Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School was presented with the 2013 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize, and reward excellence and innovation in domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level.

The winning proposal, Mastering the Humanities, examines effective ways to grow, diversify, and sustain humanities education – a pillar of Jesuit education – with the ultimate goal of maximizing career outcomes for graduate students in the humanities.

“We are excited and honored to be the 2013 recipient of this prestigious award. I would like to extend my thanks to MAGS and Educational Testing Service (ETS) for sponsoring the award, and to members of the Awards Selection Committee for their diligent and dedicated work,” said Dr. Samuel Attoh, dean of Loyola’s Graduate School. “The award will go a long way in helping us identify effective strategies for improving the career prospects of our humanities students. I would also like to thank our hard working staff, particularly Pat Mooney-Melvin and Susan Clarke for putting this proposal together.”

The award, comprising of a $2,500 grant, is sponsored by ETS and MAGS. The grant will be used to collect and analyze data pertaining to students’ experiences with career pathways and gauge the faculty’s ability to integrate disciplinary training with career pathways, transferable skills, and curricular design. The Graduate School plans to create a Graduate Student Humanities Institute that will provide a venue for programming and activities designed to: explore the importance of humanities in contemporary life, provide workshops and mentoring opportunities that prepare humanities students for multiple career pathways, encourage interdisciplinary efforts involving humanities faculty and students in collaborative research, and house a post-doctoral teaching fellows program.