2019-2020 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.

*Any resources shared during these meetings are posted here and available to all Loyolans.*

Spring 2020

February 13, Thursday, 11 AM, Damen Center 214:
Pedagogy Brown Bag for History Graduate Students

At this meeting, which is open to grad students only, we’ll talk about assignments and approaches we’re using in our classrooms and any pedagogical problems we’re facing. All Loyola history graduate students are welcome– you don’t have to be a TA or instructor of record to attend. Essentially, we’re trying to provide a lightly structured space in which grad students can talk and learn about pedagogy with and from each other (kind of like a pedagogy version of Dissertation Writing Group).

February 27, Thursday, 3 PM, room TBD:
Transitioning Out of Graduate School

This event will feature a panel of people, including recent graduate alumni and a current MA student, who will talk about what to expect during the job search. We’ll also provide a resource packet with information about resumes, CVs, interviewing, networking, and cover letters, as well as how to manage finances after leaving Loyola. This event may be of particular interest to graduating MA students, though graduating PhD students and all other current MA and PhD students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

April 9, Thursday, 2 PM, Zoom:
Pedagogy Brown Bag for History Graduate Students

At this meeting, which is open to grad students only, we’ll talk about assignments and approaches we’re using in our classrooms and any pedagogical problems we’re facing. All Loyola history graduate students are welcome– you don’t have to be a TA or instructor of record to attend. The Zoom link will be shared via email.

(POSTPONED due to COVID 19) Date TBD: Late March, early April: 
Day in the life of a Loyola history faculty member

At this brown bag meeting, we’ll talk with two of our history faculty members (ones we don’t TA for) about their day-to-day routines and how they balance teaching and research. All history graduate students are welcome, though this may be of particular interest to MA and PhD students interested in academic careers.

(CANCELLED due to Covid 19) April 27, Monday, 8 AM to 5 PM & April 30, Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM, Crown Center 528:
End-of-semester work sessions

For the fourth semester in a row, we’ll hold two finals-week work sessions for grad students. All history grad students are welcome. Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

April 27, Monday, 10 AM & April 30, Thursday, 3 PM, Zoom:
End-of-semester coffee hours

Join us for two finals-week coffee hours for graduate students. All history grad students are welcome. The Zoom link will be shared via email. These coffee hours will replace the in-person work sessions cancelled due to Covid 19.

Fall 2019

August 20, Tuesday, 3 PM, Crown Center 528:
Orientation for New Graduate Students

New MA and PhD students will hear from Dr. Mooney-Melvin, representatives from the History Graduate Student Association, and Hope Shannon about navigating their history graduate programs and making the most out of their time in graduate school.

August 21, Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 4 PM, Crown Center 528:
Teaching Assistant Orientation

New teaching assistants will learn more about their TA responsibilities. They’ll also hear from faculty and other PhD students about managing discussion sections and working with students.

September 9, Monday, 4 PM to 5:30 PM, Crown Center 530:
Introduction to Project Management

Loyola alumnus Rachel Boyle, PhD, will lead this workshop about project management for history graduate students. She’ll introduce the principles of project management and help attendees understand how to apply them to graduate school projects and beyond. Food will be provided.

October 11, Friday, 2 to 4:30 PM, Crown Center 530:
Teaching Primary Source Analysis in the History Classroom, with Professor Catherine Denial

At this workshop, award-winning teacher Catherine Denial, Bright Professor of American History at Knox College, will teach attendees how to use SOCC— a method she developed for analyzing primary sources– in the history classroom. This workshop will be especially helpful for history teaching assistants leading discussion sections, instructors of record, and faculty.

October 17, Thursday, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, Crown Center 528: 
Internships as Professional Development: How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship Experience

History graduate students who recently completed internships will share lessons learned about the field and professional development at this roundtable discussion. At this roundtable discussion, history graduate students Sophia Croll, Hannah Overstreet, Davis Stubblefield, Austin SundstromElla Wagner, and Alicia Zeimet will discuss how their internships helped prepare them for careers after graduation. Hope Shannon, AHA Career Diversity Fellow, will moderate. History graduate students are encouraged to attend.

(Please note: this event is different than HGSA’s internship review, at which students learn about the many positions students have held in the past and which they might want to pursue for their own internships. HGSA will announce more information about that event during the fall semester.)

October 31, November 1, and November 2, times and locations TBD:
Dr. Emil Kerenji, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Emil Kerenji will introduce Experiencing History, the USHMM’s new web resource for educators, discuss his career path, and join a panel about difficult histories during his three-day visit to Loyola. More information coming soon.

Exact date TBD:
Introduction to Career Assessments & Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

The Loyola history department requires all graduate students to maintain IDPs and bring them to advising meetings with the graduate program director. At this session, we’ll explore how self-assessments and IDPs can help us identify possible career paths and pursue professional goals. We’ll also discuss how to put together IDPs. Led by Hope Shannon, Professional Development Graduate Assistant & AHA Career Diversity Fellow.

Monday, December 9, & Thursday, December 12, 8 AM to 5 PM both days:
End-of-semester work sessions

History graduate students are invited to attend one or both of these finals-week work sessions. Feel free to drop in whenever or stay the entire day to work on whatever you need. This can be anything from end-of-semester papers and dissertations to course projects and finals grading. Coffee and pastries will be provided.