Thursday, February 27, 2014
This information was contributed by Dr. Adrienne Adams and Ms. Liz Tillander.
Master’s in Program Evaluation Puts Graduate Students on Career Track
The Department of Psychology’s new Master of Arts in Program Evaluation offers students an accelerated path to a fulfilling career. But what is Program Evaluation? And why should you consider this program now?
What is Program Evaluation?
The American Evaluation Association, the international professional association for evaluators, describes evaluation as “assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness” (American Evaluation Association, 2013). Though unfamiliar to most PSY majors, program evaluation is actually very well-suited to those drawn to “helping” professions – like psychology, social work, and education. Evaluators are critical to the development and improvement of programs used to address societal and individual problems that those seeking human service careers are most passionate about: teen pregnancy, unemployment, trauma, illiteracy, and much more. Evaluators work collaboratively with program staff in non-profit organizations, schools, health care organizations, government agencies, or corporations (Donaldson & Christie, 2006) critically assessing and implementing evaluation designs to improve outcomes for these important programs.
Why Should You Consider It Now?
If you have a bachelor’s degree and wish to expand your career options by obtaining a master’s degree, there are many reasons to consider the Department of Psychology’s Master of Arts in Program Evaluation now.
Quick Admission Process
Applications for admission will be accepted beginning April 2014 for Fall 2014*. In most cases, applications are reviewed in just two weeks.
The full-time program is designed to be completed over four consecutive semesters in 16 months. A part-time program is anticipated to begin Fall 2015.
Flexibility and Convenience of Online Education
Courses are delivered online. Consult with faculty, exchange ideas with classmates, and complete knowledge- and skill-building activities at locations and hours that are most convenient for YOU.
Develop Skills with Real World Experience
The two-semester supervised practical application course will allow you to build skills alongside evaluation practitioners in a professional evaluation setting where you can gain first-hand experience.
Evaluators are employed in a variety of settings and command competitive salaries. Master’s level evaluators earn an average of $59,279 annually (Greenlaw, Brown-Welty & Fetterman, 2006).
How Can You Learn More?
Plan to join faculty and alumni for the Master’s Degree Forum: Learn about Graduate Programs in Social Work, Human Development, and the new Psychology Master of Arts in Program Evaluation on Wednesday, March 26, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., Psychology Auditorium (Rm 118).
*Pending Michigan State University Governance approval and Statewide Academic Program approval, MSU Department of Psychology will be offering the Master of Arts degree in Program Evaluation beginning Fall 2014.
American Evaluation Association (AEA). About Us. Retrieved from www.eval.org.
Donaldson, S.I., & Christie, C.A. (2006). Emerging career opportunities in the transdiscipline of evaluation science. In S.I. Donaldson, D.E. Berger, & K. Pezdek (Eds.), Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers (pp.243-259). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Greenlaw, C., Brown-Welty, S., & Fetterman, D. AEA Employment Survey [PDF document]. Retrieved from American Evaluation Association Website: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=82.
Monday, February 10, 2014
This information was retrieved from MSU Career Services Network Website 2/10/14
Dress Essentials for Everyone
- Clothing should work for you, not against you. Fit and comfort are important considerations in projecting yourself at your best.
- Trendy clothing—like short skirts, low necklines, extreme prints or colors—generally do not project an image appropriate for a professional meeting.
- Crisp, clean, well-pressed clothing is a must.
- Hair should be clean, well groomed, and away from the eyes.
- Simple, classic styles are best.
- Remove extraneous earrings. (Women: one pair. Men: none.)
- Avoid strong mints, perfumes, or aftershaves.
- No visible tattoos (cover) or body piercings (remove pins).
What to Wear for this fair
For these kinds of interactions, you always want to dress professionally—no ripped jeans, ﬂip-ﬂops, or T-shirts with obscenities on them. Consider the items below when you’re picking out what to wear . . .
- Dress pants
- Dress shoes
- Button-down shirt
And remember, when in doubt, check with an insider (your employer contact or Career Advisor, for example) about what the appropriate dress in a particular situation might be!
What you will need for the Fair:
Introduction speech summarizing about yourself: (30-40 seconds)
Who am I?
What can I offer the company/organization? (skills)
Why you are a good candidate for the position? (tailor to position desired)
Padfolio - to help carry your resume and any additional paperwork
Business card (if you have it, for future contact)
Additional Information about Appearance and Attire can be found at:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
How to Start your Internship Search:
(Tips from Kristi Coleman – Associate director for professional engagement at MSU’s Career Services & Network)
Identify career interests and skills
Target employers of interest
Review calendar and budget
Attend an upcoming fair
Meet with your academic advisor
What you will need for the Fair:
Elevator speech (Introduction speech about yourself)
Business card (if you have it)
How to Dress:
Business Casual – NO holey Jeans!!
Dress shirts, slacks,
Ties and business suit is not necessary