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New Career Services Director Named

Oct. 20, 2011

Richard T. Berman

Richard T. Berman has been appointed director of career services. He will begin his duties on January 1, 2012.

Berman comes to Oberlin from Carleton College, where he has directed the career center since 2007. During his tenure at Carleton, Berman instituted several innovative programs that connect students with a network of alumni, parents, and friends who offer all manner of job-search related assistance. Among 79 career centers considered, Carleton’s is one of 13 featured in an innovative practices study to be published in winter 2012 by the Education Advisory Board.

The search for a new director began late last spring, following the departure of Leo Charette, who had served as director of the office of career services for four years. The search committee was chaired by Kathryn Stuart, dean of studies, and its members were Joyce Babyak, associate dean of the college of arts and sciences and associate professor of religion; Adrian Bautista, associate dean of students; Ann Deppman, associate dean of studies; Brad Hayes, executive director of individual giving; Erik Inglis, associate professor of art history; Andrea Kalyn, associate dean for academic affairs in the conservatory; and Bruce Simonson, professor of geology.

Berman began his higher education career in 1983 at Beloit College. In 1996, he moved to Kalamazoo College, where he partnered with alumni to create an externship model centered on mentoring. As dean of experiential learning at Kalamazoo, he also helped lead the launch of an endowed institute for academic civic engagement.

During his three-decade-long career, Berman has earned a reputation as a reform specialist in higher education career development and experiential learning. He points out, though, that “when proffering terms like transform and reform, one had best be prepared to describe what that level of change might look like and the philosophical and practical tenets that undergird it.”

“It is no longer enough for colleges to trust that because their graduates have always done well enough, they will continue to earn the same level of success in the “new economy” of the decade just begun. A platform for information about and access to the world of work must be built.”

Berman earned two undergraduate degrees and one advanced degree. He has consulted on career development with colleges and national professional associations, and he has led sessions during meetings and conferences of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Cooperative Educators, and the National Society for Experiential Education.

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