The 2018 conference takes place May 31 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX hosted by the University of Houston and the University of Houston - Downtown.
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Friday, June 1 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
"Soft Skills" Require "Hard Development"

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Companies across the country are reporting that college graduates are coming to them unprepared to be good employees (or, in some cases, even successfully navigating the hiring process to get a job!). Hiring managers are reporting that our graduates lack “soft skills,” the tools needed to be successful in work and life. While teaching content is always prioritized in our college classes, universities are more broadly considering how soft skills can be integrated effectively into curriculum. Anecdotally, arts administration faculty have long reported curriculum standards include the integration of soft skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. Yet, little analysis has been done to examine how soft skills are referenced, incorporated, taught and assessed in arts administration programs and courses.This interactive session will engage participants in relevant soft skills based activities, share research findings of a 360-degree view of soft skill development from the student, faculty and supervisor perspective, and discuss best practices for integration and assessment.

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Rachel Shane

Chair, Department of Arts Administration, University of Kentucky
Dr. Rachel Shane is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the BA and MA programs. Dr... Read More →
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Armen Shaomian

Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Armen Shaomian has extensive background in performing arts, education and project management consulting. He is an active concert pianist and is currently an assistant professor in sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina.

Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown
  • Track Pedagogy and Practice

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