• Four Ways to Develop Stronger Faculty Partnerships

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    April 17, 2013

    The efforts of your career center can be bolstered by working with faculty members who understand and appreciate that both parties want to help students reach their personal, academic, and professional goals. Better advising will result from sharing knowledge and information between two areas that traditionally do not have the need to partner closely, says Renée Glass-Starek, director of CareerWorks at Seton Hill University.

    Here, Glass-Starek provides some tips to help career services form strong partnerships with faculty:

    • Share the budget—Consider inviting faculty to collaborate and combine monetary resources for a mutual benefit. For example, career services might be interested in purchasing a costly online career-planning resource. Find out if faculty members who teach first-year students would incorporate the career planning resource into their classes and split the cost.
    • Provide graduate and professional school advising support—Faculty may often take the lead on graduate and professional school advising. Connect with those individuals to determine how your office could assist. Brainstorm resources to offer through the career center that would help students research graduate programs. Consider becoming a host site for free graduate school sample tests through an organization such as Kaplan. Offer to review personal statements or graduate essays for students, and provide targeted mock interviews for graduate school, medical school, dental school, and so forth.
    • Enlist faculty to teach outside the classroom—When planning events and workshops, consider including faculty as speakers or panelists. Faculty members can provide great insight on their own academic areas for programs centered on choosing a major. Imagine an academic majors fair where faculty could staff tables to market their departments and majors to prospective or current students.
    • Visit each other—Make it a goal to visit at least one academic area periodically. Introduce yourself to faculty you may not know and make contact with those you do know. Read bulletin boards and show an interest in the department. If the opportunity exists, attend a faculty meeting to learn more about their majors and to market your office. Create ways to entice faculty to visit your area, too. Plan a faculty social in career services to facilitate the process of engaging with faculty members.

    For more on developing faculty partnerships, see Renée Glass-Starek’s article “Bridge the Gap Between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs: The A to Z of Partnering With Faculty,” which will appear in the May 2013 issue ofNACE Journal.

Four Ways to Develop Stronger Faculty Partnerships