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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Faculty & Staff

College of Liberal Arts faculty and staff are welcome to contact our office for any college-to-career assistance. We can help provide you or your class with job and internship search information, presentations and general support. We can also help with any career- or recruiting-related questions or concerns. Please contact us at 512-471-7900 or lacs@austin.utexas.edu.

Faculty & Staff and the Student Career Search

Faculty and staff are often asked for help connecting employers with our students and for help from students in their job search. For the most part, this is a positive, supportive relationship with the end goal to help Liberal Arts students find jobs and internships. However, the recruiting and employment field is increasingly litigious and you can, with the best of intentions, find yourself in a challenging situation legally. Liberal Arts Career Services can help you navigate recruiting policies to protect you while helping you help your students. Below are a few regular issues of importance to faculty and staff. Please call LACS should you have any questions or require assistance: 512-471-7900.

Advertising Job Openings You Receive: Faculty and staff can share job postings with particular students, as long as the posting is also publicly posted, so anyone who is interested can apply (see the Referring Students section below for Equal Access details). We can assist you with that: just email our recruiting team (512-471-7900) with the information and we will take care of the public posting or invite the employer to post the position to BTT Gateway, our recruiting system.

Referring Students for Jobs & Internships: Alumni and employers are increasingly interested in recruiting referrals for your best and brightest students. While making a referral could help a student in her professional pursuits, you may want to consider the equal access policy before doing so. Equal access policy provides fair and equitable access to employment opportunities to all potentially qualified students within a population. To that end, equal access allows candidates to apply and to be selected based on the student’s background and the employer’s criteria rather than creating a situation in which a faculty or staff member selects a student (or students) based on a previous relationship. The population can include students within a variety of groups, including a particular major, GPA range, work authorization or program enrollment (e.g., honors, specialization). To make your referral while meeting the equal access policy, you can share the employment opportunity with the student’s population/group or request the employer to post the job to BTT Gateway (the College’s recruiting system). Once it is available to all students in that population, you can legally make the referral.

Explore equal access details in the NACE Faculty Gide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring.

Determining the Eligibility of Opportunities: The list of recruiting policies that help determine which job and internship postings are eligible for promotion to students is extensive. The best way to evaluate a position’s eligibility is to ask LACS to conduct the evaluation - we're happy to help. However, if you would like to evaluate a job posting you can review the job posting policies here. Please Note: the most common prohibited opportunities that are widely promoted to students (but shouldn’t be) are fee-based internship and volunteer programs. These include any program that charges a fee to participate or a fee to purchase items required to participate. The University views this type of promotion as soliciting on campus, which is prohibited.

Inviting Recruiters into the Classroom: An employer’s perspective and experiences can be a valuable addition to the classroom, especially as it connects classroom theory with practical applications. However, faculty should consider the limitations set by the University around the topics allowed in this setting. The University prohibits recruiting in the classroom; therefore, employer guest speakers must keep to the lecture topic and refrain from any recruiting-specific language or topics. If students ask about employment opportunities, employer guests can direct students to the career center to learn about these opportunities (assuming the opportunity was posted in advance of the visit).

Signing Student Employment-Related Documents:  Employers often require students, and their college faculty/staff, to sign documents related to their internship or job. These may be internship agreement forms, hold harmless agreements, confidentiality agreements, course credit verifications and enrollment verifications. However, due to the nature of these forms, they are either not eligible for signing or can only be signed by a signatory approved by UT Legal Affairs (typically a dean-level signatory). If a student asks you to sign a form, no matter how harmless it may appear, please feel free to send the student to LACS (FAC 18) so that we may evaluate the form and send it to the right office.

Liberal Arts & Career Services

At Liberal Arts Career Services we are committed to helping students take full advantage of the power of a liberal arts education. We believe that a liberal arts degree is the best preparation for our students' future, whatever our students plan to pursue. Our mission statement is "translating a liberal arts education into a world of opportunities" and we enjoy helping our students find these opportunities.

But we also know that many students struggle with the transition between their courses of study and the working world. They question the value of their degree, wonder if they wouldn't have been better served by studying something more "practical" and if they will ever find a job. Unfortunately, many career guides and career counselors add to these concerns by implying that the job search is a linear path which begins by setting a specific goal, attaining the exact coursework and education related to that goal, and pursuing the career in a single-minded manner. Uncomfortable with the openness of a liberal arts degree, some career advisors attempt to homogenize it and make it palatable to an employer by reducing it to the simplest common denominator of skills.

We take a different approach to connecting our students to the workplace. While we agree that students acquire valuable skills in the process of pursuing their degrees, we believe that the strength of the degree doesn't lie in generic skills, but in the specific depth and breadth of the knowledge gained in and out of the classroom. We therefore encourage our students to examine the courses they've taken, look beyond the superficial aspects ("I'm a history major and am good at research") and dig deep for the unique learning and understanding they developed through their education and experiences.

Our ultimate goal is to help our students understand and articulate the value of their experiences here at UT. To that end, we provide a number of services to our students including specialized workshops and programs for specific majors, resume and cover letter writing assistance, practice interviewing, recruiting programs which bring employers to campus, and pre-law and graduate school assistance.

Contact Us

Contact Robert Vega, LACS Director, for help with any services for faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts: r.vega@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7900, FAC 18.



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