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
- Dean’s office
- Financial aid
- Diversity and inclusion
- Residential life
- Health and mental health
- Study abroad
- Career center and fellowships
- Alumni relations
- 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!