Student Affairs

Engagement & Employability: Connecting Career Outcomes to Cocurricular Experiences

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Adam Peck
Price: $50.00

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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.

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:  

  • 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 serves as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University where he worked with key stakeholders on a board-level committee to evaluate and measurably improve school spirit on campus.

Peck is also President and CEO of APEX Educational Programs, LLC, a consulting company that helps colleges and universities identify barriers to improving school spirit. He has consulted with public and private universities in efforts to study campus culture and values and provide recommendations for how institutions of higher education can meaningfully engage with students.

A former stand-up and improvisational comedian, Peck is a dynamic speaker who infuses his presentations with creativity and humor. He has presented at numerous national conferences, provided keynotes for a wide variety of groups and conducted more than 30 national webinars. 

Peck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.

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