Professional, Academic, and Personal Support for Students
Career and Professional Enhancement for Students
The AU Career Center offers students opportunities to develop and refine resumes, take career and personality assessments, improve interview skills, as well as obtain information about job and internship opportunities. Students may schedule appointments to meet with a career counselor through this link: http://www.american.edu/careercenter/Advising-Appointments.cfm. The Career Center also hosts job fairs and networking opportunities throughout the academic year.
The Writing Center provides graduate students with writing and editing support. Graduate students may meet with a peer graduate consultant who will provide individualized writing instruction and resources to improve a student's writing skills. A student may schedule these sessions as often as twice per week. The Writing Center also hosts workshops on general writing topics of interest to graduate students through the Graduate Enhancement Workshop Series. Please see the section below for more information.
The Writing Lab provides help to graduate students who need assistance with developing a thesis or organizing a writing assignment. Writing Lab consultants are specially trained to assist students with disabilities and students who are not native speakers of English. The Writing Lab is located in MGC 243 in the Academic Support and Access Center.
Contact: Marjorie Raley, Associate Director, Learning Resources Academic Support and Access Center (firstname.lastname@example.org, x3360)
Statistical Consulting Center
The Statistics Center provides statistical consulting services to students, faculty, and staff. They can provide training and support on statistical software, or provide guidance on research project development. Center consultants can assist students or faculty in developing surveys, choosing an appropriate statistical tool, or importing data into statistical software. The Center does not provide ongoing statistical coursework tutoring.
The Office of Graduate Studies hosts a series of workshops each semester. Several of the workshops touch upon professional and academic development topics, such as journal publication, interviewing skills, writing skills, and a range of other topics . The workshop schedule can be accessed here: http://www.american.edu/provost/grad/workshops.cfm. Additionally, the Career Center and the University Library also provide workshops and appointments for students who want to hone crucial professional skills.
CTRL provides resources to AU faculty, students, and staff to enhance their teaching and research skills. The Center is organized into three operational areas: teaching and learning, research support, and online learning. The teaching and learning group provides general teaching resources, teaching with technology support, and teacher training support for PhD candidates (Greenberg Seminars). CTRL also hosts the Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching and Learning each January. The research support arm provides support for quantitative and qualitative research, and manages a computer lab that provides direct support and instruction for research software (http://www.american.edu/ctrl/lab.cfm). The online learning group provides support to faculty members who wish to incorporate online or mobile learning into the classroom.
Students may need access to additional resources for specific, more severe problems from time to time. This is a brief listing and description of additional campus resources for students who need additional forms of targeted help.
The CARE Network is a tool for faculty and staff to identify and support students who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors, poor coping skills, or severe distress. Should you or a faculty member observe or learn about a student who is exhibiting distressed, disturbed, or threatening behavior, you may submit an online report to the CARE Network via the AU portal (underneath the Life@AU tab) or call the Dean of Students' Office at x3300. You will receive confirmation that your report has been recorded and the Dean's office will reach out to the student to provide individualized support, assistance, or appropriate referrals. Click here to learn more about signs of a distressed student, CARE Network report confidentiality, as well as steps the Dean's Office will take once you have made a report: http://www.american.edu/ocl/dos/Care-Network.cfm.
Contacts: Public Safety, x3636
Dean of Students, x3300
DC Rape Crisis Center, 202-333-7273
Academic Support and Access Center
The Academic Support and Access Center provides resources and accommodation arrangements for AU students with disabilities. Some of the accommodation services the ASAC provides include priority class registration, accommodation letters, facilitation of physical access to campus spaces, interpreters, note takers, and assistive devices. In order to receive a disability accommodation, a student must submit documentation of their disability, complete the Student Accommodation questionnaire, and meet with an ASAC counselor. The process is outlined here: http://www.american.edu/ocl/asac/For-Students-Eligibility.cfm.