Student Affairs

Engagement & Employability: Connecting Career Outcomes to Cocurricular Experiences

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Adam Peck
Price: $108.00

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In this session, Adam Peck will discuss lessons from his recent book from NASPA Press titled, “Engagement & Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education.” The book includes contributions from six professional associations in higher education and focuses on how different functional areas in student affairs can integrate career learning into cocurricular experiences. The book is timely and relevant as overcoming the lack of understanding about and confidence in higher education and student affairs is a critical issue that must be addressed.

The webinar focuses on a national effort to connect career development to participation outside of the classroom. Called, "Project CEO (cocurricular experience outcomes)" this project has engaged more than 50 institutions and more than 20,000 college students. Using the ten skills identified in an annual survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the group's research has connected the development of these skills to participation in a variety of cocurricular experiences.

This session will present a variety of models for applying what has been learned through this project - with real examples from campuses around the country for infusing career development into cocurricular experiences. Examples from participation in student organizations, collegiate recreation, student activities, service and leadership programs and more will be discussed.

Brief outline: 

  1. Welcome/Introduction
  2. What are career skills and where can students gain them?
  3. How can we build career skills into existing programs?
  4. What sorts of new programs should we be developing to infuse career skills?
  5. Question and Answer
  6. Conclusion

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Be able to describe the ten skills identified by NACE as most desired by employers.
  2. Identify strategies for helping students develop and articulate these skills through participation in cocurricular programs.
  3. Be able to develop a plan to implement these strategies on their own campus.
  4. Be able to use cocurricular mapping to plan learning experiences along all ten dimensions.

Who should attend:  What groups of student affairs professionals are you targeting?

  • Student Activities Professionals
  • Student Organization Professionals
  • Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • Student Organization Advisers
  • Collegiate Recreation Professionals
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Professionals
  • Community Service/Service Learning Professionals
  • Student Government Advisers
  • Multicultural Educators
  • Student Leadership Educators
  • Student Union Personnel
  • Student Affairs Assessment Professionals

Presenter biography:

Dr. Adam Peck has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas since 2008 and has been a student affairs practitioner for more than 20 years. He is the author of more than twenty scholarly articles, five book chapters and has presented more than 100 national and international webinars. He served as editor and co-author of the forthcoming book, “Engagement & Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education” (NASPA Press, March 2017). 

Dr. Peck is a frequent presenter at national conferences and speaks regularly at colleges and universities around the country about topics as varied as infusing High-Impact Experiences into the co-curriculum, co-curricular mapping, critical thinking, creativity, school spirit and assessment of student learning. He has held numerous leadership positions in professional associations. He currently serves as State Director of Texas for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and as Past President for the Texas Association of College Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA). He has previously served as Chair of the Texas Deans of Students Association.

Prior to serving in his current role, Dr. Peck served as Director of Student Life at Saint Louis University, Senior Student Affairs Administrator for the Texas Union at The University of Texas at Austin and as Director of Student Activities at McKendree College (now McKendree University). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

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