Seminar Series

Every month during the academic year, CCWT will host a visiting scholar active in the areas of career advising, labor market issues, and work-based learning in order to cultivate dialogue on these issues for students, staff and the broader community.  In scheduling speakers for the Seminar Series, the Center aims to bring renowned scholars and respected practitioners to share their insights on research findings and policy developments that impact student employability and their career development. 

Spring 2018

Dr. Vanessa Sansone, Assistant Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio (February 23rd, 9:30am, WCER Room 259).

Dr. Andrew Weaver

Dr. David Livingstone


Past Seminars

Dr. David Bills (November 10th, in collaboration with the UW-Madison ITP program)

More information available on the ITP website.

Classrooms, coffee shops, and counterfactuals: Schooling, skills growth, and the rationalization of hiring, featuring Dr. David Bills (November 10, 2017, in collaboration with the UW-Madison ITP program).

David Bills is Professor of Sociology of Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs in the University of Iowa, College of Education. Dr. Bills is an internationally recognized scholar on education and work, labor markets, technological and organizational change, educational demography, and social inequality, and the author of The Sociology of Education and Work (Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2004). In this CCWT Speaker Series event, Dr. Bills presents his research on the processes and consequences of the digital rationalization of the hiring process.

See a video of the event on the Center’s YouTube channel.

The future of higher education credentials: A critical look at degrees, badges and certificates in the 21st century, featuring Dr. Sean Gallagher (October 24, 2017)

At a time of heightened attention to how universities and colleges are preparing young people for the working world, questions about the meaning and value of university credentials – especially bachelor’s degrees - have become especially prominent. With the rise of alternative credentials such as badges and certificates, Dr. Sean Gallagher provides an overview of this fast-changing terrain, providing much-needed context, details, and insights.

See a video of the event on the Center’s YouTube channel.

#LowerEd: A symposium on critical views of the skills gap, featuring Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom (September 29th).

The “skills gap” idea - that millions of well-paying jobs go unfilled due to a higher education system that is inadequately aligned to workforce needs - is deeply influencing education and workforce development policies at the state and national levels. The purpose of this symposium is to spark dialogue about issues related to the skills gap narrative (i.e., internships, labor market data, and for-profit colleges), and why critical analyses of these issues are essential so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career plans.

See a video of the event on the Center’s YouTube channel.

Event flyer (PDF)

Report from #LowerEd skills gap symposium (PDF)

CCWT Inaugural Event: A focus on work ethic and self-regulated learning

The Center’s inaugural event was held on Monday May 22, 2017, at the UW–Madison School of Education, Wisconsin Idea Room (Rm 159). Jim Morgan of the Management Association and Dr. Linda Nilson of Clemson University spoke on the topic “Why work ethic and self-regulated learning are essential skills for student success in work and life. See a video of the event on the Center’s YouTube channel.