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Faculty Learning Community

Faculty Learning Community: Facilitating Student Career Development

Faculty Learning Community (FLC)  for Facilitating Student Career Development helps faculty and advisors identify opportunities to lead career-related conversations with students in their respective disciplines. Participants learn how to actively engage students in career development conversations and how to collaborate with institutional stakeholders engaged in career development work at OHIO. 

We recommend this FLC for faculty who have regular contact with students through advising, supervision, or research. This opportunity is best for faculty with an interest in building confidence and awareness in supporting students' career development in and out of the classroom. No previous skill or training in this area is necessary for participation.

By the end of the FLC experience, 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)

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. 

Application Process

In spring 2020, there will be two FLCs, with one offered face-to-face and a separate online cohort. All meetings for the online cohort will take place using Zoom, with no in-person meetings required. The online cohort is intended for faculty at the regional campuses and those teaching online. The face-to-face cohort will meet in-person on the Athens campus.

Apply for either FLC group (in-person or online cohort) by Friday, December 6, 2019 . Selected participants will be notified by Friday, December 20 regarding acceptance into the FLC cohorts for spring 2020. More information about the FLC and links to the application can be found on the Facilitating Student Career Development FLC web page hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Funding

All accepted participants who attend 80 percent of the FLC meetings will receive $1,000 in funding to support students’ career development. During the FLC, you will submit a formal proposal outlining how you will use the funds (including a budget) prior to the funds’ distribution at the conclusion of the FLC. The application will ask for ideas you have about fund use. This does not commit you to a single idea – you may develop an innovative approach during the course of the FLC.

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.