9th Annual Careers in Higher Education Conference
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs & the Higher Education Administration Program
09:30am – 10:00am - Check In and Breakfast, Ballroom B
10:00am – 10:15am - Welcome – Christine Szaraz, Ballroom B
Jia Wei Cao, Career Coach - Diversity Initiatives, Stony Brook University
Jia Wei is a double alumnus of Stony Brook University, earning a BS in Biology and an MA in Higher Education Administration. He was born in Shanghai, China, grew up in New York City, and has been living in Stony Brook for the last six years. Jia Wei was a graduate assistant for many departments on campus during his time in graduate school, such as the Academic Judiciary, Pre-Health Advising, and Undergraduate Biology. His passion for working with college students is inspired from his own experiences as a former student, where he had great advisors and mentors that guided him to where he is today.
Dr. Michael Bernstein - Interim President, Stony Brook University
Dr. Bernstein was appointed Interim President of Stony Brook University effective August 1, 2019. He served as Provost since October 2016, where he oversaw numerous initiatives aimed at supporting the University’s missions in research, scholarship, art-making, and teaching. President Bernstein came to Stony Brook from Tulane University where he served as the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost and Chief Academic Officer from 2007 through 2016. President Bernstein's teaching and research interests focus on the economic and political history of the United States, macroeconomic theory, industrial organization economics, and the history of economic theory.
Usama Shaikh, Vice President for Students Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Old Westbury
Usama serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer and Chief Diversity Officer. He coordinates initiatives to establish diversity and inclusive excellence as core values. Usama joined SUNY Old Westbury in 2009 as the Director of Residential Life. In 2014, Usama was promoted to the newly created role of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to joining SUNY Old Westbury, Usama served in Residence Life leadership roles at three other campuses. As an immigrant, first-generation student, Usama earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Binghamton University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from The Pennsylvania State University. He is working on his doctoral dissertation, “The impact of campus climate on Muslim student college experience”, at Fordham University.
Beth Mcguire, Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, Hofstra University
Beth McGuire joined the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University in March of 2015 and is Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. A graduate of Stony Brook University for both her bachelors and masters she has been in the field of Student Affairs for more than 20 years working in areas such as Residence Life, Housing, Judicial Affairs, Social Justice and First Year Connections. Outside work, Beth is a potter and abstract painter who also enjoys traveling with her husband Arthur. One of her favorite quotes is… “Travel is the only money spent that makes you richer.”
Tania Velazquez, College Director for Career Services, Suffolk County Community College
Tania Velazquez is a dedicated student affairs professional who has worked in both a large public university and community college. She is currently the College Director for Career Services at Suffolk County Community College. As a licensed Social Worker, Tania has functioned in various capacities in higher education ranging from working with at-risk student populations, Veterans, mental health, and career development. Tania is a published author and experienced presenter having presented at several local, regional and national conferences. Her research interest is on LatinX and women leadership empowerment and within the community college sector. Tania earned her AA in Liberal Arts at Suffolk County Community College, BS at SUNY at Geneseo, and an MSW with a specialization in Student Community Development at Stony Brook University.
Enjoy lunch and networking with each other and colleagues from Stony Brook.
Technology in Higher Education - SAC 302
Presenters: Catherine Scott, Assessment Specialist, CELT, Stony Brook University; Diana Voss, Director of Academic Technology Services, CELT, Stony Brook University
As online learning and technology continues to evolve to advance student engagement and success, who do the faculty turn to for support? Members of CELT’s (Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching) department, who are also Stony Brook alumnae, will share how technologists, instructional designers, and assessment experts work together with faculty to develop learning activities and support student success.
College Admissions in 2019: Ethics, Scandals, and Serving the Greater Good- SAC 303
Presenters: Stefan Hyman, Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Stony Brook University; Rob Pertusati, Associate Dean of Admissions, Stony Brook University
The college admissions scandal brought to the national spotlight important questions about ethics, including the roles of privilege and merit in the admissions process. It also raised awareness of the pressures felt by students (and their parents) to gain acceptances to "elite colleges" at nearly any cost. While clearly the most prominent story in the news, ethical questions pervade the profession as admissions counselors look to restore public trust and confidence. This session will begin with an overview of the scandal and dive into broader issues of ethics, access, and student success. How do admissions officers reconcile competing goals? How is merit being redefined as more colleges adopt test-optional admissions policies, and gain access to new data sources? How do we achieve equity in the college admissions process within a broader environment of haves and have nots in K-12 education?
Free Speech and Politics on College Campuses – SAC 304
Presenter: Suzanne Shane, JD, Associate Counsel, Stony Brook University
With an election year on the horizon, First Amendment issues are especially likely to come up at campuses across the country. In this session, Associate Counsel Suzanne Shane discusses what higher education professionals should know about this important issue.
Graduate Programs in Higher Education - SAC 302
Presenters: Dr. Rick Gatteau, VP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, HEA Faculty Director, Stony Brook University; Dr. Rob Mangione, Clinical Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership & Director of Undergraduate Education, Yeshiva University, HEA Associate Faculty Director, Stony Brook University
Join us to learn more about taking the graduate school plunge! We will look at graduate program opportunities, specifically in higher education and student affairs, including factors to consider in making your decision. We will explore employment opportunities, networking, professional associations, career advice, and emerging trends in higher education.
Beginning Your Job Search in Higher Education Administration - SAC 303
Presenter: Katie Sietz, Career Coach, Career Center, Stony Brook University
Welcome to the higher education job market! Can you identify the schools where you would like to work? Do you know how to find out about open positions? And when you apply, how can you stand out from the crowd of other applicants? This session will give you key strategies for securing your best-fit job, before or after finishing your master's degree.
Advancing Your Career in Higher Education Administration - SAC 304
Presenter: Marie Parziale, Senior Alumni Career Coach, Career Center, Stony Brook
This session is for mid-level and experienced professionals who are contemplating their next role. What does the larger marketplace of career options look like for experienced higher education administrators? What constraints exist for mid-level professionals and how can you effectively position yourself to make a move, internally or externally? How do you shift from one functional area to another? How do you position yourself for promotion?