Career Impact Award
Brought to you by Career Services
The Career Impact Award annually recognizes one faculty and one staff member who have gone above and beyond in encouraging and supporting the career exploration, readiness and success of U of I students.
Career Services believes all faculty and staff at U of I play an integral role in preparing students for career success. This award is offered annually to one faculty member and one staff member whose work helps advance Career Services' mission to provide U of I students and alumni with services and resources that empower them as they make critical life decisions and pursue career success.
2022-23 Faculty Winners
Professor of International Studies, Director of the Martin Institute
Over the 20+ years that Bill has worked at University of Idaho, he has provided students with a remarkable educational experience that encourages them to realize their potential and find work they are passionate about. He has implemented novel pedagogical practices, for example, the walking oral exam where students walk and talk with him as part of their semester wrap-up to learn to do exactly the sort of behavior that networking often requires. To be clear in articulating what they know and understand, which is part and parcel of the "elevator" talk, we all know it is critical to success.
Professor, Department of Geological Studies
Early in Jerry’s U of I career, he noted that students in Geosciences were not receiving what he thought was needed mentoring and instruction relative to career choices. In response, he began to set aside a few lectures in each course to be devoted to things such as deciding if graduate school was an appropriate choice, what career opportunities were available and what skills students should focus on in order to be successful in those careers. Student response encouraged Jerry to undertake a more ambitious plan. While he still includes the career-focused lectures in each course, he also set out to introduce curricular elements that could provide what students need.
2022-23 Staff Winner
Director of Recruitment and Stakeholder Engagement, CNR
Mindy, the CNR Director of Recruitment and Stakeholder Engagement, is a remarkable individual who goes above and beyond to support students’ involvement in searching for and gaining hands-on, experiential learning, as well as advising them through obstacles and challenges. Her commitment to helping students find their place in the world of natural resources is evident in her approach to working with students. One of Mindy’s greatest strengths is her ability to connect with students and understand their motivations for pursuing careers in natural resources. She takes the time to talk to each student, delving deeper into their interests and skill sets, and encourages them to gain as much hands-on experience as possible.
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Schiele involves undergraduates in research early in their academic careers, which helps introduce students to possible career options and paths. He regularly meets with students to talk about their career objectives and helps them plan for a purposeful life after graduation. In addition, he constantly encourages students to apply for grants, conferences and outreach opportunities.
Culture, Society and Justice
Pilgeram reorganized a senior capstone course into two tracks — one for students applying for graduate school and a second for students who will be leaving the university and looking for work. Not only has she redesigned the course to benefit student’s career needs, but she has emphasized practical and personal skills in the process. In addition, each week she has a different alumnus talk about how they pursued and found work after leaving University of Idaho.
Academic Advising Advisor — CLASS
Becker invites her students to consider their unique values and articulate their life goals both within the context of higher education and beyond. Recently, Becker has created a pilot major exploration program that is focused on discovery and uses interactive cards to narrow in on majors of interest.
Eligibility and Nomination
This award is open to all U of I faculty and staff across the state (Career Services staff are not eligible). Anyone from U of I can nominate (including students and alumni). Award recipients will receive a monetary award, recognition and a plaque from Career Services.
Questions? Contact Career Services at 208-885-6121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.