2020-2021 Events Calendar

Details: Loyola history department professional development events from 2018-2021 are supported in part by the AHA’s Career Diversity Implementation Grant. All current history graduate and undergraduate students, graduate alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend (unless otherwise noted). Contact Dr. Mooney-Melvin with questions.

Spring 2021

Friday, January 29, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CT)

Transitioning Out of Graduate School

In a few short months, many LUC history graduate students will be graduating. Career Pathways is here to help  prepare for that transition and to use the months left to make the most of your grad school experience!  “Transitioning out of Graduate School,” features a panel of Loyola faculty and alumni who have successfully made the transition who can guide you through. This event also includes materials, strategies, and advice for conducting the all-important job search. And beyond that, we will also discuss other challenging aspects of exiting grad school that range from tips for preparing for successful interviews to dealing with student debt. Please join us as we discuss how to manage the whole process of making the shift from student to professional.


Fall 2020

Friday, September 18, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Introduction to Project Management

Loyola alumnus Rachel Boyle, PhD, of Omnia History, will lead this virtual workshop about project management for history graduate students. She’ll introduce the principles of project management to help attendees understand how to apply them to graduate school projects and beyond. It is important to note that the seminar this year will also include a discussion about project management in times of crisis.


Friday, September 25, 2:00 PM to 3:30 pm

Research and Writing Brown Bag for History Graduate Students

At this meeting, which is open to grad students only, we’ll talk about different approaches to research and writing projects and any particular problems we’re facing. All Loyola history graduate students are welcome—you don’t have to be working on an MA thesis or dissertation to attend. Essentially, we’re trying to provide a lightly structured space in which grad students can talk about research and writing with and from each other Nathan Ellstrand, Matthew Amyx, and Emily Taylor will be joining us to share their writing and research experiences. This is co-sponsored by Career Pathways and the Dissertation Writing Group (DWG). 


Friday, October 16, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Social Media for the Real World: Preparing to Curate Your Online Presence

After years spent online whether on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter or included in our employer’s or school’s web sites, most of us have established an online presence. Understanding the impact of our presence online and developing the tools to manage it are important professional skills. Jane Currie, Loyola University Chicago reference librarian and subject specialist for history will lead this virtual workshop about preparing to curate your online presence as you proceed through your graduate school career and beyond.


Friday, October 23, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

“Digication” Workshop

Despite its name, “Digication” is not a nightmarish Zoom vacation scenario. It is a sophisticated E-portfolio platform adopted by the LUC history department and offered to Loyola Graduate students. On Friday October 23 from 4:00-5:30 pm the HGSA and Career Pathways will be hosting a workshop on the Digication platform.  Essentially, this will be a lightly structured workspace where you can learn to use the “Digication” tool from Brody Tate, the Learning Portfolio manager here at Loyola and our fellow graduate students who have some expertise in its use. We hope to see you there!


Friday, November 6, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM (CT)

“How to Make the Most of Your Internship Experience”

HGSA and Career Pathways will be hosting this double event to help you to make the most of your graduate internship experience.  The first half will be a graduate student- only event to discuss internship searches, aspirations, pitfalls, hoops to jump through, and past experiences ranging from excellent to awful. The second half of our program will be a more formal discussion led by Dr. Karamanski and Dr. Mooney-Melvin which will feature a panel of last year’s LUC history department interns. The panel will reflect on how internship experiences inform professional interests and career opportunities and they will offer tips for how make the most of your upcoming internship experience.  Special note: There will be a short break between sessions, at approximately 2:00 pm so that those of us who need to can get a mid-afternoon snack!


Friday, November 20, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (CT)

Career and Job Search Event

On Friday, November 20th from 1:00 -3: 30 pm, HGSA and Career Pathways will host a double event to help you to navigate your career and job search experience! The first session will feature a Career Pathways led panel discussion among four recent graduates of the Loyola history graduate program who have had notable and successful job search experiences. Dylan Ruediger, the coordinator of AHA’s Career Diversity for Historians and Institutional Research will also be joining us to discuss data and statistical analysis that he has gathered about job searches and career trajectories for history PhDs and MAs. Dr. Brad Hunt will also be joining us for this event to offer his own insights and experiences. After a break, the second session will be a workshop led by the HGSA which will provide practical tools and suggestions for graduate students as they prepare cover letters, CVs, and resumes for their coming job and internship searches.