Not-So-New Faculty Lunch Discussion


April 18, 2024

Cordia Harrington
Center for Excellence
CORD 349

12:30 - 1:45 pm



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RSVP Deadline:
no later than 12:00 noon on
Thursday, April 11, 2024

April 19, 2024

Cordia Harrington
Center for Excellence
CORD 349

12:00 - 1:15 pm




Skillify Your Syllabi with Career Connections

Student class engagement improves when students correlate class activities with their career goals. Helping students make the connection between course activities and their post-graduation goals begins with articulating the transferable career skills students will develop through their coursework. With the Skillify Your Syllabi workshop, faculty see clear connections to how the skills taught in their classroom transcend colleges and span industries. 

Join campus-wide Career Connections staff members Erica Estes, Sarah Denison (ARSC), Emerald Hames (Inclusive Career Design), Mary Keith (COEHP), Robyn Williams (ENGR) and Haylee Doss (WCOB) as they offer instructional training to align the 8 U of A Career Ready Skills (NACE career competencies) with individual faculty members’ pedagogies. You will leave the workshop with a completed Skillify Your Syllabi worksheet and career-focused ideas you can apply to your class assignments.  To fully participate, faculty are asked to bring a course syllabus for a class that will be taught in 2024-2025 academic year. 

Presenter Bios: 

Erica Estes is the Assistant Vice Chancellor & Executive Director of Career Connections in Student Affairs.  Erica has worked at the University of Arkansas and in career services since 2007 and is passionate about helping the U of A become a Career Everywhere institution where faculty embrace their role as essential collaborators in students achieving desired post-graduation outcomes.  

Sarah Denison is the Director of Career Initiatives for Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Sarah has worked at the University of Arkansas since 2007, first as a faculty member in the Communication Department and now in Career Services and Student Success. She is passionate about helping students make connections and understand their journey in higher education so they can leverage it for their life and career.  

Emerald Hames, Associate Director of Inclusive Career Design, embarked on her journey in 2006 at the University of Arkansas, Office of Admissions, cultivating robust connections with Tribal Nations and Tribal-owned nonprofits. Transitioning to the UA Law School’s Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative, she dedicated two years to empowering Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native youth, and then to social safety net program administration. In June 2023, Emerald returned to the university with the Offices of Career Connections, where she has played a pivotal role in piloting Career Launch’s social capital curriculum in classes and programs. She is passionate about meeting students where they are while empowering them to access the resources and spaces they deserve. 

Mary Keith has been the Director of Career Initiatives for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas since July 2023. Previously, she served as the regional director for the $32 million model demonstration project research grant Arkansas PROMISE from 2014-2019, followed by her role as a community work incentives coordinator (CWIC) for SOURCES for Community Independent Living until 2023. Mary's passion for guiding individuals in transition is evident in her work with students, faculty, staff, and employers, where she facilitates meaningful career conversations and fosters invaluable connections. 

Robyn Williams is the Associate Director of Career Engagement for Engineering Career Connections. Robyn has worked as a part of the Offices of Career Connections at the University of Arkansas since Fall 2021. Previously, she worked in career services at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, for about six years. She is passionate about finding avenues for all students to develop and enhance their career development by providing spaces conducive to this learning through a partnership of faculty, staff, employers, and student advocates. 

Haylee Doss is the Associate Director of Career Coaching and Student Programs for Career Connections in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Haylee has worked in Career Services at the University of Arkansas since 2023. Prior to this she worked in several other roles in higher education at Texas Tech University and Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about the whole student experience and coaching students to translate the skills learned in college to a career.  



  • Erica Estes, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Executive Director, Career Connections in Student Affairs
  • Sarah Denison, Director of Career Initiatives, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Emerald Hames, Associate Director of Inclusive Career Design, Career Connections
  • Mary Keith, Director, Career Initiatives, College of Education and Health Professions
  • Robyn Williams, Associate Director, Career Engagement, Engineering Career Connections
  • Haylee Doss, Associate Director, Career Coaching and Student Programs for Career Connections, Walton College of Business



We will be having Noodles Italian Kitchen catering.  Please click on the RSVP link for the day you plan to attend and select your lunch choice.    Be sure to let Lori know if you have any special dietary needs.