WSU Core-to-Career program announces members of third cohort

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Twenty-one Washington State University faculty have been named as the newest members of the Core-to-Career professional development program that impacts undergradutes’ career readiness.

Clif Stratton, director of the University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education program, said, “As their predecessors have done, this third Core-to-Career cohort will work as a team to intentionally incorporate career-themed lessons into their UCORE courses.”

Throughout fall 2023 semester, the members will learn about and intentionally build career competencies as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) into class and assignment designs for spring 2024. Employers have identified desired competencies for new hires such as thinking critically, understanding diversity, and being adept at communication. 

“With two previous cohorts having completed their programs, hundreds of students have already benefitted from general education courses across multiple disciplines that inherently address career readiness,” Stratton said. “The new cohort will add significantly to the number of courses that are offered.”

Core-to-Career Cohort three

These members of the new cohort are listed by name, their course subject and number, the course title, and the UCORE categoryof that course:

  • Mariana Amorim, SOC 102, “Social Problems,” SSCI
  • Mark Billings, SOE 110, “The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability,” PSCI
  • Christopher Clarke, ECONS 102, “Fundamentals of Macroeconomics,” SSCI
  • Kristin Cutler, SOC 101, “Introduction to Sociology,” SSCI
  • Marlene Gaynair, HISTORY 111, “American History Since 1877,” HUM
  • Samantha Gizerian, NEUROSCI 105, “Meet Your Brain,” BSCI
  • Tomie Gowdy-Burke, HUMANITY 103, “Mythology,” HUM
  • Nanda Grow, ANTH 220, “Perspectives on Race,” EQJS
  • Shawna Herzog, HISTORY 271, “Southeast Asian History: Vietnam to Indonesia,” DIVR
  • William Kabasenche, PHIL 103, “Introduction to Ethics,” HUM
  • Laura Kuhlman, ENGLISH 210, “Readings in American Literature,” HUM
  • Xinmin Liu, CHINESE 121, “Modern Chinese Culture,” HUM
  • David Martin, ENGLISH 101, “College Composition,” WRTG
  • Brenna Miller, HISTORY 105, “Roots of Contemporary Issues,” ROOT
  • Iolanda Palmer, ART 103, “3D Art and Design,” ARTS
  • Catherine Perillo, SOIL_SCI 201, “Soil: A Living System,” BSCI
  • Alejandro Prera, ECONS 101, “Fundamentals of Microeconomics,” SSCI
  • Marsha Quinlan, ANTH 203, “Global Cultural Diversity,” DIVR
  • Rachel Sanchez, ENGLISH 101, “College Composition,” WRTG
  • Matt Stitcher, PHIL 103, “Introduction to Ethics,” HUM
  • Mandy Strey, H_D 205, “Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills,” COMM

Goals from 2021 to 2024

Similar information on the two previous cohorts shows the depth and breadth of the courses impacted by the Core-to-Career program, said Stratton.

“The goal when the program began in fall 2021 was to, by 2024, make it possible for all four-year matriculating undergraduates to have engaged the habits of mind and action that signal career readiness in their first two years,” Stratton said. “I’m confident that we are on target to meet that goal.” 

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