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Nancy Calvin-Naylor

Managing Director for University of Michigan

Master's Degree Concentration in Counseling in the College of Education

Graduated in 1999

Explain your career path

Having obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, I came to Southeast and began working in financial aid and student affairs areas. This led to my interest in student affairs, which was then a new master's degree concentration in Counseling in the College of Education at Southeast. After working as an academic advisor for a couple of years at Southeast, I wanted to advance my career with a doctorate in the field and set my sights on the top program in the country at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. After completing my PhD, I stayed at U-M in a variety of roles, ending up in a management position at the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS), which is a data repository that explores the public value of higher education.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

I moved to the area with my then-husband and started working at Southeast. It was natural to move into the role of graduate student.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Dr. Karen Myers, who is now faculty at Saint Louis University.

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What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

To trust myself as a scholar and as a professional.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Transformative, parochial

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

There have been many, but I am currently leading a program to study the impact of the Clinical and Translational Science Award program and I'm very excited about the potential of this project to affect programs across the country.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

As a master's student I learned how to think critically and how to work across disciplines. It was through my graduate assistantship with New Student Programs that I experienced hands-on experiential training that I use today.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Do it because you love it - you have to enjoy working with students, with faculty, and with institutions.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

I was already in the real world before I graduated.


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