Conference Presentations, Awards, and Published Works

Green Hall

Wellesley Career Education Awards

NACE Excellence Award

NACE Excellence Award, Career Service Excellence Award — Small College, (June 2017)

Eduventures Innovation Award

Eduventures Innovation Award, "New Approach to Teaching, Learning, or Student Support," (June 2017)

Selected Conference Presentations

Brennan, S. (2020, March). “Human Skills, From Conversations to Convergence, career development subject matter expert.” JWEL: MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts.

Brennan, S. (2019, December). “The Art and Science of Transforming Career Education.” uConnect Career Everywhere Conference, Boston Massachusetts.

Brennan, S. (2019, June). “Career Services Reimagined: The Art and Science of Transformation That Can Drive Recruitment, Retention, Reputation, Relevance and ROI.” Lawlor Group Summer Seminar, Minneapolis Minnesota.

Konkle, E. & Mandeville, E. (2019, March). “Developing Change Agents: Connecting Civic Engagement to Career Education.” NASPA, Los Angeles, CA.

Konkle, E. & Mandeville, E. (2019, June). “All Careers Have Social Impact: Integrating Career Education and Civic Engagement.” NACE, Orlando, FL.

Pollard, J. M. & Mattern, T. (2019, June). “Personalization at Scale: Digital Discoverability in the Age of Netflix.” NACE, Orlando, FL.

Pollard, J. M. & Mattern, T. (2019, June). “Personalization at Scale: Digital Discoverability in the Age of Netflix.” EACE, Hartford, CT.

Pollard, J. M. & Mattern, T. (2019, May). “Personalization at Scale: Digital Discoverability in the Age of Netflix.” Communicating Careers, Boston, MA.

Konkle, E., Ryan, K., Bloom, J. (2019, March). “Gentle Angry People: Using Appreciative Advising to Support Student Activists.” NASPA, Los Angeles, CA.

Pollard, J., Coleman, P., Wentworth, T., Moulton, S., Mor, K. (2019, March). “Closing the Mentorship Gap.” CASE, Boston, MA.

Brennan, S. (2018, June). “Culture by Design.” National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), New Orleans Louisiana.

Brennan, S. (2018, April). “FoT@W Panel: The Future of Arts and Humanities in a Changing World of Work.” ASU GSV Summit, San Diego California. 

Brennan, S. (2018, February). “The Future of Career Services: Visibility, Connectivity, and Impact.” Academic Impressions, Boston Massachusetts.

Pollard, J. M. & Tate, K. A. (2017, June). “The New Standard in Career Services Assessment: Trends and Action Steps for Community-Based Models.” Presented at EACE, Niagra Falls, NY.

Konkle E. A. & Taylor, L. (2016, March). “Design Thinking in Higher Education innovation.” NASPA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Konkle, E.A. & Taylor, L. (2016, March). “Design Thinking in Higher Education.” ACPA Montreal Canada.

Pollard, J. M. (2015, June). “Demystifying Data: A Career Outcomes and Visual Communication Model.” Presented at EACE, Pittsburgh, PA, and ACPA, Tampa, FL.

Konkle, E. A. (2015, January). “Design Thinking for innovation.” Appreciative Education Conference, Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

Konkle, E. A., Propst-Cuevas, A., & Bloom, J.L. (2014, March). “Appreciative Advising and StrengthsFinder.” NASPA National Conference, Baltimore Maryland.

Konkle, E. A. (2014, February). “Strengths based approaches to community engagement.” Student Leadership and Diversity Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia South Carolina.

Pollard, J. M. (2014, June). “Telling an Effective Story Through Data and Visuals.” Presented at EACE, Annapolis, 

Konkle, E. A. (2012, November). “New approaches, new realities: Strengths based approaches to institutional transformation.” Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas Nevada.

Selected Published Works

Ryan, K, A., (May 2016), Incorporating emotional geography into climate change research: A case study in Londonderry, Vermont, USA. Emotion, Space and Society, 19, 5-12.

Bloom, J. L., Hutson, B. L., He, Y., & Konkle, E. A. (2013). The appreciative advising training workbook: Translating theory to practice. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing.

Konkle, E. A., Sommers, J. K., & Bruininks, R. (2017). A gathering storm: A road to renewal for the public research university. In Envisioning the 21st Century Research University. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Konkle, E. A., Sommers, J. K., Sorenson, N., & Weerts, D. A. (Accepted). Engage, disrupt, inspire: Design thinking as a pathway to innovation.” In Envisioning the 21st Century Research University. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Bruininks, R., Furco, A., Jones, R., & Konkle, E. A. (2014). Institutionalizing civic engagement at the University of Minnesota.” In Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities, edited by H. C. Boyte. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Mather, P., & Konkle, E. A. (2013). “The connection between service and well-being: Implications for practice.” Positive Psychology and Appreciative Education in Student Affairs Practice New Directions for Student Services, edited by P. Mather & E. Hulme. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

Media Mentions

Susan Brennan, Associate Provost & Director, Career Education

February 18, 2020
Wall Street Journal, Amazon Changes the Way it Recruits MBAs
Assistant Dean, Susan Brennan, shared her perspective on student desire to build face-to-face relationships with recruiters.

December 5, 2019
Poets & Quants, Tech Finally Catches Up with Consulting as MIT Sloan’s Top Choice
MBA Student motivations are focused on growth opportunities according to Susan Brennan, Assistant Dean.

November 2, 2018
New York Times, More Colleges are Playing the Long Game
Assistant Dean, Susan Brennan, weighs in on ensuring career education is a critical piece of the educational process.

October 10, 2018
UConnect, Coffee Break Conversation
Assistant Dean, Susan Brennan, shares her persepective on trends in Career Development.

January 2018
Counter Offer, The Career Advice Podcast That Helps You Love Mondays
Co-hosted seven-episode podcast available on iTunes.

December 4, 2017
Business Insider, Bentley Takes Leadership Role in Employability Summit
Associate Vice President of Career Services, Susan Brennan, shares insights as Commission member and Co-Chair of Career Services working group at NEBHE Employability Summit.

November 9, 2017
Chronicle of Higher Education, Future of Work Summit at Bentley University
Associate Vice President of Career Services, Susan Brennan, shares insights on panel “How Colleges are Responding: Experts from Academe Weigh In.”

September 25, 2017
University Business, Making Career Services an Institutional Priority
Associate Vice President, Susan Brennan, shares seven strategies that have proven successful at Bentley University.

August 24, 2017
Bloomberg Radio, Career Services Interview Featuring Susan Brennan 
Vice President of Bentley University Career Services Susan Brennan shares insights on creating a new kind of curriculum to prepare college graduates.

August 21, 2017
BizEd, Career-Oriented Communities
Bentley's new Career Community model is highlighted for the program's originality and effectiveness.

July 31, 2017
GoodCall, How Important Is Your College Major?
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares how students can pair their college major with technical skills to make them more desirable to employers.        

May 18, 2017
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Career Services in the Classroom
Associate Vice President for Career Services Susan Brennan explains how Bentley’s career counselors work with faculty and others on campus to help students find meaning work after graduation.

April 28, 2017
Evolllution, The Differentiating Power of Employer Relationships: What It Takes to Develop Strong Partnerships
Associate Vice President of University Career Services Susan Brennan shares how universities can strong relationships with employers.

April 9, 2017
Bloomberg Radio, Career Services Interview Featuring Susan Brennan 
Vice President of Bentley University Career Services Susan Brennan shares the importance of providing exceptional customer service to students visiting college career services departments.

March 31, 2017
Chicago Tribune, Students selecting a college increasingly consider long-term job prospects, debt
Princeton Review highlight’s Bentley as the number one college for internship opportunities in the country.

February 21, 2017
USA Today College- 3 notoriously tough interview questions (and how to answer them
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares strategies on answering  intimidating interview questions. USA Today also made a video to share Brennan's advice.

January 19, 2017
Money, If You Want a Cool Internship This Summer, You Should Do This Right Now
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares how college networks can help students find internships.

January 13, 2017
GoodCall, How Much Do College Career Services Really Help Students?
Susan Brennan, associate vice president of Career Services, explains why Bentley's Career Services department is ranked number one by the Princeton Review.

December 21, 2016
Business Insider, 4 subtle social media mistakes that could make potential employers pass you by
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares how social media missteps cam negatively impact your career.

November 28, 2016
Monster, The best college activities to boost your resume
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares how students can improve their resume with college activities.

November 20, 2016
University Business-Closing the gap between college career services and employers
Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares how colleges can improve their career service offerings.

October 23, 2016
Chronicle of Higher Education- How Colleges Can Do Better at Helping Students Get Jobs
Associate Vice President of Career Services Susan Brennan shares Bentley’s holistic approach to career services.

September 13, 2016
U.S. News- Colleges Take Steps to Prepare Students for Careers
Bentley is recognized for effectively preparing students for the workplace through its "Hire Education" program and career development course, CDI 101.