Student Professional Development Center

Ross Wade

Director of Career Development

Ross Wade serves as the Director of Career Development at the Student Professional Development Center. In that role he supervises, develops, and supports the career advising team providing strategic guidance and leadership; builds relationships with faculty and staff across campus communicating the mission and goals of the SPDC; develops and implements career development programs and events to assist students to successfully navigate opportunities and secure internships, first jobs or graduate school placement; and advises students one-on-one and in groups on career topics. Prior to Elon, he worked in documentary, digital media, and strategic communications in Raleigh/Durham, New York City, and Chicago.

  • Education

    • MS, Counselor Education – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • BS, Communications – East Carolina University
  • Training

    • MBTI Certified
    • StrengthsQuest Certified
    • Strong Interest Inventory Certified
    • LGBTQIA Safe Zone Training Program, UNCG
    • Intercultural Skills Development Program, Duke University
    • Career Coaching Intensive Training, National Association of Colleges and Employers
    • Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute, American College Personnel Association
    • Anti-Defamation League Diversity Training – Elon University
  • Professional Activity

    • NC Career Development Association (NCCDA) – served as board member, secretary, president-elect, president, and past president; received New Professional Award in 2011
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) – received Innovation Excellence Technology Award in 2011; serve as writer/blogger for NACE Blog
    • NC Association of Colleges and Employers
  • Professional Interests/Background

    • Ross’ interests include career development for international student populations, arts entrepreneurship, intercultural communication, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Personal Interests

    • When not at Elon Ross can be found walking the streets of Durham, NC, photographing and documenting the changing landscape and “people-scape” of his hometown. If he’s not on the streets of the Bull City, he’s probably spending time with friends and family….or at home binging on Netflix.

I can help you with:

  • Connecting you with the Student Professional Development Center
  • Collaborating with your department or office to create a career development program, initiative, or event
  • Job and internship search for students and alumni