Marquette Graduate School kicks off centennial anniversary celebration with keynote address Oct. 25

Oct. 20, 2022

100 years of the Graduate School logoMILWAUKEE — Marquette University is celebrating 100 Years of the Marquette Graduate School during the 2022-23 academic year and will kick off a year of centennial programming with a keynote lecture on the future of graduate education at Marquette on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Beaumier Suite at Raynor Memorial Library.

Dr. Leonard Cassuto and Dr. Robert Weisbuch are national experts in graduate education reform movements and will deliver the keynote about their book, “The New Ph.D.: How to Build a Better Graduate Education.” The event is open to the public at no cost; registration is required and is available online.

Cassuto, professor of English at Fordham University, is the author or editor of nine books on American literature and culture and writes the column “The Graduate Adviser” for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Other recent books include “The Cambridge History of the American Novel” and “The Cambridge Companion to Baseball,” winner of the Best Anthology Award from the North American Society of Sports Historians.

Weisbuch is former president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and of Drew University. He spent 25 years at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair of the department of English, associate vice president for research, associate dean for faculty programs, and interim dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. He then served as president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for seven years. In 2005, he became the 11th president of Drew University.

The Graduate School will celebrate its centennial throughout the academic year with programming designed to celebrate the past and chart its future at Marquette. Graduate Student Week is scheduled for Feb. 21-25, 2023, which will culminate with the annual Three Minute Thesis competition, Feb. 25. Additional events and programs will be announced at a later date.

About Marquette Graduate School

As one of, if not the first Graduate School established at a Jesuit university, Marquette’s Graduate School opened its doors in fall of 1922. Since then, it has awarded nearly 29,000 advanced degrees, including 25,690 master’s degrees and 3,084 doctoral degrees.

“For 100 years, the Marquette Graduate School has extended the university’s Catholic, Jesuit values into advanced education,” said Dr. Douglas Woods, vice provost for graduate and professional studies and dean of the Graduate School at Marquette. “I’m particularly proud of how our Graduate School continues to contribute to Marquette’s mission by educating graduate students who become experts in their chosen fields of study and who go on to serve the greater good. Marquette’s graduate programs have continued to innovate, and in doing so we have expanded both the diversity of our programs and our student body.”

The Graduate School’s Marquette Program Incubator is an initiative that aims to encourage, support and incentivize the rapid revitalization and creation of academic programs that meet student and market needs. The Program Incubator expands the university’s portfolio of high-demand programs, especially interdisciplinary programs by incentivizing curricular experimentation, renewal or re-invigoration, being sensitive to new and emerging markets for graduate programming and much more.

In April 2022, the Graduate School received the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award for its Graduate Futures Initiative. GFI extends traditional career diversity efforts to provide graduate students access to interdisciplinary, partnership-informed, mission-driven support toward making career readiness an organic part of graduate education.

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Kevin Conway

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