Tim Lacy, PhD

I've been around Loyola, off and on, for over 15 years as a graduate student, student advisor, and adjunct professor. Since September 2012, however, I've been at Stritch. Here I'm an academic support advisor and an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education. During four years away from Loyola, from 2008 to 2012, I worked at UIC and Monmouth College. At both institutions I was involved research on the history of medicine and teaching history to undergraduates. My PhD and MA are in history (U.S., history of education, intellectual and cultural history), but my undergraduate work was in hard sciences. I earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

With Stritch students I put my experiences in advising, the sciences, and the humanities to work by first obtaining the fullest possible understanding of your present situation. This means a lot of interactive listening. I listen, ask some questions, and listen some more. After we figure out where you are---and how you got there---we can go to work on solutions. Fixes are sometimes be effective immediately, but most take time. Sometimes we reach fruitful conclusions in one meeting, and sometimes several sessions are involved. Changing one's habits, study strategies, and exam strategies, is hard. If our work proves ineffective, or when I believe a student needs to hear another voice, I'm happy to make referrals Dr. Hopps, Dean Mendez, or Dean Sonntag.