Alumni in the Classroom
The Alumni in the Classroom Program is designed to connect alumni with issue area expertise to related courses in Political Science and Public Administration and Policy.
We're asking you to consider a visit to the classroom (either in-person or virtually) for about 30 minutes. You could begin by describing your current position and career path. We would also like you to give students a sense of the skill set needed by graduates entering the work force in your area. Finally, students are likely to have lots of questions for you. In some cases, you and the faculty instructor may agree to deepen the exchange by having you participate in greater depth through a lecture, case study, exercise, etc.
The Alumni in the Classroom Program serves three goals.
- First, it gets our students (particularly our undergraduates) thinking about potential careers and required skill sets early in their university experience.
- Second, it gives our alumni a regular channel for connecting, mentoring, and educating our students.
- Third, it provides a foundation for creating a career network for our students who face an increasingly competitive global job market.
The Alumni in the Classroom Program can be structured in a variety of ways. If you live in the local area, you can visit in-person on a day selected by you. If you live out of the area and cannot visit in-person, you could connect to the class virtually through Skype. If possible, we would like to organize a lunch with students in a dining common during the in-person visits.