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Career Center celebrates faculty and staff who support student career development

May 9, 2018

It takes a campus to foster successful, confident, and career-ready Johns Hopkins students.

This past week, the Career Center has celebrated the more than 130 faculty and staff nominated by current Homewood students for helping guide their career development. The faculty and staff—including librarians and coaches—who were nominated for the inaugural Career Champion awards were delivered swag bags that included H-shaped cookies from local Stone Mill Bakery as a thank you for their dedicated guidance.

Two faculty members from the Whiting School of Engineering were awarded the 2018 Career Champion Award. They are:


Donniell FishkindDonniell Fishkind

Associate research professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Fishkind has taught at Johns Hopkins since 2000, and he says he emphasizes a holistic approach to mathematics. He takes joy in supporting his students, regardless of their final destination (including one ’09 grad who is working as a Triple-A baseball umpire). “I am fortunate to work with outstanding students who have wonderful accomplishments and potential,” Fishkind says. “It is gratifying when my students surpass me, and so many do.” Students who nominated Fishkind note that he is always available for student questions and shows genuine concern for their needs and welfare; sometimes answering emails for advice past midnight.

“Dr. Fishkind has been one of the most influential people in my life for the past four years,” says Elle Kim, a senior majoring in applied math and statistics. Kim worked as a teaching assistant for Fishkind and has been his advisee since her first year. “I was torn between pursuing a medical career and continuing a career as a statistician, and I have since decided to apply for a master’s program in computational biology. I can count on him to help me work through various options, giving me fresh perspectives. I simply cannot imagine Hopkins without him.”


Leslie KendrickLeslie Kendrick

Senior lecturer, Center for Leadership Education

“Providing students with the experiences that help them discover their passion before they graduate is incredibly rewarding.” Kendrick says. “Who wouldn’t want to work with students who are bright, highly motivated and willing to learn?” Since starting with the Center for Leadership Education in 2002, Kendrick has pushed her students to network with alums, attend employer coffee chats on campus, or take part in career development intersession courses/trips in January to learn more about potential fields from the source. Her students also get the chance to work with companies through her advertising class, or CLE groups like Hopkins Student Enterprises. “Employers are drawn to these types of experiences when they see them listed on students’ resumes,” she says.

Carley Petrone, a senior studying global environmental change and sustainability, says Kendrick helped her find an internship her junior year, connecting her with employers and serving as a reference. She even made a personal call to the company on Petrone’s behalf. “Ever since I met her through the ad class, she has been so supportive and is always trying to find ways to help me,” Petrone says. “I’m extremely grateful for everything she has done to help me throughout my time here!”


Excerpted and adapted from The Hub >>

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