News Editing, Journalism Research and Introduction to Journalism. She emphasizes newsroom coaching and mentoring, which complements her primary academic-advising role.
Loop also contributes to the Integrated Core Curriculum. Her Math, Media and Manipulation course, an Ithaca Seminar for first-semester students, satisfies the college’s Quantitative Literacy requirement. This fall, she will offer Farm to Table: Conscious Cuisine for the 21st Century, another Ithaca Seminar. Loop also teaches the Exploring the Options mini-course, which gives Exploratory students insights into many degree paths and gets students to think about the college’s liberal-arts’ mission.
Loop’s scholarship mirrors her advising and teaching roles by focusing on mentorship, both faculty-to-faculty and faculty-to-student. Among her recent presentations are:
•Deciphering the Role of Undergraduate Tutors in the Classroom
•In-School Advising Methods for First-year Students
•Internal Mentorship Funding for College Faculty, all presented in 2016 at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute.
• Mentoring Along the 099-100-101 Continuum: A Re-exploration of the Common Assignment, presented in 2015 at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute.
Before coming to Ithaca College, Loop was managing editor of the Ithaca Times, a weekly newspaper. Previously, she was assistant to the director of the Innocence Institute of Western Pennsylvania, which investigated and exposed wrongful convictions.
Loop holds a master’s degree in education from Elmira College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Park University.