Graduate Catalog 2013-14
Dean: Dr. Zary Mostashari
Library and Learning Services facilitates learning, teaching, scholarship, and lifelong learning opportunities by providing Marymount University students, faculty, staff, and the community with access to information and a variety of educational support services. Its facilities are the Emerson G. Reinsch Library and the Ballston Center Library Extension.
The Emerson G. Reinsch Library is an integral part of the learning resources of the university. The collection and services reflect both the curricula and the general informational needs of the university community. It offers
The library’s goal is to respond to the changing needs of students, faculty, and staff who comprise the university community. Library faculty and staff work closely with colleagues in academic departments to ensure that the library’s resources and services meet the needs of the Marymount community.
Marymount University’s membership in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) allows students and faculty members to borrow from or use on-site the collections of American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Trinity University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Library consortium members share an online catalog of collections, and loan requests are made online and delivered to the student’s home institution or via the Internet. Interlibrary loan requests from libraries throughout the United States can be arranged if materials are unavailable in the collection.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides a variety of programs for Marymount students and faculty that promote student success and support student learning. The center is staffed by academic counselors and specialists in teaching and learning, writing, instructional technology and design, disability and access services, and advising. The center offers the following services for graduate students:
Student Access Services (SAS) are available for all eligible students through the Center for Teaching and Learning. The director of SAS assists students with disabilities in determining reasonable accommodations and is available throughout the year for information, referrals, and advising. SAS complements, but does not duplicate, services offered to all students through other campus offices.
To receive services from SAS, the student must give the director typewritten documentation from a qualified professional that describes the clearly diagnosed disability and its current functional impact on the student relative to academics. Marymount does not provide testing and/or diagnosis, but will make appropriate referrals.
The types of accommodations a student is eligible to receive are determined on a case-by-case basis by the student and the director using information contained in the student’s documentation. Students wishing to receive accommodations must develop a Faculty Contact Sheet (FCS) with the director of Student Access Services. This should occur at the beginning of each semester. However, students may consult with the director at any point during the academic year. Students must then present this contact sheet to their instructors and discuss the accommodations documented on the FCS. This document helps students and instructors work together to develop effective accommodation strategies. Some accommodations made in the past have included allowing extended time for examinations; the use of readers, volunteer note-takers, sign language interpreters; and the option to record lectures.
Career advisors provide individual guidance, career advising and coaching, and vocational assessments. The Center for Career Services (CCS) offers frequent workshops and programs on establishing educational goals suited to career and internship plans, choosing careers, developing a résumé and cover letters, supporting internship site selection, gaining employment, and interviewing.
Outstanding internship and field experiences for graduate students seeking hands-on experience are available throughout the Washington area with corporations, government agencies, schools, hospitals, and retail establishments. Depending on the degree program, the term "internship" may not always be used. Other terms for field experiences completed for academic credit include clinical rotations for nursing and physical therapy students, student teaching for education students seeking teaching licensure, or a practicum for students in a variety of business and human services programs. Noncredit internships, both paid and unpaid, are also a popular and helpful way for graduate students to gain experience in their chosen field of study. Information on all types of internships and field experiences is readily available on the CCS website, in the CCS's resource library, and from department chairs or program directors.