Parents & Families

April 8, 2014

Husky Parents 101: A guide to student career development

On Saturday, March 8, Parent and Family Programs hosted its first-ever Husky Parents 101 event. Husky Parents 101 was our response to a February 2013 survey of parents and families, when respondents identified the topic of “careers” as their number-one area of interest. The morning provided opportunity for learning, networking, and discussing ways to help UW undergraduates as they begin to develop their career paths.

At the first Husky Parents 101, parents and families heard from University experts about how to navigate the various on-campus career resources available to students, as well as learned about current career-related research and gained insight into job preparation strategies. Participants also had the opportunity to chat one-on-one with faculty and staff and network with other Husky parents in a roundtable format.

The event reached capacity within hours and we were thrilled by the enthusiastic response we’ve received from our UW parent/family community. As one parent said, I am truly impressed by the breadth and depth of the resources available to our children at UW, and by the commitment of the faculty and staff to help and guide our children. Thanks for taking the time to be with us yesterday. We now have a much better appreciation of your [UW’s] dedication to helping our children have a happy and valuable experience at UW.”

With such great post-event feedback, we look forward to continuing the Husky Parents 101 series in the future. We encourage those who weren’t able to attend the event in-person to watch the video coverage.



Robert C. Stacey, Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the importance of encouraging students to pursue their scholarly interests, as great career opportunities can be tied to every major.

In addition to his role as a professor of history, Bob has served as Dean of the UW’s College of Arts and Sciences since January 2013, after one year as interim dean. Other UW academic leadership positions include: Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities (2007-2011), Divisional Dean of Social Sciences (2003-2005), Chair of the Department of History (1997-2002) and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies (1994-1997). A Guggenheim and ACLS fellowship recipient, Bob has received Distinguished Teaching Awards from the UW (1997) and Yale (1988). His Ph.D. is from Yale (1983); he also holds a B.A, summa cum laude, from Williams College, and a B.A/M.A. (with first class honours) from Oxford University.

Michaelann Jundt, Assistant Dean in Undergraduate Academic Affairs, spoke about The Husky Experience, an initiative focused on a partnership between each individual student and the university, to ensure that graduates leave with strong critical thinking skills and competence beyond their chosen major area of study.

Michaelann oversees First Year Programs, Academic Advising, Academic Support Programs and the Husky Leadership Initiative.  Michaelann is committed to the mission of the University of Washington as a public institution, one that challenges students to learn through experiences inside and outside the classroom. Her academic and professional career have been centered at the UW, including earning a PhD. in Education in 2010.

Susan Terry, Director, UW Career Center, presented on career “sophistication,” including tips on navigating on-campus career resources and preparing for internships, jobs and graduate school.

Susan has worked in higher education for more than 20 years and holds a master’s degree in social work. Susan and the Career Center staff are committed to supporting students in successfully connecting their academic and out-of-classroom accomplishments with a wide variety of employers. The Career Center provides a full spectrum of services, from self-exploration and decision-making, to understanding career options and knowing how to prepare for the work world.

Thomas Lee, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the UW’s Foster School of Business, shared findings from his research on job satisfaction.

At the Foster School, Tom is an endowed professor of management specializing in employee commitment, retention and turnover.  He earned his PhD. from the University of Oregon and has been at the University of Washington since 1983.