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Date:April 10, 2012
Major, minor, and graduation year:Master of Science in Education; Guidance & Counseling, December 1998
Job Title:Dean of Students
Organization/ Place of work:Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Ashland Campus
-I am responsible for overall leadership and administration of the campus student services department, ensuring that all students have access to the full range of student services. I help provide college wide leadership in areas of student services. My position works collaboratively with students, divisional and academic deans, faculty, and staff to promote student success. Responsibilities include planning, staffing, implementing, assessing programs, policies, procedures and services.
My position also reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the local campus administrator.Lastly, I supervise non-instructional faculty, the manager of enrollment services, and supporting staff.
-I enjoy working with students and assisting with the development of services that will assist students in their success.
-The Dean of Students position requires a person to balance a variety of activities all at once, which can be challenging on some days.
-I spend the majority of my time in the office at my home campus.However, they are times when I travel to one of the other 4 campuses for meetings, etc.
I enjoy working in higher education and I was interested in making a difference in the lives of students by finding ways to promote and enhance their success.This position and my work as a counselor and mental health therapist have provided me with the skills to assume this next step in my career.
-I am an organized person which I think helps to balance and juggle the many aspects of this role.I am ethical when making decisions and will often ask myself, "Would I make this same exception for another staff member or student?"I also feel that I am approachable and can build relationships with ease.
-I was involved in the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.
-The following Master's degrees would be appropriate for this position:education, management, counseling, student personnel administration, student development, or a closely related field.
-I have been in this position for almost 3 years so I have been focused on learning and doing all of the aspects of this position well.I would like to continue to advance my career in the area of leadership.In order to pursue this goal, I will need to complete my doctoral studies.
-I think the best advice I have received from a supervisor is to "be myself and to know my values and how they may affect my decision making."
-Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and make the most of it.I have utilized every aspect of my degree from higher education to mental health therapy.I have learned so much after college and truly enjoy my current position as I have all the others.I would also suggest that when you feel you need more of a challenge, find one, and take it.
-I was a bit of an overachiever and took every class that piqued my interest.I valued every class and feel they have prepared me for the future.
-In my experience, and for the direction I took in my career, I would agree that a masters or doctorate degree is needed to get your foot in the door.
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