Dr. Mike Simmons, Assistant Vice President - Academic Affairs and Career Connect Director
I am a native of West Virginia, attended college in Tennessee (King College, BS History) and graduate school in North Carolina (UNC Chapel Hill - M.P.A) then moved to Texas to complete the Ph.D. degree from UTA in the field of public administration and urban affairs.
After an initial career spanning 10 years of public policy, government and political work, I led a statewide education non-profit agency. While government and public administration is still my academic field and area of interest, I've now worked in or around higher education for almost 20 years. In several roles at Marshall University, Texas Women’s University, and now at UNT, I’ve worked actively in educational innovation, faculty support, online learning, assessment and “other duties as assigned”. I am proud that I have taught at least one course as an adjunct almost every semester for 20 years. My work with UNT Career Connect is a combination of the experiences I've had, bringing together teaching, assessment, community engagement, and technology.
Adam Wear, E-Portfolio Coordinator
I currently serve as the E-Portfolio Coordinator for Career Connect. I am a second year PhD student in the Higher Education program at UNT. I currently hold a BS in English, Education, and Education Psychology from Mississippi State University and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Alabama and hope to practice and promote an attitude of servant leadership in higher education.
Sam Williamson, Community & Service Learning Coordinator
As a born and raised Dentonite, I’m proud of the priority this community places on the arts, education, and service and I have tried to carry these elements with me in my life’s work. After I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with my BFA and teaching certificate, I joined the United States Peace Corps where I served as a teacher trainer in the Pacific Island country of Kiribati and a mentoring center director in the West Africa country of Mauritania.
Once my service was completed I returned to Denton, UNT specifically, to attend graduate school in the Design Research Program through the College of Visual Arts and Design. Through my graduate research on adaptive secondary curriculum design, I partnered with the education non-profit Big Thought in Dallas, and after earning my MA, I joined the Big Thought team as Senior Instructional Specialist.
In Dallas, I gained deep experience in community engagement best practices in a major city just as my Peace Corps experience taught me these same lessons in a developing environment. However, I hadn’t yet brought any of these experiences and skillsets back home to my own community. Then came a chance to serve my Alma Mater, and hometown, when the Community & Service Learning Coordinator position opened at UNT so I decided to leave my position at Big Thought to pursue this opportunity.
Serving on the Career Connect team in this capacity gives me the chance to help this great institution strengthen existing and foster new community partnerships to provide students with impactful opportunities to contribute to meaningful community work.
Meena Naik, Faculty & Staff Development Coordinator
Kim Clark, Graduate Student Assistant
I am a doctoral student in the Higher Education program and am working with Career Connect as a Graduate Student Assistant. Originally from Chicago, I got my bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University then headed to Colorado to pursue a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. After a brief stint at Montana State University – Billings, I moved to Denver and worked in various student services departments at Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver for almost twenty years.
I am excited to be a part of Career Connect and see the impact we will have on students. Some of the current projects I’m working on include: maintaining the inventory of Career Connect activities; participating in the Internship Working Group; assisting with assessment of student reflections; contributing to the Capstone Experiences Project.
Jordan Rogers, Graduate Student Assistant
I joined the Career Connect team as a Graduate Assistant to support the research and implementation of the reflection component of Career Connect’s initiative. I am a doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at the University of North Texas. My education and experience serve as a catalyst for the reflection process to unfold as students navigate their collegiate endeavors and find meaning in their experience for the future.