Familiar Face

Faith Sheaffer-Polen

Outreach Program Director
Corporate University
Stark Campus

JOB DESCRIPTION:

hink of us as a match-making service for corporate education. Our team meets with hundreds of employers during the year and listens to challenges and needs of their organization and of their work team. We have a database of trainers and facilitators we then “match” to the needs of the company and create a training plan for them. After making the introduction, we manage the relationship, which we hope is for the lifetime of the company!

Another popular service we provide is survey and research support. Many times, a company will be interested in a complimentary employee survey, and based on that data, we can then offer training and development programs.

In addition, I facilitate training myself and do a bit of coaching for internal and external clients.  

As part of a Regional Campus, our department supports many across-campus events and programs, such as a professional development conference for students, job shadowing experiences for international students and strategic initiatives.

WORKED AT KENT STATE SINCE:

July 2012

EMPLOYMENT PRIOR TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:

My career path has been a crazy quilt of skills and opportunities. Out of college, I worked for a national bank as branch manager then followed my heart into employee development and training. Best. Decision. Ever. When training departments were cut in the early 90s, I was fortunate the connections I had paid off in contract training gigs and career coaching with a company on the forefront of “remote” work. The Hoover Company was our first major project locally. I was onsite for a little over two years working with people on their career transitions.

Sprinkled throughout were stints as a musician, music director for a church and public school teacher.

LIKES MOST ABOUT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:

The energy that students bring to campus and knowing that education changes lives; whether it is traditional education, adult education, online learning, classroom learning, internships or professional development. I see it time and time again. What a gift.

ATTRACTION TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AS AN EMPLOYER:

I used to drive by and think: “What a lovely campus and what a lovely building to work in!” Also, looking back, I would have liked the opportunity to pursue higher education sooner and be a classroom instructor on the credit side. I never considered all the other career possibilities in a university and having even a small part in the development of students is a dream come true for me. To be part of something so important and so life changing.

RESIDES IN:

Alliance, Ohio

HOMETOWN:

Hartville, Ohio

EDUCATION:

Undergraduate: Business Administration, Kent State University; Graduate: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the University of Akron

HOBBIES:

Learning, singing, playing keyboard and guitar, bike riding, kayaking, crocheting pot scrubbies