College Student Personnel program

Preparing For The Job Search

Alumni, friends, and partners of the CSP program have been instrumental in constructing a series of workshops for the students about the summer internship search, the professional job search, and transitioning from graduate school into full-time student affairs positions. Highlights of the program include;


A Job Search Panel providing an overview of the job search process from the perspective of recent CSP graduates and current fulltime professionals who regularly hire entry-level student affairs staff and serve on search committees. Featured speakers include Travis Greenlee ’13 (Assistant Director of Student Activities & Engagement, Knox College), Craig Wagner ’13 (Residence Hall Director, Buena Vista University), Kristen Wyse ’13 (Assistant Director of Student Activities, Simpson College), Sarah Jane Moschenross (Director of McNair Scholars, Knox College), Nikisha Anderson ’00 (Registrar, Illinois Central College) and Lindsay Adolphs ’10 (Associate Director of Career Services, Ashford University).


Interviewing for Student Affairs – Experienced student affairs professionals from WIU will share with tips and techniques for phone, video, and in-person interviews for both the internship and job search process. Featured speakers include Jessica Butcher ’96 (Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services), Ann Comerford (Director of University Union), Michelle Janiz (Director of Student Activities), Nick Katz ‘06 (Assistant Director of Student Activities for Greek Life), and Mishelle Oaks (Director of University Housing and Dining Services).


Mock Phone and On-Campus Interviews – Twenty eight (28) alumni, friends, and partners of the CSP program are volunteering their time to conduct mock phone/Skype interview and simulated on-campus interviews, critique the performance, and provide interviewing tips for of our current student. If you would like to join this session, register here.


Using Social Media and Technology For Your Search -- Sasha Masoomi (Assistant Director of University Housing and Dining Services, Western Illinois University) and Michelle Howe ’11 (Assistant Director of Career Development Center, Western Illinois University) will focus on the basic and advanced level use of job search technology tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and RSS.


Refining Your Resume and Creating Your Cover Letter – Assistantship supervisors at WIU, Diane Cumbie ’06, (Assistant Director of Student Activities), LeeAnn Meyer (Assistant Director of Admission), Sarah Jewell (Assistant Director of Orientation), and Michelle Howe ’11 (Assistant Director of Career Development Center),have pooled their resources to help students learn how to create and tailor a student affairs resume and cover letter.


Erik Heller, a 2014 CSP Graduate and participant in these workshops,

shared with us his reflections on the graduate school experience

and the upcoming transition into his first post-graduate school student affairs position.