Student success and academic advising
I direct the first-year advising office in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and am responsible for guiding 400 to 500 first-year students transitioning to college, planning for academic success, and exploring careers and degree programs. Besides advising and managing the Park tutor program, I serve the Journalism Department as a professor, relying on my professional expertise as a former newspaper managing editor. I emphasize newsroom coaching and mentoring in the classroom, which mirrors my academic-advising role.
My teaching includes journalism and interdisciplinary courses in the college's Integrated Core Curriculum: News Editing; Investigative Research; Mass Media Research; Introduction to Journalism; Exploring the Options; Math, Media and Manipulation; and Farm to Table. I created Math, Media and Manipulation as an Ithaca Seminar for first-semester students; the course satisfies the college’s Quantitative Literacy requirement. I also created Farm to Table: Conscious Cuisine for the 21st Century, another Ithaca Seminar, which emphasizes local produce. I also direct the Ithaca Seminar's annual symposium.
My presentations complement my advising and teaching roles by focusing on mentoring, both faculty-to-faculty and faculty-to-student. My presentations include:
•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 at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute.
• Mentoring Along the 099-100-101 Continuum: A Re-exploration of the Common Assignment, presented at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute.
Before coming to Ithaca College, Loop was managing editor of the Ithaca Times 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.