The Career Champions program is a professional development opportunity for faculty and instructors to learn tangible ways to add career connection in the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first generation students, students of color, and low-income students. Our curriculum was developed collaboratively with a cross-campus group of teaching and professional faculty.

Career Champions is run in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Career Development Center. Over the course of six weeks, a cohort of 14-15 faculty/instructors will participate in one synchronous session per week and one-two asynchronous hours of work on their own. At the end of the course participants will have completed:

  • a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) competency map to align their curriculum with career readiness competencies
  • the development of a NACE career competency statement for their syllabi
  • the redesign of an activity or assignment of their choice
  • an individual action plan that outlines the other changes they will make to their course and why

Applicants should have completed some form of diversity, equity, and inclusion training at OSU or elsewhere. Applicants need not be DEI experts but should have some familiarity with DEI concepts. Career Champions is accepting applications November 16 - December 3, 2021. Apply here.  The winter 2022 cohort will convene January 18 - February 25. Participants must be available for all sessions to be accepted to the program. Synchronous sessions will occur on Fridays. Session time will be selected by the accepted cohort participants based on their availability on Fridays.

This program was originally piloted as part of the Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment (BGEE) project with the University Innovation Alliance. The University Innovation Alliance is a coalition of public research universities committed to increasing the number and diversity of college graduates. Over 50 students were interviewed for BGEE, and they overwhelming stated that they wanted to learn more about career opportunities and pathways from their faculty members. Career Champions is grateful to our extensive list of former committee members. In particular we’d like to recognize the final pilot team:

  • Charlene Martinez, Associate Director of Student Experiences and Engagement* (curriculum development, long-time team member over the course of the project, essential in program creation, design, and ethos)
  • Liddy Detar, Senior Instructor and Academic Advisor* (curriculum development)
  • Scott Paja, former Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Employer Relations in the College of Engineering*  (curriculum development, long-time team member over the course of the project)
  • Kenton Hokanson, Instructor, Research Associate, and Director of Electrophysiology Core Facility (recruitment and assessment, assistance with Canvas)
  • Brian Fronk, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (recruitment and assessment)
  • Jeff Kenney, Director of Institutional Education for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (curriculum development and consultant)

*pilot facilitator

Career Champions Facilitators:

  • Brenna Gomez, University Innovation Alliance Fellow, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Jonathan Stoll, Director of Career Education, Career Development Center

Program Coordinators:

  • Brandi Fuhrman, Executive Director, Career Development Center
  • Brenna Gomez, University Innovation Alliance Fellow, Office of Academic Affairs