Emerge with more than a degree!

Emerge offers students an opportunity to participate in high-impact experiential learning activities and to develop professional and leadership skills desired by employers to contribute to and be successful in a 21st Century global society.


What are HIPs?

High Impact Practices, or HIPs, are experiential learning activities tied to the curriculum that employ the following characteristics that make the practices “high-impact”:

  • Effortful
  • Help students build substantive relationships
  • Help student engage across differences
  • Provide students with rich feedback
  • Help students apply and test what they are learning in new situations
  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect on the person they are becoming

What are Professional Skills?

Professional Skills are necessary for success in the 21st century workplace:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Information & Media Literacy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Accountability & Adaptability

Levels of Involvement in the Emerge Program:

Emerge as a MEMBER of the Emerge Learning Community!

All UWF College of Education and Professional Studies students, faculty, and staff interested in participating in high–impact practices and promoting professional skills that have been shown to increase student engagement and success are eligible to become a member of the Emerge Learning Community.


Emerge with a PORTFOLIO!

Students can participate in Emerge Learning Community opportunities to build a professional portfolio based on High Impact Practices and Professional Skills.

Emerge High Impact Practice Activities

- Faculty/Student Research

Faculty guided systematic investigation and research experiences including presentation of findings.

- Diversity/Global Learning

Experiential learning to help students explore diversity and world cultures including study away and study abroad.

- Service/Community Based Learning

Field based learning in collaboration with community partners that allows students to apply learning in a realistic setting while “giving back” to the community by analyzing and solving relevant problems.

- Internship, Field Experience

Direct field experience in a work setting related to career interests, with supervision and guidance provided from professionals in the field.

- Capstone Course/Projects

Culminating experiences near the end of the degree that allow students to integrate and apply content from their program of study.

- Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Learning activities that combine two key goals: learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others including team-based activities, cooperative projects and research.

Emerge Professional Skill Experiences

Leadership

Students must attend one Leadership Assessment Meeting with UWF Leadership and Service http://uwf.edu/Leadserve/. To schedule an appointment, please email Tara Kermiet, Assistant Director of Leadership & Service, at tkermiet@uwf.edu.

Engagement: Engage in an active leadership role for one semester. Leadership positions include employment, registered student organizations, UWF and community activities, and other approved leadership positions.

- OR -

Education:Develop leadership skills through one of the following:

- One semester of an academic course based on Leadership Development
- Attend UWF Leadership Gauntlet
- Attend five Leadership Development Workshops (e.g. Read and Lead, Leadershops, Student Leaders Summit, Employee Training   Program, other approved activity)

Social Responsibility

Contribute 50 community service hours to communities including CEPS, UWF, local and international communities. Service hours must be logged through JasonQuest.

Career Development

Attend two professional development workshops offered by Career Services, Emerge Office, or other approved professional development workshops.




Emerge Portfolio Requirements

High Impact Practice #1

  1. Complete one of the Emerge HIP Experiences
  2. Reflect the HIP Experience through a reflection piece
  3. Present HIP Experience (includes conferences, Student Symposium, Emerge forums, etc.)

High Impact Practice #2

  1. Complete one of the Emerge HIP Experiences
  2. Reflect the HIP Experience through a reflection piece
  3. Present HIP Experience (includes conferences, Student Symposium, Emerge forums, etc.)

Emerge Professional Skill Experiences

  • Complete the Emerge Professional Skill Experiences
  • Reflect the Emerge Professional Skill Experiences
    • Career Development Paper
    • Leadership Paper
    • Social Responsibility Paper
  • Complete Career Development Toolkit
    • Professional Toolkit containing Resume, Cover Letter, Business Cards, References, Letters of Recommendation. Submit these through an Optimal Resume web page.
  • Present Professional Skills
    • Student will present their Professional Skills at a mock interview event hosted by Emerge.



Emerge as a SCHOLAR!

Students can graduate with SCHOLAR distinction upon completion of their Emerge Portfolio. Emerge Scholar distinction includes an Induction Ceremony, graduation regalia, and recognition on transcript.


If you are a UWF College of Education and Professional Studies student (major or minor), and would like to receive more information about getting started, please contact the Emerge Office at emerge@uwf.edu.

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