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    Career Development Center

    Career Development Center services are available to all Samford students and alumni. Distance education students can access our services via phone, Web and Skype.

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    Office Hours

    8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

    Special arrangements may be made outside these hours.

    Mission+

    Equip

    Equip students and alumni with tools for effective decision making, goal setting, and personal development

    Direct

    Direct individuals to resources for vocational exploration and professional development

    Connect

    Connect the Samford community with employers and career opportunities.

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    Staff+

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    Heather Averett 

    Director of Employer Relations
    Academic Affairs
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    Biography

    Heather joined the Career Development Center in April 2013 as the Director of Employer Relations. She serves as the primary liaison between employers, students, and academic departments for employment after graduation. She counsels and advises students and alumni to match them with the opportunities best suited for their vocational plans.In addition, Heather conducts workshops and speaks to classes and campus groups on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking, job search tactics, and social media. She is responsible for developing business and community contacts and facilitates campus events such as our Career Networking Expos and the Employer Speakers Series.Heather is a Samford graduate and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Previously, Heather was Senior Editor at Oxmoor House / Time Home Entertainment Inc, the book publishing division of Time Inc.

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    Brent Latta  M.Ed.

    Career Counselor
    Academic Affairs
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    Biography

    Brent is a career and job search counselor working with students who are looking to change their major as well as students/alumni job searching in Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Furman University and a Master's in Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her cognate was College Guidance and Counseling. She has worked in Freshman Programming and Residence Life at Columbia College as well as Samford University. In addition, she was the Internship Program Coordinator and Student Employment Coordinator at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She is a member of the National Career Development Association and the Alabama Counseling Association. She has also served on various leadership positions with the Alabama Career Development Association.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., Furman University
    M.Ed., University of South Carolina
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    Ashley McDuff  M.Ed.

    Director of Experiential Education
    Academic Affairs
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    Biography

    Ashley joined the Career Development Center in August 2013. As the Director of Experiential Education, Ashley works with students, faculty, and employers to identify, develop, and facilitate internship opportunities. She counsels and advises students who are interested in career- and major-related internships. Ashley also conducts preparation workshops and speaks to classes and campus groups on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking, and selecting internships. In addition, she also reviews resumes and cover letters for current Samford students and encourages them throughout the internship application process.Ashley holds both an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She previously served at Samford as the founding director of the fifth year secondary Masters in Education program. Her past experience also includes positions as Director of Student and Alumni Affairs at the UAB School of Education and Public Relations Manager at the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

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    Heather Mitchell  M.A., M.Ed.

    Director of Career Counseling
    Academic Affairs
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    Since joining Samford in 1995, Heather has worked with a variety of students as a career counselor, as one of the academic advisors for Undeclared Majors, and as Director of the Success Mentoring Program. Her current focus in career counseling is working with freshman students and undeclared majors with their major decisions and career planning. She also coordinates the Career Development Center's annual majors fair. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Birmingham- Southern College, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Montevallo, and a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Counseling and Guidance also from the University of Montevallo. Prior to coming to Samford, she worked in career services at the University of Montevallo, as well as in the private sector in the retail and publishing industries. A member of both the Alabama Counseling Association and the Alabama Career Development Association, she has held leadership positions in both, including having served as Secretary of the state association and as President of the Jefferson/Shelby County Chapter.

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    Ben Siple  M.Div.

    Administrative Assistant
    Academic Affairs
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    Biography

    Ben is the Administrative Assistant for Career Development and Disability Resources. He schedules student appointments, maintains student files, and directs students to the appropriate counselor to best serve their needs. Ben joined the CDC staff in April of 2012.Prior to working in the Career Development Center, Ben was a student at Samford in Beeson Divinity School. Ben received his Master of Divinity in December of 2011. During his time at Beeson he worked with college students at Christ the King Anglican Church.