Networking: SISLT Alumni Careers Meet SISLT Students
The Learning Technologies program presents two panel discussion webinars featuring six Learning Technologies alumni discussing their careers. The purpose is to connect our alumni and share successful career stories and to introduce current students to alumni and the Mizzou Alumni Association.
Alumni in Academia
- Tawnya Means — Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business, University of Nebraska
- Chris Amelung — Executive Director, Digital Communications at Washington University in St. Louis
- Zac March — Director, Mizzou K–12 Online
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Alumni in Corporate Positions
- Jiazhen Wang — Senior Usability Analyst at Sigma Aldrich, St. Louis
- Sarah Mazzocco — Human Resources, Talent and Organizational Development Leader, Missouri Employers Mutual
- Josipa Basic — UX Research Manager at Amazon, Berlin, Germany
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Question 1: Identify the program within SISLT that you graduated from and what aspects of that program helped you prepare for your current position?
Question 2: What was the most interesting and exciting part of the program for you?
Question 3: What do you see in the job market that is or will be available for students with a degree from SISLT? What should they include in their portfolio?
We are proud to have the only library and information science master’s program in the state of Missouri that is accredited by the American Library Association. Our program was first accredited in 1966/67, and has been continuously accredited ever since. Our graduates work in 48 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and nine countries.
Our alumni pursue a variety of positions. An internal survey in Spring 2016 revealed that 36% of our respondents chose a career as a public librarian. Another 36% are using their library degrees to work in academic libraries, in positions like archivist, head of collections, and e-learning librarians. Finally, 20% of respondents work as special librarians or information specialists, working for corporations and the government as curators, information specialists, and system administrators.
Other graduates have chosen to work in the school systems as school library media specialists and media coordinators. Graduates pursuing the e-learning information professional pathway are prepared to work with both information resources and the information and communication technologies.
Alumni of our Learning Technologies program work in user experience, instructional design, web development, and information architecture at companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Scholastic, Walmart, and the Sheraton Hotel Group. Many of our graduates also work in academia and the public school system as educators, administrators, and consultants. Currently, graduates are on faculty at institutions such as Cornell University, Tamkang University, and Indiana University.
With our AECT endorsed e-learning certificate we are giving educators the chance to further their knowledge for the ever growing field of online learning. This certificate can help recipients advance their careers in education, health care, and in any job where online learning is a key component.
PhD, Information Science & Learning Technologies
With a PhD from SISLT, 61% of our graduates have become professors including 3 of our faculty members. Another 17% work in education administration and instructional design. And 3% have taken their knowledge to the “field” with work in public education administration.
In addition to academia, 20% of polled PhD recipients have gone on to work in the corporate field for companies such as Amazon and Allied Health. SISLT graduates are currently working in usability, instructional design, risk assessment, and digital curation both domestically and internationally.