Employer Relations Director for Education and Health Professions Receives AACE President’s Award

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Madelyn Jones

Madelyn Jones, Employer Relations Director for the University for educational and health professionsrecently won the President’s Award from the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers.

Jones is serving her first term as Director of the AACE Board. The organization is made up of college relations and career counseling professionals, human resource professionals, employers and human resource development organizations who work to ensure graduate success.

A letter of nomination noted that Jones took on challenging committee duties and successfully oversaw the transition back to an in-person conference nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The success of this conference is a testament to Madelyn’s attention to detail, her willingness to venture into uncharted waters where there is no precedent, and her commitment to serving AACE and the career services profession,” read the award letter.

Jones said she feels fortunate to be part of an organization that facilitates extensive networking opportunities and strengthened relationships between university careers services and employers.

“I appreciate having the opportunity to build connections across the country that will ultimately improve the career path for students and young professionals,” she said. “I feel humbled and proud to receive the President’s Award and look forward to continuing many more years of service.”

Jones was named first Director of Employer Relations for the College of Education and Health Professions in 2021. She serves as the liaison for local and regional businesses looking to recruit and hire U of A students from the college, the university’s third largest with more than 6,000 students. Most of the college’s programs involve hands-on learning. Majors include nursing, teaching, exercise science, athletic training, occupational therapy, counseling, public health, and communication disorders.

Jones coordinates on-campus employer recruitment and schedules employer spokespersons. She also moderates career events and industry tours, and provides training for employers, faculty and students to raise awareness of employment opportunities. Jones was previously the college’s career counselor, assisting students in exploring their careers, career development and transitioning into their professional careers.

Robert Ellis, who previously served as the Employer Relations Coordinator for the Career Development Center, has been promoted to the role of Career Advisor. He helps students by reviewing resumes and cover letters, facilitating mock interviews, and helping them build a consistent professional brand.

Businesses are invited to email Jones at [email protected] or call 479-575-8636. Employers and organizations interested in participating in the college can fill out one interest form. Students seeking career advice can email Ellis at [email protected] or call 479-575-2933.

About the University of Education and Health Professions: That University for educational and health professions offers advanced academic degrees, professional development opportunities, and learning communities serving the education and healthcare systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides the training and experience for a variety of professional roles ranging from community mental health counselor to school teacher and executive. Programs in adult and higher education, as well as educational technology and sports management, offer a wide range of options. In addition to educational opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech therapists, health educators and administrators, recreational professionals, rehabilitation consultants, and human capacity researchers.

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