Bethani Burkhart, Director, Career and Academic Development
B.A., Tiffin University;
M.H., Tiffin University

Adam Santavy, Assistant Director of Academic Development
B.A., M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Academic Development

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Mission: The Career and Academic Development program is committed to helping the diverse population at Hiram become more effective and empowered learners and professionals. We promote understanding of course concepts, reinforce successful habits, provide high quality career and academic development experiences, and encourage active independent learning to help students and alumni reach their educational and career goals.

The following academic services are available to students free of charge:

Academic Counseling: Students who take advantage of this service will work one on one with professional staff to establish personally meaningful goals, develop an individualized self-management system, and learn effective study strategies based on their unique learning style. Students who participate will be engaged in a team effort with their professors, their faculty advisor, and other essential college resources to assist them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

Peer Tutoring: Academic Development offers a variety of free tutoring options for all students. Academic Resource Center at Hinsdale (ARCH) Tutoring is a drop-in peer tutoring service that occurs Monday-Thursday from 8-10pm in Hinsdale Hall. Student may come in at any time to ask questions and receive assistance with course material and study skills. One-to-one peer tutoring is also available. The student meets with the same tutor for up to an hour a week to work on a specific subject. All tutors, who have taken and passed the course with an A or B, are hired and trained by professional staff, and are available for most subjects.

Student Success Programming: Designed to assist all students, Academic Development offers many presentations and workshops throughout the year on a variety of academic success topics. Staff collaborate with instructors, residence hall staff, and campus clubs and organizations to plan a variety of events.

The Writing Center: Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Swenson and located in the Lindsay-Crane Writing House, the Writing Center exists to support the school's comprehensive commitment to writing. Students in all courses are encouraged to bring papers to the Writing Center at any stage in the writing process for feedback. Writing assistants - skilled writers of almost every major trained to help students improve their writing - work with Hiram students on papers, writing assignments, capstone projects, and other written work. The Center is open in the afternoon and evening Sunday through Thursday. We also have satellite hours in the library on Monday and Thursday evening.

Career Planning

Hiram College recognizes that career planning is an important part of college. Career and Academic Development offers students opportunities to develop lifelong skills in self-assessment, the exploration process, and career planning techniques. Career and Academic Development offers individual career advising and three separate classes in career planning. The Career and Academic Development website includes extensive resources for career exploration and job searching, including access for students and alumni to Hiram CareerNet, our online employment and internship database.

Internships are an important part of the career planning process. Students work with their advisers and with Career and Academic Development to plan their internships. Hiram students have learned from internships in such diverse settings as the International Crane Foundation, the Smithsonian, NASA, and the Cleveland Browns. As students near graduation, they may participate in a wide range of activities to learn lifelong job-seeking skills. Workshops on resume and job-search writing, interviewing, and marketing liberal arts skills are held throughout the year. Career and Academic Development also assists students with applying to graduate school and the graduate school application process. In addition, employers and graduate school recruiters visit the campus to recruit students for graduate school programs, and full-time jobs and internships. Career and Academic Development participates in multiple consortium to provide our students and alumni access to employers through job and internship fairs throughout the region.