Dear Graduate Students, GPDs, and Members of the Graduate Faculty at LSC and WTC.
As dean, let me take this opportunity to welcome all of you to the 2018-2019 academic year. With the summer months now behind us, our thoughts naturally turn to what lies ahead. Having just finished a review of the annual reports from our GPDs, I am duly impressed by the number of exciting programs and offerings in the Graduate School.
These new programs make me proud to be your graduate dean.
As I begin my second year in this role, I reflect on the important role all of you play in the education we provide to students. Our graduate assistants are uniquely situated in this educational continuum. On one hand, you are admitted as students and when you leave us, you leave with an academic degree. On the other hand, we know you rely on stipends and other assistance you receive from Loyola to help cover living and other expenses.
We offer our graduate assistants a competitive package of services, including competitive stipends that are benchmarked against other area universities, tuition reimbursement, travel awards, and professional development opportunities.
While we know these offerings are competitive, we are committed to evaluating on an ongoing basis the support that we provide graduate assistants and to making improvements where warranted. With the help of our very capable associate deans, Sue Penckofer, Jessica Horowitz, and Leanne Cribbs, we have listened to and responded to some concerns that we were hearing.
As a result, last year, the graduate school made some important changes affecting our graduate assistants:
- Standardized stipends
- Enhanced awards for approved conference travel
- Eliminated the restriction on off-campus employment*
- Updated job descriptions for all graduate assistants.
- Added a dental coverage to the student health plan.
This year we hope to broaden the scope of our orientation for international students and provide regular forums to address the unique issues that arise when transitioning to graduate studies in the United States.
We will continue our efforts to increase diversity within both our student and faculty ranks as well as keep open channels of communication with GSAC and the Graduate Council.
I look forward to another successful year as your dean. Please be assured of my very best wishes for your academic and personal success in the months ahead!
Thomas J. Regan, S.J.
The Graduate School
* On-campus assistantships may not exceed 19.5 hours.