2017 Career Construction Institute Scholarship Recipients




Jenna Bice – John L. Holland Scholarship for an Outstanding Young Professional in the Field of Vocational Guidance and Career Development

Academic Advisor, College of the Arts – Kent State University
Ph.D. Candidate – Kent State University, Education Administration Higher Education

Jenna Elizabeth Bice is an Academic Advisor for the College of the Arts at Kent State University. She specializes in the Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance. Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Theatre Management and a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development at Kent State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education Administration with a certificate in Career Advising. Jenna is very thankful and honored to have received the John L. Holland Scholarship to continue learning and developing skills in Career Construction. She is very passionate about this subject and helping students discover their stories. She would like to thank the Career Construction Institute Board for this opportunity.



Julie Hill – Mark L. Savickas Scholarship for Outreach and Achievement in Rehabilitation Counseling

Ph.D. Candidate - University of Arkansas in Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Rehabilitation Education and Research

Julie attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Early Childhood Education, and graduated in 2006. She returned to Fort Collins, CO and worked as a toddler teacher, a special education paraprofessional at a junior high school, a substitute teacher, and was finally able to gain a position in her dream job of being an early childhood special education teacher. She applied to and was accepted to the Counseling and Career Development master’s program at Colorado State University. While there, she completed a thesis on adolescents with chronic health conditions. During this time she fell in love with counseling and career construction theory. During the first two years of graduate school, she served as the Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Lab on campus, as well as completed two internships, one with the Trio program, and the other in the academic advising office for the Human Development and Family Studies department. During her last semester, she was asked to teach an undergraduate class for the department and advise part time. During this time Julie and a colleague created the Inclusive Career Genogram, an intervention for people of all ages and stages of life, explore career possibilities and broaden their minds to options not previously considered. The intervention combines building a traditional career genogram and then expanding on that genogram by using interview questions from the Career Construction Interview process. While serving in this professional role, she started a student organization called the CSU Spoonies. This group is intended to be a support and advocacy group for students with chronic health conditions and allies. In August of 2015, Julie moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Education and Research because she discovered that she enjoyed teaching even if the students weren’t preschoolers and most shocking of all was her new passion: research!



Will Miller M.S., NCC – John Orr Crites Academic Scholar Award

Behavioral Health/Human Services Faculty, Community College of Philadelphia
Ph.D. Candidate, Oregon State University

Will Miller teaches in the Behavioral Health/Human Services program at Community College of Philadelphia. He is also a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Oregon State University. Will has incorporated Career Construction Theory and Life Design Counseling in his work as a college and career counselor since first seeing Mark Savickas present in 2010. His dissertation will explore incorporating the Career Construction Interview as an online learning module in courses with community college students.



Evan Faidley – The Donald E. Super International Ambassador Award

Ph.D. student, Kent State University - Higher Education Administration

As he pursues his doctorate, Evan will be serving as the graduate assistant to the Division of Graduate Studies, working with students in advanced degree programs on thesis/dissertation preparation and career orientation. Evan also serves as an assistant lecturer of French at Kent State University, Walsh University, and the University of Akron. His areas of interest are: career development (advising and counseling), narratological semiotics in the analysis of French semantics and pragmatics, the integration of life-designing into academic advising, and the internationalization of higher education.



Jennifer White Miller - The Lee Joyce Richmond Scholarship for Empowering and Mentoring Young Adults in Transition through Career Development and Counseling

NTT Faculty – Career and Community Studies, Kent State University

Jennifer Miller works as a NTT Faculty in the Career and Community Studies program at Kent State University. For the past four years, she has worked developing jobs for students with intellectual disabilities. Jennifer provides career education, development, and guidance while actively mentoring young adults with disabilities. She obtained her Master of Education in Special Education, Moderate to Intensive, with a Transition Endorsement. Jennifer co-collaborates with students, using Life Design and the Career Construction Interview. Her research interest includes life design and use of technology in special education and career development.