- Executive Director, Career Development & Community Engagement and Assessment and Planning Liaison
Lauren Loeffler currently serves as the executive director of Career Development and Community Engagement at UWF. She oversees functions related to community and employer engagement, career education, high-impact practices and experiential learning, the University’s current Quality Enhancement Plan and assessment within the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs. Lauren has been at UWF since 2004, previously serving as director and assistant Director of Career Services. At UWF, Lauren has also worked as a community engagement fellow with the Office of Community Engagement, co-chairing the effort to attain the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, as a co-chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) implementation team and liaison to co-curricular programs for the QEP, and an assessment fellow for the Accreditation, Strategic Planning and Institutional Research office.
In addition, Lauren is also a member of the Florida Career Consortium Board of Directors and has served as a mentor and in other leadership roles within the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Prior to coming to UWF, Lauren worked in Career Services at Old Dominion University and as a recruiting executive for a large national staffing firm. Lauren earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in psychology, a master's degree in counseling from Old Dominion University, and a specialist in education degree from the University of West Florida. Lauren is also a doctoral candidate in the doctorate of education program at UWF.