College’s Faculty Featured in Course Promoting Career Readiness
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Franklin College faculty were recently featured in a national training program to promote excellence in career readiness initiatives at colleges and universities.  The college was one of only five higher learning institutions in the nation to be selected through a fiercely competitive application process. 

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), an organization founded in 2014 to promote faculty training programs at higher learning institutions, recently developed a new online course, “Career Guidance and Readiness.” The course encompasses two custom modules to showcase best practices in preparing students for careers.  Franklin College faculty were showcased in both modules.

Institutions around the country submitted proposals to the Council of Independent College’s (CIC) Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance.  Select institutions were then recommended for participation to ACUE based on the proposal’s ability to communicate goals and a strategic plan, demonstrate support from institutional leadership, and provide a plan by which faculty would be credentialed and commit to measuring outcomes.

Penny MacCormack, Ph.D., chief academic officer for ACUE, leads the development of the organization’s online courses.  She was responsible for final selection of the institutions to be featured in the “Career Guidance and Readiness” course.

“The faculty at Franklin were very effective and clearly had a defined goal to prepare students for the future,” MacCormack said. “Franklin was so impressive, warm, welcoming and dedicated to students.”

The modules in the course were recently introduced to colleges and universities around the country, where ACUE helps to implement them as part of the institutions’ student success plans. Upon completion, faculty earn a Certificate in Effective Instruction with a Concentration in Career Guidance and Readiness. MacCormack said over 500 higher-learning instructors across 26 institutions are now enrolled.

The videos include interviews with Kristin Flora, Ph.D., division head of social sciences and associate professor of psychology; Jamie Bromley, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of psychology; and Dan Callon, Ph.D., professor of mathematics. They also showcase Franklin college students.

Brooke Worland, assistant provost and dean of engaged learning at the college, was also featured in one of the modules.

“I think professors can advise students best because we have more of those touch points with our students, whether that’s in the classroom, in informal hallway conversations, through advising appointments,” Flora said in the ACUE’s “Embedding Career Guidance Into Your Course” module. “We have the opportunity to learn a lot about a student’s interests, experience and passions.”

The second module, “Developing Students’ Career-Ready Skills,” also features a testimonial from Franklin College alumnus Tyler Knight, associate director of Covance, a drug development and pharmaceuticals company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

“I do a lot of hiring of people out of school or recently out of school and I know what to look for,” Knight said. “I often tell people grades will get you in the door for an interview, but I want to hear about things like real-world applications, and that’s what will sell our students to the workforce.”

“I am proud of our Franklin College faculty because they understand that the liberal arts and professional development are not mutually exclusive,” Worland said. “They help students visualize and experience the connections between classroom learning and professional goals. Our faculty increasingly work with community partners to ensure Franklin College students are prepared for the next destination on their career pathways.”

Worland noted the project completed by the college and ACUE speaks to the strengths of the faculty she works with every day.

To view the introduction videos, please visit the ACUE’s Course in Career Guidance and Readiness webpage.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


Written by Pulliam Fellow Erica Irish ’21

POSTED Nov 5, 2018