Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Career Resources

Graduates from Loyola's history department have established careers in a variety of different settings, from academia and public history to consulting and non-profit work. Graduate degrees in history are not vocational degrees. The PhD and MA do not prepare students to follow only one career path - that of teacher or professor. Rather, the PhD and MA provide graduates with a breadth and depth of knowledge of their field of study, as well as a variety of skills that are sought after by employers in the 21st century. For example, 40% of humanities PhD graduates work in occupations other than postsecondary teaching, using their skills in a wide variety of careers. The Loyola history department is committed to supporting students in identifying their career goals, developing an array of skills, and pursuing diverse career pathways.

The how-to guides and resources pages provide guidance for graduate students thinking about and preparing for careers after graduation. Included is information about career pathways, networking, writing cover letters and resumes, and resources available on-campus.

2018-2019 Professional Development Events

Spring 2019 

February 5, Tuesday, 4 PM, CC 528: Ethics in the Classroom and Beyond* 
Attendance counts toward the history dept.'s pedagogy requirement for PhD students. 

February 19, Tuesday, 4 PM, CC 528: Intellectual Self-Confidence and Career Pathways*

February 26, Tuesday, 4 PM, CC 528: Introduction to Online Teaching*
Attendance counts toward the history dept.'s pedagogy requirement for PhD students. 

March 11, Monday, 2:30 PM. CC 503: Individual Development Plans Work Session
Come work with other history graduate students on your Individual Development Plan. The history department requires history graduate students to maintain Individual Development Plans, planning documents that help students plan their years in graduate school and for careers after graduation. More information about what these are, why they're useful, and how to put them together is available here.

March 19, Tuesday, 4 PM, CC 528: Digital Literacy for Humanists*
We’ll talk together about what digital literacy is, what it means for each of us, and how we can build our digital skill sets. We’ll also spend some time talking about how to manage our digital presences.

April 3, Wednesday, 3 PM, CC 528: Teaching Statements and Portfolios* 
At this meeting, we’ll discuss the role teaching statements and teaching portfolios play in academic job searches and how to put them together. These are essential for anyone interested in a teaching career (as well as for many pre-doctoral fellowship applications). Starting these early in your graduate career and updating them as you accumulate new teaching experiences can save a lot of time and frustration later on. This session will be led by Justin Nordin, PhD candidate in philosophy at Loyola. Attendance at this meeting counts toward the history dept.'s pedagogy requirement for PhD students. (Please note that this seminar will take place on a *Wednesday at 3 PM* instead of Tuesday at 4.)

April 9, Tuesday, 4 PM, Cuneo Hall 312: Where Historians Teach: Talking about Teaching Careers in Secondary Ed, Higher Ed, and Public History
Interested in a career teaching in secondary or higher education? Or education positions in public history settings? Join this semi-moderated conversation between history students interested in teaching and historians who have experience navigating these career paths.

April 29 (M) AND May 2 (TR), 8 AM to 5 PM each day, CC 528: Group Work Sessions*
Work on final papers and projects, dissertations, or end-of-semester grading with other graduate students at this finals week work session. Come for the entire day or drop in and out as needed. Coffee and pastries provided. 

Events with an asterisk are part of a year-long Career Pathways Seminar Series. 

Loyola history department professional development events are supported by the AHA's Career Diversity Implementation Grant. All current history graduate and undergraduate students, graduate alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Contact Hope Shannon, AHA Career Diversity Fellow, at hshannon1@luc.edu with questions. 

*Any resources shared during these meetings will be posted here and available to all.* 

Fall 2018 Events and Meetings

September 18: An Introduction to Integrated Course Design*

Attendees will learn how to implement this student-centered model in their own teaching practice. Developed by L. Dee Fink, integrated course design “takes a systematic, learning-centered approach to designing courses" and "offers the best chance of ensuring that students have a significant learning experience.” (Fink, “Integrated Course Design,” Idea Paper 42). Led by Jessica Mansbach, PhD, Teaching and Learning Development Coordinator at Loyola's Center for Ignatian Pedagogy. 

September 25: Introduction to Career Pathways: Self-Assessments and IDPs

We'll consider how self-assessments and individual development plans (IDPs) can help us identify possible career paths and pursue professional goals. This professionalization seminar will also introduce the next five, which are each themed around one of the AHA's Five Skills for historians. Led by Pat Mooney-Melvin, PhD, Associate Professor of History and Loyola History Graduate Program Director, and Hope Shannon, AHA Career Diversity Fellow.

October 2: Teaching Philosophies and Approaches: What Kind of Teacher Are You?*

Loyola history faculty members Edin Hajdarpasic, Suzanne Kaufman, and Marek Suszko will discuss their teaching philosophies and approaches to course design. They’ll talk about how they put their courses together and how each course component— from discussion and lecture to assignments and feedback— work together to meet teaching and student learning goals.

October 16: Communication Skills and Career Pathways

The first of the AHA’s five skills for historians, “the ability to communicate to different audiences across different media…[is] essential to flourishing in careers both within and beyond the academy" (AHA). We’ll talk about the many ways we learn how to communicate in history graduate programs, where we apply these skills, and how to continue building this knowledge. Led by Lindsey Martin, PhD, Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at Northwestern University.

October 30: Assignments, Assessment, and Feedback*

We'll consider the role assignments, assessment, and feedback play in our classrooms and how we can make sure they support the learning goals we set for our students. We’ll also discuss how to use active learning techniques as an assessment tool. Led by Jessica Mansbach, PhD, Teaching and Learning Development Coordinator at Loyola's Center for Ignatian Pedagogy. 

November 13: Collaboration and Career Pathways*

The second of the AHA’s five skills for historians, “collaboration is a series of activities, not simply a one-time task; undertaken with others, not alone; and for a shared, mutually understood and valued objective, not for exclusive or singular benefit” (AHA). We’ll discuss why this is an essential skill for historians, where we learn collaborative techniques and norms, and how to apply collaborative skills across a variety of career paths. Led by Lindsey Martin, PhD, Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Affairs at Northwestern University.

November 27: What's in a syllabus?*

We'll discuss the purpose and function of a syllabus, what information the syllabus should contain, and how to ensure it plays an active role in the classroom.