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OSU Career Services announces Dr. Jeff Edwards as 2021 Career Champion

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Monday December 13, 2021

Media contact: Mack Burke | Editorial Coordinator | 405.744.5540 | news@okstate.edu

OSU Career Services has announced that Dr. Jeff Edwards, Department Chair and Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Ferguson College of Agriculture, has been awarded the 2021 Career Champion Award.

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The Career Champion Award is given to faculty and staff at Oklahoma State University who have advocated for students’ career development and career readiness by encouraging, promoting, and enhancing the professional development and employment opportunities of students.

Edwards has gone above and beyond to assist OSU students with their career readiness. His dedication extends to his desire to partner with professional services on classroom presentations, and to engage employer and industry partners. One example of his dedication to the success of his students is through his training poster presentation sessions. Each fall, Edwards, along with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, hosts a poster presentation in which students who have completed summer internships present their experiences and the knowledge they have gained. Posters remain on the walls in the lobby all year to encourage other students to pursue their internships and prepare for their future jobs.

“Edwards is truly a career champion for students to be ready for a job by the time they graduate,” said Dr. Taylor Harbuck, career services coordinator at Ferguson College of Agriculture, in his nomination form. “The level of opportunities he and the department provide, not just undergraduate students, but students Postgraduate studies, it’s not common among academic departments.”

The 2021 Career Champion was presented to Edwards at the University Awards Ceremony on December 7 at the Ohio State University Student Union Ballroom.

Candidates for the Career Championship 2021

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Susan Belbeis, Head of Department and Professor – architecture school

Heather Carter, Assistant Professor – Department of Design, Housing and Trade

telanka chandrasekera, Assistant Professor – Department of Design, Housing and Trade

Greg Claire, interim associate department chair and associate professor – Department of Design, Housing and Trade

Joyce Crawford, Coordinator of Asian American Affairs – Office of Multicultural Affairs

Evan DavisAssistant Dean and Professor of Professional Practice – Spears School of Business

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Norp Deals, Head of the Department and Professor Emeritus Mr. Lohmann – Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeff Edwards, Head of Department and Professor – Department of plant and soil sciences

Holly Hansen, Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science

Casey EdAssistant Secretary – OSU Museum of Art

Gavin LangAssociate Sports Communications Director – Athletics OSU

Amber Manning Owlette, Assistant Professor – School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation

Elizabeth Payne, Director – Center of Sovereign States

Winter Phung, Assistant Professor – theater department

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James Puckett, Assistant Professor – Boone Pickens School of Geology

Steve RubyAssistant Professor of Professional Practice – College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Amanda Williams, Director – CEAT التوظيف Recruitment

For more information about OSU Career Services, visit www.HireOSUGrads.com, email careers@okstate.edu, or call 405-744-5253.

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