Higher Education & Higher Education Administration

Higher Education in the United States refers to post-secondary schools, usually called college and universities, like Williams College. To learn more about the field of Higher Education as a whole, you can read resources including the Chronicle of Higher Education or look through job postings at higheredjobs.com.

Recruiting timelines: Typically spring for undergraduates going into student affairs and administration roles. Graduate school applications range from early fall through early spring.

Sample job titles: Housing Assistant/Area Coordinator; Career Advisor; Academic Advisor; Admissions Counselor; Student Services Specialist/Coordinator

Teaching at the University Level

Teaching at the college level requires a doctorate degree in a specific subject matter, such as Biology, English, or Political Science. Your faculty and Williams are great resources if you are interested in pursuing a PhD with the goal of teaching and researching at the college level. College faculty have multiple responsibilities in addition to teaching, including research, grant writing, service, and administrative duties. A graduate student in a given field is typically driven by a desire to specialize in the field and to answer a critical question that seeks to advance our knowledge and understanding of that subject matter.

Higher Education Administration

There are a wide range of student-facing, research, and administrative roles at college and universities. Examples of different departments include:

  • Institutional research
  • Investment office
  • Admissions
  • Dean’s office
  • Financial aid
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Residential life
  • Wellbeing
  • Health and mental health
  • Study abroad
  • Career center and fellowships
  • Alumni relations
  • Development
  • Athletics, and more!

Careers in student facing roles, such as in student life or the dean’s office, traditionally require a master’s degree in student affairs or higher education administration. Visit ACPA (College Student Educator’s International) and NASPA (Student Affairs Professional Organization) to learn more, and also consider a on-campus job at Williams to gain experience in the field of higher education. All on-campus jobs are posted on Handshake!