Career Collaborative

Career Center Career Grants Supporting Miami's Career Collaborative

The Center for Career Exploration and Success (CCES) hosts Miami’s Career Collaborative — an initiative to continually strengthen connections with faculty on the Oxford campus. Each semester, faculty may apply for funding to support career-related programs and events by way of Career Grants. 

Preference for Career Grants will be given to:
• new, real-world projects hosted in the classroom
• expanding professional development activities outside of the classroom
• efforts to increase career exploration and student professional development
• events geared toward first and second-year students

Spring 2020 proposals are now closed. 

Fall 2019 Final Reports are due no later than two weeks after the event concludes.

Complete the Final Report

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Shelby Summers Ballard at

Types of Projects for Funding

Full or partial funding can be awarded in two ways:

  1. Academic classes with work-related projects that tie to outside entities (employers or organizations) or
    1. Example 1 - Classroom Project: Presenting a current scenario in an external organization by that organization’s representative to the class. The students provide a solution to be implemented.
    2. Example 2- Classroom Project: Designing and conducting a student-led survey for an organization; including compiling the data and presenting recommendations to the organization.
    3. Example 3- Classroom Project: Re-branding an organization. Students design a marketing strategy and assist in the roll-out process.
  2. Faculty-led events or initiatives (outside of class) that help students prepare for their careers.
    1. Example 1 - Speaker/Panel: Bringing a prominent alumna/alumnus to campus to in part provide career-related information to groups of students. May also include targeting students from backgrounds that may have added barriers to certain professional fields (i.e. Women in Engineering).
    2. Example 2 - Site Visit: Offering a site visit for students to an organization/business to enable students to connect classroom content with real-world application.
    3. Example 3 - Conference: Attending a conference or event that exposes students to job opportunities, technology, learning sessions or networking that they can not experience in the classroom. 

General Guidelines and Details

  • Proposals must be endorsed and approved by the applicant’s department chair or program director.
  • The delivery, organization and bulk of planning should be done by faculty.
  • Proposals will be selected by CCES and a committee of faculty and associate deans.
  • Learning outcomes should be geared toward undergraduate students on the Oxford campus as funding is made available for the Career Grants from the Career Development Fee.
  • Maximum amount funded is $3,000.
  • Grants will not be awareded to high cost events that have low student impact.
  • Requests are for a single project, not multiple projects bundled together.
  • Interdisciplinary proposals involving multiple departments and colleges are encouraged but not required.
  • Faculty awarded Career Grants funding are required to acknowledge support from the Center for Career Exploration & Success when implementing initiatives and a Career Grant logo will be provided and must be used on promotional material as appropriate.
  • Funds will be awarded for registration, travel and lodging. Other categories such as faculty organization membership fees, event marketing, giveaways, food, snacks, supplies, etc. will not be considered. 
  • The same event can be funded up to three consecutive times.
  • For any awarded event, a final report must be submitted in order to be eligible to receive funding for Spring 2020. The report form is due no later than two weeks after the event concludes. Access the form here.

Funded Projects for Spring 2019

CCES awarded approximately $40,000 for the spring 2019 semester to faculty from all five academic divisions to fund 15 career-related projects. Miami's Career Collaborative accelerates career-related activities by funding (or offsetting the cost) of new, real-world projects inside the classroom or professional development activities led by faculty.

Projects include:

  • Reily Township launches student-created website developed through Miami community collaboration
  • Groundbreaking art course lets students purchase artwork for the Miami University Art Museum
  • CEC students will attend Automate Chicago where they will be exposed to companies (over 450 exhibitors), equipment and job opportunities. They will engage one-one with companies and view state of the art technology.
  • CAS will be applying the research design fundamentals and methodological tools they are learning in a course to challenges faced by real world organizations, including include the Cincinnati Reds, Proctor & Gamble, the Hamilton Mill and Findlay Kitchen.
  • CCA was able to host a workshop with Jon Juravich, Ohio Teacher of the Year and Art Educator. His public lecture will focus on the professional nature and journey within teaching K-12 Visual Art and address issues like professionalism, passion, advocacy, and creativity.
  • EHS hosted a Nutrition and Dietetics conference to bring back Miami Alumni working in the field of nutrition and dietetics.There will be 3–4 sessions in which the speakers will share their expertise, career path and answer student questions.
  • FSB students will be asked to work with client representatives to define the problem, identify the necessary and available data to answer the client question, frame the problem as an analytics problem, identify the appropriate analytical methodologies, clean and prepare the data for analysis, conduct the analysis, test the analysis to ensure that it meets client specifications, package the solution into a consumable product and communicate the results back to the client.

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Funded Projects for Fall 2019

CCES awarded approximately $40,000 for the fall 2019 semester to faculty from all five academic divisions to fund 19 career-related projects. Miami's Career Collaborative accelerates career-related activities by funding (or offsetting the cost) of new, real-world projects inside the classroom or professional development activities led by faculty.

  • CCA: Hosting a 4 day design studio workshop with Wire & Twine. This workshop will explore processes and skills significant to design fundamentals, mirroring the program’s dedication to learning traditional and emerging technologies for planning, developing, and producing digital and physical design outcomes. This workshop will also aid in the development of hand-to-digital design skills as well as fostering career development and networking connections for the students in attendance.
  • CEC: Students will have the opportunity to attend The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference. This is an annual event for women in computing. GHC offers talks, hands-on sessions, and workshops that cover technology and career advancement. Students can meet and interact with mentors from industry, government, and academia with different levels of education and varied careers. Other activities included a pitch competition and mentoring circles.
  • CAS: Su Casa Hispanic Center provides a variety of essential programs to the Hispanic/Latino communities in the Cincinnati area including educational, social, health promotion and employment services. The director of Su Casa Hispanic Center, has expressed the need for more volunteers to support the employment programming. As part of this service, clients receive training on how to develop a resume, complete a job application as well as how to create an email address and write professional job inquiries. In order to enhance the partnership with Su Casa Hispanic Center, to address a real world need in the classroom and to promote career development in both Miami University students and the Hispanic/Latino local communities, Spanish 331 students will collaborate with Su Casa Hispanic Center to further develop their employment services. As part of this project, the director will provide a presentation to Spanish 331 in the beginning of Fall 2019 that will discuss the need for employment services and the nature of the project that the students will design and implement. Then, students will work both in class and out of class to develop a detailed curriculum for a Spanish-language workshop that will highlight employment development and include dynamic activities that future volunteers could easily implement.
  • EHS: A combination of Miami faculty, district personnel, City of Hamilton leadership, social services programs, and community individuals are working together to revise our one-day student and faculty immersion experience so that another 100 Miami students and faculty are more equipped with the knowledge and resources prior to placement within Hamilton schools or community programs during the Fall 2019 semester. Hamilton City Schools will take FSW students across the city to meet and view social service agencies, school-based supports, grass-roots organizations, City of Hamilton administrators, faith groups, economic development initiatives, and more. This activity allows the students to build empathy, knowledge, and skills for supporting families in the Hamilton community and provides a better understanding of career opportunities within their locale.
  • FSB/CCA: An established event, Friends of Fashion is an annual luncheon hosted during the fall semester by Miami University Fashion & Design. The luncheon features a panel discussion with five professionals who come to Oxford to give the MUFD members in attendance insight into the fashion industry. These panelists (both alumni and possibly non-alumni) discuss their current positions, speak on their past career experiences and engage with MUFD members through structured Q&A and casual discussion/networking.

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