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Kelli K. Smith, AVP for Career Programs and Experiential Education, publishes sourcebook on leadership development and career preparedness

Kelli SmithThought-leader Kelli K. Smith, assistant vice president for Career Programs and Experiential Education and former director of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, shared her expertise as lead editor and author in a sourcebook published this past February. The sourcebook, Leadership Development for Career Readiness in University Settings: New Directions for Student Leadership, encapsulates the importance of colleges and universities reimagining how they prepare their students for career readiness. This book emphasizes the intersectionality between leadership development experiences and competencies within higher education. Students should be guided toward opportunities that encourage this intersection and institutions should prioritize career readiness and integrate it into many departments on college campuses. The sourcebook also expresses that preparing students for post-graduation life has shifted over time to be the duty of the entire university, not just career services.

Smith has served in higher education industry for 24 years and holds a PhD in leadership studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master's in student affairs administration from Indiana University-Bloomington and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Smith, who previously published another sourcebook and various articles, joined the Binghamton University community in June 2014 as the director of the Fleishman Center. Under Smith's leadership, the Fleishman Center earned international recognition this past June, winning the Exemplary Career Center Award from the National Career Development Association (NCDA). Last July, she was promoted to an assistant vice president role with oversight of additional areas in student affairs.

"With the changing nature of students today, coupled with expectations of employers and needs of the workforce, colleges and universities must reimagine how they prepare students for their eventual careers," said Smith. "This issue brings together authors with several areas of expertise related to this topic, and challenges readers to analyze the intersection of career and leadership education and consider new approaches to help students become more career ready."

Last year, Binghamton University's Division of Student Affairs was also recognized for its quality of programs by the State University of New York's Chief Student Affairs Officers and Office of University Life. In total, the division received four awards and one honorable mention during the Outstanding Student Affairs Programs Awards: two were Fleishman Center signature programs, won under Smith's leadership.

Smith has also shared her knowledge beyond Binghamton's campus. Recently, she was selected to be an organizer of the third annual Global Career Services Summit in the U.K., which helped bring international attention to the work of the Fleishman Center. The Fleishman Center was selected for the Innovation Award for our Career Champions program in the Summit's first-ever awards ceremony. The summit focused on learning best practices and promoting dialogue and collaboration between the leading career service providers in the country.

New Directions in Student Leadership Sourcebook CoverThe Fleishman Center staff looks forward to continuing the innovation of our programs and services to inspire the career services field internationally and across the Binghamton University community to benefit our students.

The full edition of Smith's book on leadership can be found here.