Professional & Academic Development (PAD) Office

Wave Leadership College is committed to helping students flourish not only while enrolled as a student, but in the months and years to follow. The WLC Professional and Academic Development Office is designed to provide information and guidance on the steps necessary to reach academic and career goals. This service is open to full-time students, part-time students, and alumni.

Professional Advising

PAD advisors are available to meet with students, as needed, to help coach and advise in the areas of resume writing, interview preparation, professional etiquette, job searching, financial management, and college transfer options.

Academic Advising

PAD advisors are available for regular meetings, as needed, to discuss time management, give class schedule advice, and study skill strategies. Students may also use this service to test for and/or discuss learning disabilities and helpful accomodations.

Writing Center

PAD advisors are available to aid in thesis development, help with an outline, paper concept support, reviewing drafts, assistance with Turabian formatting, and/or any other writing assistance they may need.


Located in the northeast corner of the Wave Convention Center, adjacent to the administrative offices, the WLC Library offers students, faculty, and staff a quiet place to read, study, conduct research, and write. Computers are available for student use, and wi-fi is available with a WLC password. The library is open during regular business hours. Circulation desk hours vary from semester to semester and are posted in the library. Materials may be checked out at other times through the administrative offices. Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff members, as well as their spouses, may borrow materials during regular circulation desk hours.  To contact our librarian: Sasha Matthews, please dial 757-401-6129 or email


For guidance on conducting primary and secondary research, consult with a WLC Library staff member, or visit the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). The WLC Library contains a variety of print and online resources.

Writing & Citing

Unless an instructor advises otherwise, the preferred formatting style for all WLC research papers is Turabian (Chicago Manual of Style). The WLC Library contains several copies of Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition) which will be helpful for those seeking a detailed listing and explanation of guidelines.

For a quick reference, review the Wave Leadership College Writing Guide. For additional help, visit the OWL at Purdue’s guide to the CMS 16th edition.