Student Affairs

Leveraging On and Off-Campus Employment to Prepare Students for Their Careers

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

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John F. Kennedy is quoted as saying, "When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity" (Howell, 2014). Like many things that are widely reported or commonly believed, it is really only partially true. But also like many other modern folklore, its virality is driven by the eternal truth that is embedded within it: that we can choose how we experience change. We can see it as danger or we can see it as opportunity.

One such paradox is the number of hours worked by today's college students. With costs rising and more economically disadvantaged groups taking the opportunity to go to college, students are undoubtedly working more hours than ever before. At the same time, higher education has faced increased scrutiny from many key stakeholders as to how effectively we prepare students for their careers. Could this be an opportunity disguised as a danger?

At Stephen F. Austin State University, we have been developing initiatives to help students connect what they are learning from their employment experiences on and off-campus to the development of skills desired by employers. Grounded in data from Project CEO, a national benchmarking study, this webinar will provide compelling models for implementing this and similar programs on campus.


  • Understand the advantages of focusing on student employment. These include the number of students who could be potentially affected and the fact that federal work-study students are also frequently from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Be exposed to compelling models for helping students consider how their employment experiences are prompting skill development in the competency areas desired by employers.
  • Understand how to build coalitions on their campuses to implement similar programs.


  • Career Development/Career Services Professionals
  • Student Activities Professionals
  • Student Organization Advisors
  • Student Affairs Assessment Staff
  • Mid-Level Professionals
  • Senior Professionals


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 currently serves as President for the Texas Association of College Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) and as State Director for Texas of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has previously served as Chair of the Texas Deans of Students Association. His book, "Project CEO: Demonstrating the Impact of Cocurricular Experiences on the Skills Employers Demand" is being published by NASPA Press and will come out in early 2017. He is the author of more than twenty scholarly articles, five book chapters and has presented more than seventy-five national and international webinars.

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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