Bethani Burkhart, Director, Career and Academic Development
B.A., Tiffin University;
M.H., Tiffin University
Adam Santavy, Coordinator of Academic Development
B.A., M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Craig Wilkinson, Assistant Director of Career Development
B.A., The University of Mount Union;
M.A., Ohio University;
M.A. Ed., The University of Akron
Career and Academic Development - Academic Development
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 his/her 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 and Academic Development - 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.
HIRAM 101: HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE ~ Starting college can be like moving to a foreign country without knowing the language or the customs. This course introduces elements that first-year students need to adjust to the college setting and become successful managers of their own education and lives. Topics covered include identifying short- and long-term goals, finding your way around campus, learning and using the language of the Hiram College environment, reading a syllabus and assignments, creating a study plan and managing your time, reaching out to professors, knowing who to go to when you need help (academic, financial, personal), becoming an active learner, and managing stress and anxiety. Students will be required to attend all classes, participate in discussions and activities, complete assignments, and write a short essay concerning their experience at Hiram College.
MAKING CONNECTIONS:TRANSFER STUDENTS ~ This course is specifically designed to provide transfer students an ongoing orientation to college life at Hiram.
MAKING CONNECTIONS:INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ~ This course will build upon the discussions begun during International Student Orientation on topics relevant to navigating Hiram College and life in the U.S. In addition to short readings, class discussions, and reflection essays, students will be encouraged to actively engage in campus activities and off-campus excursions.
CONNECTING TO AND THROUGH HIRAM COLLEGE ~ Attaining a college degree is a major accomplishment. Whether you are completing a bachelor’s degree following your associate degree at a community college, coming back to school after many years, or embarking on your college journey for the first time, this course is designed to help you make that transition successfully. Not only will this course include topics like time management skills and navigating the challenges that go along with being an adult learner, balancing school with work and life responsibilities, but it will also explore the roots of a liberal arts education. What does that mean? Why is it important to know? What are the benefits? Finally, this course will begin your journey through Hiram Connect, a program of experiential learning and reflection that focuses on fundamental questions like where do you want to go in this life and who do you want to be?
EXPERIMENTS IN EFFECTIVE LEARNING~ This course will emphasize basic learning theories and their practical application as they relate to the mastery of content material in a student's current courses. Students will study a hierarchical model of learning and knowledge mastery. Students will refine their abilities to develop study strategies and time management plans, which they will analyze and execute in their current courses. The course will also focus on the process of active versus passive knowledge mastery, as well as collaborative, student-centered models of learning. Pass/No Credit ONLY.
EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE ~ Have you wondered which fork to use at a fancy restaurant? Have you been unsure of how to email a supervisor or potential employer? Do you wish you had a better idea of how to deal with others who are rude to you? In this course we will use examples from some of our favorite literary characters to analyze how we treat one another, how we treat ourselves, and how we are accountable for our actions. Students will leave this course with a better understanding of civility and etiquette.
EXPLORING MAJORS AND CAREERS~ This course will present an overview of the issues involved in career planning. Students will participate in self-assessment activities to identify their interests, abilities and values. They will also learn research techniques which will help them explore career options. Pass/No Credit Only.
LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE~ This course is designed for students who are current leaders or who have had significant leadership experience on campus. The course provides a forum for those students to apply leadership theory to their own experiences in leadership positions. Students will read case studies, participate in field experiences and complete extensive writings on leadership and theory.
Prerequisite: STDV 12000
HONEST CONVERSATIONS~ This course will provide an opportunity for students to examine the concept and history of dialogue as a change agent. In addition, they will be participating in an active study circle group. One topic will be addressed in each section including: Racism and Race Relations, Violence in Our Communities, Civil Rights for Gays and Lesbians, and Education in our Communities. This class may not be repeated for credit. Pass/No Credit Only.
STUDENT SUCCESS ~ This course will equip students with the tools, knowledge and resources to improve their academic performance. Students will have an opportunity to meet and hear from several representatives of on-campus student support services and explore topics common to students
WORKSHOP~ This workshop will provide the opportunity for students to examine a special topic in Student Development. Through readings, discussions and written assignments there will be opportunities to evaluate the topic at issue. Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only. (For CAS students only.)
MONEY MONEY MONEY FINANCIAL SURVIVAL SKILLS~ This course will address many critical personal financial management topics in order to help students learn prudent habits both while in school and for their lifetimes. Some of the topics that will be explored include: basic cash management, credit (including credit scores and reports), savings, investing, compound interest and the impact of interest rates. The course is activity-based with emphasis on the student's life as the basis for their work. (Please note: this course was based upon and modified from a 3-credit course developed by the University of Wisconsin in conjunction with Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation with approval.) This course is Pass/No Credit only.
EFFECTIVE LEARNING, REFLECTIVE LEARNING ~ This course trains students both to be more engaged and effective learners even as they work to be consciously and regularly self-reflective to understand how their college education integrates with other aspects of their life. * Effective Learning: Students will gain an understanding of basic learning theories and their practical application as they relate to the mastery of content material in a student's current courses. Students will refine their abilities to develop study strategies and time management plans, which they will analyze and execute in their current courses. The course will also focus on the process of active versus passive knowledge mastery, as well as collaborative, student-centered models of learning. * Reflective Learning: Students will look beyond daily work in the classroom to see how class content connects to other aspects of their lives, including their place in the community and their future calling and career. Students will be required to attend all classes, participate in discussions and activities, complete written work and other assignments, keep an online reflective journal of their academic and collegiate experience, and to write a final essay concerning their experience in at Hiram College.
PUTTING YOUR MAJOR TO WORK~ Experts predict most adults will have between five and seven careers in their adult lives. This course teaches basic lifelong job search skills including skills identification, targeting employers, resume writing, correspondence in the job search, networking, and interviewing. Pass/No Credit Only.
STEPS TO GRADUATE SCHOOL~ This new one credit Student Development course is recommended for juniors and seniors who will be graduating within the next year. We will examine the important decision about attending graduate and professional school from several angles. First – is graduate or professional school the right step to take? What are the intellectual, career and personal advantages of gaining another degree? How will additional education enhance and/or focus your strong liberal arts background? Further, what are the challenges and downsides – the time, the added loans, the challenging curriculum, the job market in your field? Second – the course will clearly identify the steps to take to research and apply to grad school including topics such as exploring the wide variety of grad school programs, working closely with faculty advisers, preparing for the dreaded testing, the application process, funding options, and the final decision. Students will come out of the course with a clear set of steps to take to move their educational plans forward. Pass/No credit Only. This class is recommended for juniors and seniors.
Bethani M Burkhart, Director of Career and Academic Development
B.A., M.S., Tiffin University
Ed A Frato-Sweeney, Director of Residential Education and Commuter Services
B.Phil., M.A., Miami University
Nicole R Gatrell, Professional Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor
B.A., Kent State University;
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University
Ella W Kirk, (1993) Professor of French; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
B.A., Ball State University;
M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Elizabeth M Okuma, (1998) Senior Vice President and Dean of Students
B.S., Bowling Green State University;
M.Ed., University of Georgia;
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Kirsten L Parkinson, (2001) Professor of English; Director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature; Coordinator of Gender Studies Minor; Co-Coordinator of Film Studies Minor
A.B., Harvard University;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California;
Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California
Adam D Santavy, Coordinator of Academic Development
B.A., M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie A Simpson, Director of Emerging Scholars
B.A., Flagler College;
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Detra E West, Associate Dean of Students; Director of Diversity and Inclusion
B.S., Valdosta State University;
M.A., Cleveland State University;
DLS, Gestalt Institute of Greater Cleveland