Executive In Residence

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFA) College of Business (COB) Executive-in-Residence (ERI) program is established to ensure student learning experiences are enhanced and the business curriculum remains relevant. The ERI program allows experienced business executives to share their knowledge with UAFS students and faculty.

Program benefits include:

  • Student benefits:
    • Executive mentoring and career counseling
    • Learning experiences related to real-world situations
    • Improved internship opportunities
    • Improved after-graduation employment opportunities
    • Enhanced interview skills
  • College of Business benefits:
    • Increased visibility of UAFS and its programs
    • Enhancement of existing and creation of new corporate relationships
    • Improved placement of graduates in Fort Smith and the surrounding region
    • Increased likelihood that UAFS research will be relevant to regional needs
    • Insight to new business ideas and perspectives
    • Assistance in achieving the mission of the COB

Possible Responsibilities

Potential tasks for the Executive-in-Residence include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Expand and implement the COB student mentorship program
  • Share knowledge and experiences with students and faculty
  • Guest lecture in appropriate business classes through coordination with faculty members
  • Engage student organizations
  • Arrange office hours for counseling students
  • Collaborate with faculty to enhance courses and research topics
  • Serve as a UAFS ambassador in the local business community
  • Consult/advise the COB executive team
  • Assist in the development of functional internship opportunities as determined by the College of Business faculty internship coordinator
  • Help enhance student employment opportunities

Executive-in-Residence Process:

  • Duties/tasks for executives in residence will be mutually determined by consultation between the executive and the Dean
  • Executives in residence will serve one-year terms coinciding with the academic year; terms are subject to renewal based upon annual evaluation by and approval from the COB Dean

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