U.Va. Educators' Expo Set for Feb. 12-13

February 2, 2009 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will host an Educators' Expo Feb. 12-13 on the third floor of Newcomb Hall. The free event is open to all candidates — U.Va. students and others — interested in K-12 teaching, counseling, speech language pathology or administration positions.

The Educators' Expo "should be a bright spot amidst the gathering clouds of our uncertain economy, and we are very fortunate so many organizations will be represented who are interested in recruiting our excellent students," said Hilary Kerner, director of Education Career Services at U.Va.'s Curry School of Education, which sponsors the annual event.

Among the 75-plus organizations participating in the expo are public, private and independent schools, charter schools, educator placement agencies and alternative classroom educators. They come from numerous states, including Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia.

In addition to U.Va. students, Kerner invited soon-to-be-graduates from a number of colleges and universities in the state, including Piedmont Virginia Community College, James Madison University, Lynchburg College, Liberty University, the University of Richmond, Hampden-Sydney College, Sweet Briar College, Bridgewater College and Longwood University.

The job fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12, during which time candidates will meet with representatives and can request to be interviewed.

The Feb. 13 session is designated for pre-arranged interviews only — those that are arranged before the event or arranged the previous day. These interviews will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No preregistration is required to attend. Sign in upon arrival, bring lots of rèsumès and dress professionally, Kerner advised. For candidates who are not licensed, she said information about alternative licensure will be available.

A spreadsheet of participating organizations along with their 2009-10 anticipated hiring needs is at http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu; select "Career Services" and see "Educators' Expo."

Many career services job fairs are experiencing declines in the number of vendors participating this year, Kerner said. They are not attending due to budget cuts and loss of tax revenue. "Others have said they have a vast pool of experienced candidates vying for a few openings. And at least one school system in Virginia recently cancelled its job fair in March."

Vendors show up for this expo because they consider its candidates "the best crop of students in the state and some of the best in the country," Kerner said.

— By Rebecca Arrington