Enhancing Student Learning through College Employment

Edited by Brett Perozzi

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About the Book

EnhancingStudentLearningthroughCollegeEmploymentThis new book is written for scholar-practitioners working in various on-campus settings, not just college unions.

“What began as a way to give back to a professional association that has given a great deal to me has become an intense experience the past 16 months,” said Brett Perozzi, Weber State University, who served as the book's editor. “The resulting text has tremendous applicability even beyond student affairs, and I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful and thorough contributions of each of the chapter authors.”

The book begins with a focus on theory and learning outcomes, is followed by a look at specific populations and approaches to student employment, and concludes with practical frameworks for hiring, training, and evaluating student employees. Each of the 12 chapters can be utilized on its own or as part of the larger work, but all serve the core theme of better understanding how intentional student employment programs can lead to personal growth, skill building, and educational achievement.

“For far too long, many faculty and staff eschewed employment during college as an unfortunate distraction from what really matters to student learning and personal development—classrooms, laboratories, studios, and libraries,” said George D. Kuh, chancellor’s professor and director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. “The contributors to this volume provide a long-awaited counterpoint with examples of how working during college can enrich the undergraduate experience.”

For purposes of the book, “employment” is defined as student who are paid for their on-campus roles and who report to a supervisor. While unpaid positions such as internships, practica, and some undergraduate research roles would not fall within this definition, most of the principles can be extended and applied to these other categories of student workers. The book’s possible audiences include academic colleges and departments, student affairs divisions, auxiliary services, foundations, libraries, and facilities—essentially, all areas of the academy that employ student workers.

“In recent months, ACUI has made sweeping strides in becoming an authority on student employment,” said ACUI Executive Director Marsha Herman-Betzen. “This book is a masterful complement to our online programs and new Student Employee Supervisors Community of Practice. I am thrilled by the possibilities inherent in these new projects.”

ACUI is known for its 1997 publication, “Developing Leaders through Student Employment,” edited by Anne Devaney, which has been out of print for several years. “Enhancing Student Learning through College Employment” serves not only to update the literature on student employment but also to look more roundly at ascertaining and communicating the learning that occurs while students are working.

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Table of Contents

Section I – Foundational Principles

1. Student development theory as a backdrop for employment (Kate M. Boyle)

2. Student development and personal growth in employment (Ryan Padgett & David L. Grady)

3. Student learning outcomes: Empirical research as the bridge between theory and practice (Jonathan S. Lewis & Sebastian Contreras Jr.)

4. Learning outcomes and student employment programs (Brett Perozzi, Janelle Kappes, & Deborah Santucci)

Section II – Demographics and Special Populations

5. The impact of employment on student engagement: Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (John V. Moore & Melanie Rago)

6. Employing and retaining traditionally under-represented students (Larry Lunsford)

7. When students are in charge: A multiple case study of two California universities (Jerry Mann, Nadesan Permaul, & Brett Perozzi)

8. International models of student employment: Australia and Ireland (Linda Croston & Andrew O’Brien)

Section III – Administrative Considerations

9. Administrative aspects of student employment (Z. Paul Reynolds)

10. Partnering with outsourced service-providers to provide learning opportunities for student employees (Maggie Towle & Denny Olsen)

11. Orientation, training, and development (Eve Scrogham & Sara Punsky McGuire)

12. Measuring student performance: Using appropriate evaluation tools (Jessica Hickmott)


Updated July 15, 2010