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Facilitating Student Career Development Faculty Learning Community

The Facilitating Student Career Development Faculty Learning Community (FLC) helps faculty and staff build confidence and skills in leading career-related conversations with students in any discipline. Participants in the third cohort of this FLC will learn how to actively engage students in career development. Preparing students for success during their time in college is central to our work as educators. With the many paths students take to pursue interests and opportunities, supporting exploration and ways for students to gain experience can feel overwhelming.

The Facilitating Student Career Development FLC will teach participants how to actively engage students in career-focused conversations and how to collaborate with institutional stakeholders engaged in career development work at OHIO. This FLC is led by the Career and Leadership Development Center, with support from prior FLC participants.

Participants will explore the following questions throughout the course of the FLC:

  • What experiences have you had related to students seeking career guidance?
  • What is the role of faculty and advisors in facilitating career development conversations with students?
  • How can supporting your students' career development impact your own professional success?
  • How can supporting your students' career development impact your department’s success?
Faculty Learning Community Application Link

Intended Outcomes

By the end of fall semester 2021, participants will:

  • Identify a personal strategy to intentionally engage students in career planning and career development conversations both in and out of the classroom
  • Communicate examples of when to help students connect with other resources relevant to career development
  • Review successful career readiness strategies from colleagues in other disciplines
  • Create an artifact demonstrating the value of a degree in their discipline (e.g., student outcome information, marketing materials for recruiting events)

Additional Information

Timeline: The cohort will meet throughout spring 2021 and fall 2021 and will be capped at 12 participants.

Funding: All accepted participants who attend the majority of FLC meetings will receive $1,000 in funding to support students’ career development. You will be required to submit a formal proposal outlining how you will use the funds (including a budget) prior to the funds’ distribution. Examples of appropriate fund use include designing a career-related program for students, creating guides for current students, and developing marketing materials that communicate the value of the discipline to prospective students.

Materials: Readings will be distributed electronically through Blackboard prior to meetings for your review.

Time commitment: Expect to spend one to two hours weekly preparing for monthly meetings and testing strategies in your work with students.

Application Process: Applications for the Facilitating Student Career Development FLC are due by Friday, November 20th. Interested faculty are encouraged to contact Imants Jaunarajs, assistant vice president and executive director for the Career & Leadership Development Center, at jaunaraj@ohio.edu with questions. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, December 4th.

Program Facilitators

The in-person FLC will be co-facilitated by Imants Jaunarajs and Lindsey Ward, with special assistance from Tim Vickers from the Center for Teaching & Learning. The online cohort will be co-facilitated by Zach McGrain and Imants Jaunarajs.

Imants Jaunarajs
Imants serves as the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director for the Career & Leadership Development Center (CLDC).

Zach McGrain (online cohort)
Zach serves as the Associate Director for Career Development Integration in the CLDC.

Lindsey Ward
Lindsey serves as the Associate Director for Leadership, Inclusion, and Staff Training in the CLDC.


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