ERIC Number: ED240915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-29
Reference Count: 0
Consultants and Cooperative Education: The Northeastern English Department Business Connections.
Goodman, Michael B.
The advantages of cooperative education for English departments and the role of the faculty member as a consultant for the program are discussed, based on the experience of Northeastern University. Attention is directed to starting this type of program in the English department, the consultant's role as a catalyst, placing English majors, and motivating students. For the faculty advisor and consultant, participation offers the opportunity to gain professional business experience and contacts. It is suggested that the consultant is an active faculty member in teaching, publication, and scholarship. Cooperative education is the student's first experience in searching for a career. At the end of the experience, the cooperative education program serves as a transition to the workplace, and permanent employment with the employer may occur. It is noted that the writing talent of English majors is valued by groups within large organizations, such as corporate relations, marketing, advertising, information services, personnel, and human resources. In addition, business executives recognize that a background in liberal arts provides essential knowledge, cultivates intellectual skills, and develops personality and character. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Consultants, Cooperative Education, Education Work Relationship, Employers, Employment Experience, Employment Opportunities, English Departments, Faculty Advisers, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Teacher Role, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Northeastern University MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (New York, December 29, 1983).