Meet Troy Kase, Director of Albion's Career and Internship Center
How does Albion's Career and Internship Center help students with career planning?
If you look at our mission statement, you can see that it is inherent that we provide tools and empowerment for students to explore and achieve their goals. To that extent, we provide career counseling, access to thousands of internship and job postings, connections with alumni, and opportunities to meet with employers.
What have you noticed about Albion students since arriving?
I believe that you can learn a lot about a student, or in this case, a student population through their resumes. I noticed how involved students were with on-campus leadership positions, research opportunities, internships, and jobs. I also started to see how connected Albion students are in the community of Albion through mentoring at Harrington Elementary, and other volunteer and internship experiences.
What's one thing students can do to start on their career path?
Take control. Really, it is about that simple. Students have an incredible amount of resources available to them on campus.
First, students need to learn about themselves.This is why the first component of the Albion Advantage is "Explore Your Interests." Included in this is getting to know your values and abilities. The Career and Internship Center has worked with all FYE students in learning more about their personality. This year, we are helping to administer the O*Net Interest Inventory which is a great tool that has direct ties from their interests to various careers. Additionally, we have the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, O*Net Values Inventory, Values Card Sort, and Personality Mosaic.
While these are great tools, they cannot replace the one-on-one attention that students will receive when they come and see us in the office. Of course, these tools are also presented in group settings including in the classroom.
How can alumni and parents help students with networking?
Alumni and parents have been a lot of fun to work with on this campus. They are passionate supporters of Albion and want to assist students. Specifically, we have the Briton Career Connections event and the mentoring group on LinkedIn. The Briton Career Connections will be launched for the first time this fall. Alumni and parents will connect with students and help them learn more about their own career paths, advice on how to proceed in a similar field, and possible connections to jobs and internships.
Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Tenure-Track position in Biochemistry
Albion College is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in the Department of Chemistry beginning in August 2015.
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A Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Chemistry is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry or the chemistry of biological systems. The preferred candidate will also be able to contribute to either our inorganic or analytical chemistry curricula.
Teaching responsibilities include courses within our biochemistry and general chemistry programs and the opportunity to develop courses in one’s specialty. In addition, Albion offers opportunities for faculty members to be involved in the First Year Seminar program or curricular involvement in the Honors Program and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to our undergraduate research program, including membership on thesis committees and the active direction of undergraduates in collaborative research projects. Support for developing an active research agenda is provided through start-up funds, departmental support, regular access to the College’s Faculty Development funds, participation in Albion’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity (FURSCA), and through pursuit of external grants.
The Chemistry Department at Albion College is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a stimulating teaching environment. The eight faculty members have a long tradition of commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates. There are two majors: a chemistry major and a biochemistry major. The curriculum, although traditional in many respects, has some novel features including a systematic introduction to inorganic chemistry in the second semester of the first year and a second-year organic course emphasizing mechanism. Extensive use of discovery and research-based experiments is made throughout the laboratory curriculum. Departmental instrumentation includes a 400 MHz FT-NMR, GC-MS (2), GC, HPLC-MS (electrospray), HPLC, Biochromatograhy System, IC, FT-IR, digital polarimeter, scanning UV-Vis, diode array UV-VIS (3), UV/Vis-Fluorescence microplate reader, fluorescence spectrometer, and electroanalytical instruments. (See http://www.albion.edu/chemistry/campus-facilities for more information on our facilities including our recently completed Science Complex.)
Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1300 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.
To apply, e-mail a curriculum vitae, photocopies of both graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests and how they would be integrated into an undergraduate setting, and three letters of reference to
. Review of applications will begin October 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the College or the Chemistry Department see www.albion.edu/chemistry.
Dr. Craig R. Bieler, Co-Chair
Department of Chemistry
Albion, MI 49224