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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Heather Maietta

Associate Vice President of Career and Corporate Engagement
Director of O’Brien Center for Student Success
Doctorate of Higher Education Administration, Central Michigan University;
MS, James Madison University;
BS, Michigan State University


Dr. Heather Maietta is Associate Vice President of Career and Corporate Engagement and Director of O’Brien Center for Student Success at Merrimack College. In just two years, under her direction, the O’Brien Center for Student Success increased walk-in student traffic by 300% in the first and 51% in the second year. She also rebuilt a quality recruitment program resulting in a 98% graduate school/ job acceptance rate for graduating seniors with average salary of $43K for the Class of 2013. Most recently, Generation Merr1mack, an initiative for first generation college students was named a finalist for the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Prior to joining Merrimack, Dr. Maietta was the Director of Career Services/Assistant Director of the Professional Development Seminars Program and adjunct faculty at Nichols College. While at Nichols, she lead a groundbreaking, nationally recognized four year, credit bearing, career and professional development course series for undergraduates.

In 2011, Dr. Maietta was named the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)/Spelman & Johnson’s Rising Star. Dr. Maietta currently serves on the NACE First Destination Task Force charged with creating, setting and advocating for national standards for post-graduate student placement data collection and reporting.

Dr. Maietta’s research interests include the impact of career development on college student retention; first generation college students; and the value of career planning courses as a return on investment for higher education. Her work is featured in publications, including: About Campus; Career Convergence; ESource; and the Journal for Workforce and Development.  Dr. Maietta has also co-authored career-related textbooks for Kendall/Hunt Publishers. Most recently, she co-authored and edited The Senior Year: Culminating Experiences and Transitions, published by The National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and Students in Transition as well as a chapter on Majors and Careers for Your College Experience, and a chapter on student success programs for undergraduates for Recruiting and Supporting Diversity: A Practical Guide. She is currently working on a research project examining the transitional issues of first- generation college seniors, and a publication with Bedford/St. Martin on career planning in college.

Dr. Maietta has presented nationally on topics related to change in higher education, college student success, and career and professional preparation at conferences such as Teaching Academic Success and Survival; The Conference for Student Success; National Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference; Learning, Leadership and Change in Action; National Conference on Student in Transition; Higher Education: Diversity, Transformation, and Community; and the Lilly North Teaching Conference. 

Dr. Maietta received her Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University; Masters of Science from James Madison University; and Doctorate of Higher Education Administration from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Career Development Facilitator Instructor through the National Career Development Association.

 

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