Madelyn Jones Named Director of Employer Relations for College of Education and Health Professions

Madelyn Jones and Robert Ellis
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Madelyn Jones and Robert Ellis

Madelyn Jones has been named the first director of employer relations for the College of Education and Health Professions.

She'll serve as the contact for local and regional companies hoping to recruit and hire U of A students from the college, the university's third largest, with more than 5,400 students. Many of the college's programs incorporate hands-on learning. Majors include nursing, teaching, exercise science, athletic training, occupational therapy, counseling, public health and communication disorders.

A $556,906 grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation made it possible for the U of A Career Development Center to add the new position. The grant also allowed Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences to add to its career education and recruitment efforts.

Jones will coordinate employer recruiting on campus and schedule employer speakers. She will also facilitate career events and industry tours and provide training for employers, faculty and students to increase awareness of employment opportunities.

"I am thrilled to now expand my reach to engage employers, industry partners and the Northwest Arkansas community," Jones said. "I am excited to connect employers to COEHP students and help graduates be successful and confident in their professional journey."

Jones graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in social work in 2014. In December 2016, she earned a master's degree in student affairs and college counseling from SAU. Then, she started her career as an academic adviser and recruiter at SAU before moving to Fayetteville to work as an adviser in Health, Human Performance and Recreation in March 2017.

Jones began working as a career counselor in the College of Education and Health Professions in 2018, providing students with assistance through career exploration, career development and transitioning to their professional careers.

Robert Ellis, who previously worked as the employer relations coordinator for the Career Development Center, has been promoted to the career counselor role.

"As a career counselor, I help students develop the core competencies they will need to manage their careers from internship to retirement successfully," he said. "This includes everything from reviewing resumes and cover letters to mock interviews and building a consistent professional brand."

Ellis said he's particularly excited to serve College of Education and Health Professions students.

"There are many career paths available in the college, and we're seeing high demand for our graduates," he said. "With placement rates already strong, my hope is to guide students into more desirable positions and higher salaries through targeted, comprehensive career counseling services."

Ellis and Jones will work together to assist the college's students and connect them with employers.

"There has never been a more exciting time for career services in COEHP, as this is the first time that we will have both a director of employer relations working to build relationships with employers, along with a dedicated career counselor to help students maximize the new opportunities these relationships will bring," Ellis said.

Businesses are invited to email Jones at smj041@uark.edu or call 479-575-8636. Employers and organizations who want to get involved in the college may fill out an interest form. Students seeking career advice can email Ellis at rce002@uark.edu or call 479- 575-2933. They may also schedule an appointment with him through Handshake.

Contacts

Shannon G. Magsam, director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions
479-575-3138, magsam@uark.edu

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