2023 Career Champions

Congratulations & thank you for the time and dedication invested in the success of our students!

This Award...

annually recognizes one staff member and one faculty member who have gone above and beyond in encouraging the career exploration, readiness, and success of UVM students. Career Champions receive a cash prize of $500.

These individuals are not Career Coaches, but dedicate a portion of their time to supporting the career development of students (graduate or undergraduate) by consistently empowering them to seek meaningful opportunities for work, service, and/or advanced studies with confidence, courage, and curiosity.

Career Champions…

  • help students plan for their future by encouraging self-discovery, clarifying values and/or gaining meaningful experience.
  • help students articulate their skills, transferable skills, and professional identity.
  • connect students with people, opportunities, and/or resources within their field/industry.
  • compassionately provide support for students’ needs using a diversity, equity, and social justice lens.

See what students are said about this year's nominees:

Deadline to Nominate: April 7, 2023

Nominations closed for 2023. Thank you to all the nominators!


We appreciate all the work that goes into career development across campus, AND in order to be eligibile, nomiees must...

  • be faculty or staff at the University of Vermont 
  • support career development beyond of their job description
    (i.e. nominees should not have career support as part of their position description)
  • not be a previous Career Champion award recipient

Past Winners

2022 Career Champions Winners

  • Meghan "MJ" Jaird - Director of Student Services and Retention, CESS (staff)

  • Amy M. Tomas - Director of Undergraduate Programs, Senior Lecturer, GSB (faculty)

2021 Career Champions Winners

  • Denis Garcia Reyes  Assistant Residence Director at the University of Vermont (staff)
  • Sarah Heiss – Associate Professor for Public Communication and Food Systems, CDAE (faculty)

2020 Career Champions Winners

  • Sarah Childs – Assistant Director of the Mosaic Center for Students of Color (staff)
  • Alice Fothergill – Professor of Sociology (faculty)


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