American University School of Professional & Extended Studies

American University School of Professional & Extended Studies The School of Professional & Extended Studies/SPExS

The School of Professional & Extended Studies/SPExS (2012-21) was the seventh major academic school of American University. A higher education study unit which encompassed several diverse programs - including Washington Semester Program, English Language and Training Academy (ELTA), Graduate Professional Studies, Gap Program, Mentorship Program DC, Mentorship Program UK, Non-Credit and Certificate

programs, and more - the school was conceptualized under the framework of continuing education/lifelong learning and professional development.

  > As of July 1, 2021, all programs from the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies have moved t...
07/19/2021

> As of July 1, 2021, all programs from the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies have moved to new offices within American University, and this page is now archived. Please visit www.american.edu/spexs to learn more information. Thank you for your support!

06/28/2021

More cheers to the American University (AU) Cornerstone program, which had its beginning as SPExS' Mentorship Program. Evolving into AU Cornerstone this year, the now university-wide program has fully launched.

Watch double-Eagle Jessica Waters, AU Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost for Academic Student Services, discuss how first-year students get the "best of both worlds" by participating in the program. Learn more about AU Cornerstone at https://bit.ly/3vN4D3K.

  > On Tuesday, July 27th at Noon EST, our Sports Analytics and Management program (http://bit.ly/2ML4KrM) will sponsor ...
06/23/2021

> On Tuesday, July 27th at Noon EST, our Sports Analytics and Management program (http://bit.ly/2ML4KrM) will sponsor a panel discussion, "Sports and Entertainment in a Covid World," as part of the American University Sine Institute's 2021 summer webinar series, Summer With Sine.

"In this seminar, AU alumna and NFL Washington Football Team SVP Julie Andreeff Jensen explores the impact of COVID-19 on sports, the lessons learned and what to expect moving forward." (Source: Event Website)

Panelists for this discussion will include Monica Dixon, CAO and President External Affairs Monumental Sports, Chair Monumental Sports Foundation; Nicole Hawkins, Chief Communications Officer for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League; and Derrick Dockery, U.S. Government Affairs at TikTok and former National Football League Player.

Register for or obtain additional details about this event at https://bit.ly/2SndJ9t. We hope to see you there!

06/18/2021

Cheers to the American University Cornerstone program, which had its beginning as SPExS' Mentorship Program. Since many AU undergraduate students matriculate in the spring semester, former SPExS dean Carola Weil wanted to ensure that they, nevertheless, were active and connected with the university during the fall. Via the Mentorship Program, these were offered a fall in DC or a semester in Bath, England and courses that would count towards their degree. Evolving into AU Cornerstone this year, the now university-wide program has fully launched. We are .

Watch SPExS' Ashley Barnes, former Mentorship Program assistant director, highlight the benefits of AU Cornerstone. Learn more about this outstanding program at https://bit.ly/3vN4D3K.

"From fantasy leagues to biometrics, sports is becoming its own cyborg," according to the Inverse article, "The Future o...
06/15/2021

"From fantasy leagues to biometrics, sports is becoming its own cyborg," according to the Inverse article, "The Future of Sports is Algorithms, Not Athletes," where contributor Matt Winkler (professor and director of our online Master of Science in Sports Analytics and Management program) offers his staple keen insight on how the sports industry is evolving.

Read it today at https://bit.ly/2TApr0I. Learn more about the American University MS in Sports Analytics and Management Program at http://bit.ly/2ML4KrM.

From fitness wearables to VR training, sports is becoming an incredibly technical profession. But are humans at risk of being edged out by intelligent robots?

As part of   and the American Evaluation Association's LBGT TIG (topic interest group) Week, our MS in Measurement and E...
06/14/2021

As part of and the American Evaluation Association's LBGT TIG (topic interest group) Week, our MS in Measurement and Evaluation Spring 2020 alum Michael Petillo (he/they) co-wrote two thought-provoking for the Association's publication, AEA 365.

1) "A Deeper Love: LGBTQ2S-Centered Anti-Oppressive, Equitable Evaluation in Practice," co-written by Rory Neuner (she/her), explores "what an anti-oppression practice means and how it can empower LGBTQ2S+ people (among others, too)." > https://bit.ly/3xkrTqx

2) "The Revolution Will Not Be Surveyed: Resisting Erasure and Othering of LGBTQ2S+ Community," co-written by Esrea Perez-Bill (she/they), serves as a clarion call for and creative researchers "to coalition in radical solidarity with us against the othering/erasure of LGBTQ2S+ people." > https://bit.ly/2TnUPiN

AEA 365 (https://www.aea365.org) offers readers a tip a day by and for evaluators. For information on American University's MS in Measurement and Evaluation program, visit https://bit.ly/2WVWom4.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the preeminent national organization focused on the employm...
06/10/2021

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the preeminent national organization focused on the employment of the college educated.

In the NACE Journal article, "Comparing NACE Competencies Virtually Through Intern Self-Assessments and Employer Assessments," our own Beverly Peters, Ph.D. (faculty, MS in Measurement and Evaluation program) and Amy Morrill-Bijeau (University Advisor and Director of Experiential Learning) examine if students can gain career competency through internships.

Their compares student self-assessments and supervisor evaluations from those participating in our Washington Semester Program's fall 2020 semester (virtual, in-person, and hybrid). Read their article today at https://bit.ly/2SgQYUJ.

Visit http://bit.ly/washsem to learn more about the Washington Semester Program and https://bit.ly/2WVWom4 for information on our MS in Measurement and Evaluation program.

  > As part of American University's Staff Appreciation Week - a week devoted to celebrating staff members' contribution...
06/09/2021

> As part of American University's Staff Appreciation Week - a week devoted to celebrating staff members' contributions to the university - we honor one of our own, Donna Chapman Williams, who for forty years has beautified the campus with her fountain of outstanding service. Currently a university advisor of student services with the School of Professional & Extended Studies' (SPExS) Washington Semester Programs, Donna was nominated for the week's most prestigious staff award, the Maria Bueno Lifetime Achievement Award, by SPExS Dean Jill Klein.

An award designed to promote and recognize outstanding performance by staff at the university, Dean Klein and the faculty and staff of SPExS/ Washington Semester Programs sincerely congratulate Donna on this distinct recognition.

Donna would like to thank Dean Klein for nominating her and AU Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw, along with former AU Deans Carola Weil (SPExS) and David Brown (Washington Semester Program), for stalwartly supporting the nomination.

Are you ready to step into the role of or cement your status as an   leader? Then join us for the next informational   f...
06/07/2021

Are you ready to step into the role of or cement your status as an leader? Then join us for the next informational for our acclaimed LCOP (Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance) program on Tuesday, July 13th, from 12 Noon to 1 PM Eastern. Register at https://bit.ly/2TairXV.

The webinar will be hosted by leadership coaching and program session leader Christopher Brookfield, "a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington DC office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. With more than 15+ years as an executive coach, he specializes in supporting CxO, executive team, and senior executive performance and development. Chris manages worldwide coaching programs for Fortune 100 companies, and partners with executive search colleagues and clients to support critical talent assessment and development needs." (Source: Heidrick & Struggles)

Visit http://bit.ly/2KDs8bt to learn more about LCOP.

"Over the past year, we have seen a massive, rapid move towards remote data collection from all sectors of the evaluatio...
06/04/2021

"Over the past year, we have seen a massive, rapid move towards remote data collection from all sectors of the evaluation field. While much of our focus as evaluators has been on getting the technology to work for our needs, issues of representation and participation in remote evaluations must not be overlooked."

Read the insightful American Evaluation Association article, "Overcoming Underrepresentation of Women in Remote Data Collection" (bit.ly/3gcsNhN), by our Measurement and Evaluation program student Jess Littman. Jess provides excellent tips on how to improve gender representation among remote evaluators.

Learn more about our online MS in Measurement and Evaluation program at bit.ly/2WVWom4.

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  > Dean Jill Klein and the faculty and staff of the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies remem...
05/31/2021

> Dean Jill Klein and the faculty and staff of the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies remember and honor our country's fallen soldiers today...and every day.

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  > Breaking news! Our faculty member, project management specialist Alexia Nalewaik, Ph.D., has won an Editor's Choice ...
05/26/2021

> Breaking news! Our faculty member, project management specialist Alexia Nalewaik, Ph.D., has won an Editor's Choice Award from PMWorld Journal for her September 2020 article, "Creating Useful and Appropriate Project Reports (Advances in Project Management)." Congratulations, Dr. Nalewaik!!!

"Editor’s Choice Awards are selected each year by the Managing Editor of the PMWJ based on perceived importance to the project management field, perceived value or usefulness to readers, and quality of the writing. All articles considered were well-written and high quality in terms of depth and relevance." (Source: PMWorld Journal)

Read her article here: https://bit.ly/3yJQIxU. To learn more about PMWJ Author Awards, visit https://pmworldjournal.com/awards. American University

     American University > Our Class of 2020 graduate, the diligent Julie Iddings (MS in Human Resource Analytics and Ma...
05/18/2021

American University > Our Class of 2020 graduate, the diligent Julie Iddings (MS in Human Resource Analytics and Management), was ecstatic about the opportunity to follow up her Class of 2021 counterparts with an in-person commencement ceremony.

Here, she's pictured with Jessica Bancroft, assistant director of our Graduate Professional Studies arm, who in the second group photo is pictured with three of our Class of 2021 graduates (L to R) Rita Osei (MS in Healthcare Management), Empress Payne and Semence Bonane (both MS in Human Resource Analytics and Management). Congratulations, again, to all our and graduates.

Learn more about our online Master of Science degrees in Sports Analytics and Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Analytics and Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation at http://bit.ly/2r7xT9R.

American University School of Professional & Extended Studies faculty member and director of our MS in Sports Analytics ...
05/14/2021

American University School of Professional & Extended Studies faculty member and director of our MS in Sports Analytics and Management program Matt Winkler has contributed to the sports business/real estate themed Washington Business Journal article, "The Replacements. Which Locality Has the Best Field Position for a New Football Stadium. Take a Look."

Read it at https://bit.ly/2QfYgXx.

Learn more about our Sports Analytics and Management (SAM) at bit.ly/2ML4KrM.

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  > Are you ready to take the GRE or LSAT exams and get to that next station in your academic or professional pursuits? ...
05/11/2021

> Are you ready to take the GRE or LSAT exams and get to that next station in your academic or professional pursuits? Well, we are ready to help you succeed! We offer (Graduate Record Examination) and (Law School Admission Test) test preparation courses which emphasize exam content, test taking strategies, goal setting, and practice.

Guided by expert instructors, our Summer 2021 Session begins on Thursday, June 3rd. Sign up today at https://bit.ly/2EhQ6rl!

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  > Happy Commencement Day to our   from Dean Jill Klein and the faculty and staff of the American University School of ...
05/08/2021

> Happy Commencement Day to our from Dean Jill Klein and the faculty and staff of the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies.

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  > Location: American University's Bender Arena, the venue for tomorrow's commencement ceremony >   President Sylvia M....
05/07/2021

> Location: American University's Bender Arena, the venue for tomorrow's commencement ceremony > President Sylvia M. Burwell and the world of business are ready for our brilliant graduating class, who have completed online Master of Science degrees in Sports Analytics and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Healthcare Management, and Human Resource Analytics and Management. Congratulations, SPExS Class of 2021!

  > "Where will the jobs be in the sports business in the next decade? Who better to ask than Matt Winkler, the Professo...
05/05/2021

> "Where will the jobs be in the sports business in the next decade? Who better to ask than Matt Winkler, the Professor & Director, Sports Analytics & Management at American University?"

Read the Sports Market Analytics profile featuring our faculty member Matt Winkler today at https://bit.ly/3nORCUH.

Learn more about our Sports Analytics and Management (SAM) program at http://bit.ly/2ML4KrM.

Interested in becoming an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set themself apart by co...
04/30/2021

Interested in becoming an external executive coach, an internal coach, or a leader who wants to set themself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees? Join leadership coaching specialist Christopher Brookfield on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 12pm Eastern for an informational on our acclaimed executive coaching program - Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) at American University. Register at https://bit.ly/3e2IvfM.

"Christopher (Chris) Brookfield is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington DC office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. With more than 15+ years as an executive coach, he specializes in supporting CxO, executive team, and senior executive performance and development. Chris manages worldwide coaching programs for Fortune 100 companies, and partners with executive search colleagues and clients to support critical talent assessment and development needs." (Source: Heidrick & Struggles)

Visit http://bit.ly/2KDs8bt to learn more about LCOP.

Here are American University Earth Day Art Contest submissions from Luke Persse and Jack Elliot, children of School of P...
04/23/2021

Here are American University Earth Day Art Contest submissions from Luke Persse and Jack Elliot, children of School of Professional & Extended Studies staff members. Enjoy!

04/16/2021

< View the full-length video at https://bit.ly/2RGqtHv >

In this excellent American University School of Professional & Extended Studies "Expert Conversations" video, faculty member Beverly Peters, Ph.D. discusses work in the nongovernmental and humanitarian aid sector with Babylonia Aziz, CFCM, Head of Awards for the Middle East and Eastern Europe for Save the Children US.

Ms. Aziz discusses her undergraduate education, which included a semester in American University's International Environment and Development Semester under Dr. Peters’ mentorship. She also elaborates on her work in agricultural projects, clean energy, and the humanitarian aid sector throughout the world, reflecting on day-to-day challenges she faces working in conflict prone regions.

Watch it today!

  > Our students state it best: the learning experience offered by our English Language and Training Academy at American...
04/12/2021

> Our students state it best: the learning experience offered by our English Language and Training Academy at American University (ELTA) renders them become better speakers, writers, and thinkers.

Apply today at http://bit.ly/2o4rMl8. Upcoming application deadlines > the final [domestic] deadline for our Summer 2021 session is Friday, May 7, 2021. The priority [international] deadline for the Fall 2021 semester is Friday, April 30, 2021. We look forward to receiving your application!

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04/05/2021

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Happy Easter from the faculty and staff of the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies.
04/04/2021

Happy Easter from the faculty and staff of the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies.

  > American University School of Professional & Extended Studies faculty member; organizational coach; and COO for Pres...
03/31/2021

> American University School of Professional & Extended Studies faculty member; organizational coach; and COO for President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, Henry De Sio, Jr. has written the "definitive leadership handbook for individuals and organizations in a world of dynamic, disruptive change" in his latest book, Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change.

Opined as a "powerful new leadership framework and organizational model for working in teams of teams" by noted business executive Jostein Solheim, purchase your copy today at https://amzn.to/3ubs6ed.

  Recommendation > the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies and Washington Semester Programs re...
03/29/2021

Recommendation > the American University School of Professional & Extended Studies and Washington Semester Programs recommend "Women on Wednesdays" - March 31, 2021 - featuring WSP alum, former Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL).

Sponsored by the AU School of Public Affairs and the Women & Politics Institute, be sure to attend this event for great insight on issues surrounding women and to***co use. RSVP at https://bit.ly/3ccGTPy.

Visit http://bit.ly/washsem for information about our revered Washington Semester Program, whose alum also include Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

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  reminder > Tomorrow > We highly recommend "Girls & Women in Stem," a live Twitter chat sponsored by NSF INCLUDES Natio...
03/25/2021

reminder > Tomorrow > We highly recommend "Girls & Women in Stem," a live Twitter chat sponsored by NSF INCLUDES National Network, an organization working to broaden participation and expand opportunities in STEM. The event will feature our MS in Measurement and Evaluation program faculty member Kavita Mittapalli, PhD as a panelist. Be sure to tune in!

•Friday, March 26, 2021 / 4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
•Event Location > Twitter >
•Event [Twitter] hashtag > [Pound Sign]INCLUDESchat

Visit https://bit.ly/2WVWom4 to learn about our online MS in Measurement and Evaluation program. American University

  > Give your career a positive jolt by gaining highly-regarded expertise from one of our non-credit course offerings:•L...
03/17/2021

> Give your career a positive jolt by gaining highly-regarded expertise from one of our non-credit course offerings:

•Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP) > Become an external executive coach, an internal , or a leader who wants to set him or herself apart by consistently bringing out the best in employees. http://bit.ly/2KDs8bt

•Cybersecurity Professional Program > Gain the education you need to make a career change into the industry from a program geared to take you from zero-experience to a job-ready professional in less than one year. https://bit.ly/2Z4O1Y4

•Human Resource Management (SHRM) > Become SHRM certified and prove your knowledge, competency and value to colleagues and to employers looking for a competitive edge in today's global economy. https://bit.ly/2TRvFpB

•GRE/LSAT Test Prep > 24 hours of high quality instruction to help and examination candidates master their exams' sections. https://bit.ly/2EhQ6rl

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