Career Readiness Seminar

Dr. Larry Ben describes the hiring process for Greenland School DistrictSynetra Morris from Root Elementary (Fayetteville) serves on a professional panelKayLee Simmons from the Career Development Center leads a workshop on preparing for an interview

In Spring 2017 we hosted our first-ever Career Readiness Seminar. This event was a collaboration between the Office of Teacher Education, Education Renewal Zone, Career Development Center, U of A faculty and students from all teacher preparation programs, and Northwest Arkansas district/school partners.  

The seminar focused primarily on preparing our full-time teacher candidates for the application, interview, and hiring process in order to help them feel more confident as they navigate the search for a teaching job. Local district and school partners played an integral part in the implementation of this event by providing information on the hiring process, as well as serving on professional panels to field student-submitted questions.

Click through the links below to view presentations and professional panels from the event!

 Click here to view the following:

1.) Opening Session (55:34 - 1:03:30)

2.) Application processes for:

- Greenland School District (Dr. Larry Ben - Superintendent - 1:03:30 - 1:16:21),

- Rogers Public Schools (Dr. Roger Hill - Assistant Superintendent for HR - 1:16:21 - 1:38:10),

- Fayetteville Public Schools (Greg Mones - Director of HR - 1:38:21 - 1:58:51)

3.) Professional Panel #1 (2:16:00)

 Click here to view a professional panel including: Dr. Jared Cleveland (Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources for Springdale Public Schools, Lisa Morrison (Assistant Principal at Ramay Junior High), and Michael Tapee (Math Teacher at Hellstern Middle School)
  Click here to view a professional panel including: Jeremy Yates (Assistant Principal at Bentonville West High School), Karen Steen (Principal at Rogers Heritage High School), Stephanie Pinkerton (Assistant Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools), and Bobby Smith (Assistant Principal at Fayetteville High School)
Click here to view the Career Development Center's presentation on Interview Skills for Teachers
Click here to view the Career Development Center's presentation on How to Work a Career Fair


Take a look at the quotes below from seminar participants!

The Career Readiness Seminar was a wonderful experience! It was a very interactive experience, and I left feeling more confident about obtaining a teaching position in the near future. – Danielle Phillips (Childhood Education Teacher Candidate)

I am incredibly proud of the UA staff who orchestrated this event. Their hard work paid off! Hearing from administrators regarding hiring practices and effective interview techniques was one of the most meaningful parts of this event. - Sheri Deaton (Clinical Instructor for Family & Consumer Sciences Education)

I appreciated the opportunity to share hiring information with the soon to be graduates.  The timing of the seminar was very appropriate (actually perfect!).  The students were very attentive and asked great questions.  From a hiring district perspective I appreciated the University's initiative to provide this conversation / information to your students so they can be well-prepared for the upcoming applying, interviewing and hiring process.  I wish I would have been provided this opportunity/information during my last semester of college! Great day! – Roger Hill (Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for Rogers Public Schools)