Navigating the employment rules and challenges faced by international students can be a considerably complicated affair for students, employers, and university staff. But now campus faculty and staff interested in becoming more familiar with federal immigration processes and laws have a new resource, thanks to an article co-authored by Lee Seedorff, senior associate director of the University of Iowa’s International Student and Scholar Services, and Amanda McFadden, director of the Pomerantz Career Center's Academic Programs and International Services.
Seedorff and McFadden’s collaborative effort titled “International Student Employment: Navigating Immigration Regulations, Career Services, and Employer Consideration” appears in the Summer 2017 special issue of New Directions for Student Services, which focuses on student affairs professionals cultivating campus climates inclusive of international students.
“I was very happy to be given the opportunity to participate in this special edition focusing on international students,” said Seedorff. “On the University of Iowa campus we already have a fairly high level of awareness on the part of many staff and faculty, but there is always room to increase our knowledge and skills and improve our services. I’m also happy to continue a long tradition of the University of Iowa being leaders in international student and scholar services by trying to follow in the footsteps of my former boss and mentor, Gary Althen. Gary is the “godfather” of international education and published a number of things over the course of his tenure here, and I now have even more respect for the time and effort he put into it. I hope the edition helps many as they continue to support international students."
“Co-authoring the chapter allowed us to weave together our expertise in career services and international student and scholar services to better inform readers of the complexities of international student employment,” said McFadden. “Faculty and staff will benefit from the current information and trends presented in a clear and concise manner, especially given the misconceptions and questions that frequently arise regarding this topic.”
Online access to the Summer 2017 special issue of New Directions for Student Services is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ss.2017.2017.issue-158/issuetoc and can be accessed by anyone with a hawkID.