IUP Offering Second Annual Community College Career Fair

Posted on 10/25/2017 3:44:10 PM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its second annual Community College Career Fair on November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the IUP Hadley Union Building.

The event is designed to assist graduate students at both the master’s and doctoral level in learning more about teaching and administrative work at two-year colleges, as well as to assist two-year colleges in recruiting high-quality faculty and staff.

Nicholas Neupauer Butler County Community College President provides keynote at career fairNicholas Neupauer, president of Butler County Community College, will present the keynote address for the event.

The event is free and open to the community, but pre-registration is requested by November 3 and can be made by visiting the IUP Career and Professional Development Center website.

Day-of registrations will be accepted as space permits. Pre-registrants will be guaranteed lunch and materials.

Community colleges represented at the fair include Butler County Community College (Butler), California Community Colleges Registry; Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh); Jamestown Community College (Jamestown, New York); Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown); and Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood).

Additional institutions are welcome to attend the event, but must register through the Community College Career Fair website.

“I’m very pleased to see this program not only continue, but to grow and to feature distinguished panelists and presenters designed to really provide real-life information for students who want to find careers in community colleges,” said Randy Martin, dean of IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. 

“The panels take a student from application to teaching to administration, and allow for students to network with members of several community colleges. It’s also gratifying to see IUP success stories on the panel, including graduates like Leonora Anyango-Kivuva, Cori Dunagan, Erin Guydish, Morgan Rizzardi, and Robert Welch,” Martin said.

Todd Thompson, a faculty member in the Department of English, will begin the event with welcome remarks at 10:15 a.m. Networking opportunities are available from 10:15 to 12:15 p.m. and from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

President Neupauer will present remarks at 11:45 a.m. prior to the luncheon for registered participants.

The event includes panels with community college and IUP experts discussing applying for community college positions, teaching at community colleges, and working in administration at community colleges. The fair also provides opportunities for students to meet with representatives from individual community colleges (some of which are currently hiring) from around the region and learn about their schools and job openings.

Panel Discussions Include:

  • 10:45 a.m. — “Applying for Jobs at Community Colleges,” with Andrew Barnette from Westmoreland County Community College, Michael Noyes from Butler County Community College, and IUP graduate Robert Welch from St. Vincent College. Moderator is Sharon Storch, IUP Communications Media graduate student.
  • 1:00 p.m. — “Teaching at Community Colleges,” with IUP graduate Erin Guydish from Penn Highlands Community College, IUP graduate Leonora Anyango-Kivuva from Community College of Allegheny County, and Cynthia Proctor from Westmoreland County Community College, moderated by Kaitlin Tonti, IUP Literature and Criticism graduate student.
  • 2:00 p.m. —“Working in Administration at Community Colleges,” with Larry Brugh from Penn Highlands Community College, IUP graduate Morgan Rizzardi from Butler County Community College, IUP graduate Cori Dunagan from Jamestown Community College, and Mary Lou Kennedy from Community College of Allegheny County, moderated by Michael Williamson, IUP English Department faculty member.

Informal conversation will continue from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Levity Brewing in Indiana.

The Career Fair is financially supported by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Department of English, and the IUP School of Graduate Studies and Research, with logistics and planning provided by the IUP Career and Professional Development Center.

The keynote presenter, Neupauer has been the president of Butler County Community College since 2007. He has worked diligently to enhance the student experience at BC3. This includes: increased scholarship opportunities, investments into campus safety, a Degree Completion Partnership program, and a regional approach to higher education. A “one-stop-shop” model for student services allows main campus students seamless access to a 34,500-square-foot Student Success Center. A renovation of the main campus’ Beck Library into the high-tech Heaton Family Learning Commons connects the main campus to all BC3 sites and the community.

Prior to being appointed president, he served as vice president for Academic Affairs (2004–07) and dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (1999–2004) at BC3. Neupauer was an assistant professor and chair of the Communication Department at Marist College (1996–99).

Recognized with numerous awards for excellence in the classroom, Neupauer currently teaches an Introduction to Public Relations course at Butler. He previously taught at West Virginia University (1993–96), Bethany College (1995–96), and in Geneva College’s graduate program (2001–06).

Neupauer was board chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges from 2013 to 2015. During his two-year stint, the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges instituted a Prior Learning Assessment platform and Voluntary Framework of Accountability measures. Work with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education led to reverse-transfer programs and enhanced articulations.

He was the 2010 recipient of the Arthur V. Ciervo Award from the Association of Communicators in Education. His expertise in communication was recognized in 2013 by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (District 1) as its Pacesetter Award winner. Neupauer earned a Doctorate in Education in Communication and Instruction from West Virginia, a Master of Science in Communication from Clarion University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Penn State University.