• BA-Psychology University of Toledo

Marissa Reid

Student Program Coordinator

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

“I chose to work in the Center for Academic Innovation because I saw a tremendous opportunity to continue growing in a field I was passionate about while being immersed in new junctures. I was able to join a team that would allow me to take on a new role and transform it into something singular. My career has always been about progression, but not my own. I measure success by the progression of my students and this role allows me to help with the transition from students to young professionals working here. I can directly provide resources to build a students confidence and portfolio as they leave our office.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Within Marrisa’s role, she is responsible for fostering community and engagement for all fellows entering the office and creating a new standard for how we structure the fellowship program. She considers her role to be a conduit between the teams and the overall office, and how everyone impacts the student experience. She acts as a guide and leads fellows during their initial time in Academic Innovation. As the liaison between U-M schools and colleges, faculty members, and Academic Innovation, she strives to find the right students that can grow the most from the experience. Marissa also develops various opportunities that will connect Academic Innovation student alumni and current student fellows, professional development, co-working sessions, and socials.

Previously Marissa was a Success Coach at the University of Toledo for five years . While there she was responsible for assisting and retaining over 800 students (domestic, international, and transfer) as they matriculated toward graduation and moved into a career. While doing this she found a passion in creating, implementing, and facilitating experiential learning events for students in an effort to build community engagement within the university. She initiated contact with local businesses in order to raise funds and donations for events and workshops. An additional part of her role was career exploration, where she created career exploration surveys to gather data about undeclared students and direct them toward a program while monitoring student academic progress to ensure college program eligibility.

While at the University of Toledo, Marissa was also a First Year Experience/Orientation Instructor where she designed, delivered, and maintained lesson plans based on student needs and adjust accordingly throughout their first year. She connected students to campus resources collaborate with Athletic/Academic Advisers and utilized online learning tools such as Blackboard to ensure successful completion of the course.

Professional organizations:
NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA has a focus on development, advocacy, and research.

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