Loyola University Chicago

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Fall 2018 Professional and Academic Development Workshops

Fall 2018 Professional and Academic Development Workshops

All workshops and brown bags will be held at Lake Shore Campus unless otherwise noted. You may register for all sessions here.

Can't make it to one of our workshops? Go to our Professional Development Resources for archived materials and videos from workshops.

Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Information Session

Thursday, September 6  |  5-6pm


Wednesday, September 12  |  3-4pm

(Both sessions will be held in Granada 420)

The Graduate School, in partnership with the library, is offering a formatting session which will include general formatting guidelines, online submission procedures, and details about copyright issues for theses and dissertations.  Space is limited so if you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP to formathelp@luc.edu to reserve a spot. Please indicate in the email which session you would like to attend.

Visit the Graduate School’s formatting page for more information about submitting your thesis/dissertation, including formatting guidelines.

Graduate Writing Series pt 1 - Introduction to Graduate Writing

Tuesday, September 25  |  4-5:30pm  (Cuneo Hall rm 217)

The first of three in the Graduate School’s series on graduate writing this year, this first workshop introduces students to three elemental areas of sound scholarly writing: organizing around a complex and worthwhile purpose, framing paragraph structure, and reassessing the source relationships. All of us, regardless of our degrees and status, can benefit from someone who has made it his career to guide people to the next level of their writing ability. This 90-minute interactive writing workshop is specifically geared to graduate students who are struggling with graduate-level papers in their courses and individual research. This workshop is open to Master's and Doctoral students from all disciplines in The Graduate School. Conducted by Michael Meinhardt, English Instructor. Click here to RSVP.

Diversity Issues in the Classroom: Advice for Graduate Student Lecturers, Teaching & Research Assistants

Thursday, September 27  |  5-7pm  (Institute of Environmental Sustainability rm 123/124)

In light of challenging politics and transforming attitudes about what is deemed acceptable to say in the classroom, Loyola graduate students have come together to put on a program designed for handling and negotiating issues of diversity and inclusion. The event is tailored for graduate students, teaching assistants, as well as research assistants. Joseph Butler (Research Assistant for Academic Diversity) and Dr. Christopher Manning (Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost on Academic Diversity) will facilitate the program. Pizza will be provided at 5pm (first come, first served).

Please register by 48 hours before the session. Click here to RSVP.

Working With the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Tuesday, October 16  |  4:30-5:30pm  (Granada rm 420)

Graduate students planning to conduct “Human Subject Research” should attend this information filled workshop. You will receive pointers for preparing your proposal and submitting it to the Loyola University IRB.


Topics covered include:

  • The types of research required to submit to the IRB consent and training requirements
  • Determining the risk level
  • Determining the type of review required
  • Submission procedures
  • Checking submissions and CITI training status
  • Minimizing risk to subjects
  • Tips and suggestions for preparing proposals: Examples of good and bad ideas


Andrew Ellis, Assistant Director for Research Compliance, will conduct the workshop. Space is limited. Graduate students enrolled in Graduate School programs will have priority on a first come, first served basis. Click here to RSVP.

(RESCHEDULED) Graduate Writing Series pt 2 - Organization and Critical Methods for Graduate Writing

Thursday, November 29  |  4-5:30pm  |  Cuneo Hall 217 (NEW DATE AND LOCATION)

The second of three in the Graduate School’s series on graduate writing this year, this second workshop is a true workshop designed around the writing projects that graduate students bring with them. This workshop will emphasize both organizational and critical methods, and the new graduate mindset and methodology with which to apply them. Attention will be very focused and participants will utilize writing practices, instructor feedback and peer workshop skills; this workshop is designed to both pay particular attention to a project of the graduate student's selection, but also how to practice skills for ongoing application following the workshop. Attendees are expected to bring a writing project of value for development, even if it is in an early stage of articulation. Conducted by Michael Meinhardt, English Instructor. Click here to RSVP.

Keep an eye out for the final workshop in our series on graduate writing in the Spring!  This final workshop will focus on Writing as Professional development and will cover writing, editing, and reviewing for journals and general publication.