Sarah Eltzroth, the assistant director of training and development for University College Academic and Career Development (ACD), has been named the Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for the state of Indiana.
Eltzroth works with the peer advisors, supporting them while they assist other students in their academic and career pursuits. To enhance her ongoing support of them, Eltzroth has focused on fostering and maintaining collaborative relationships between the peer advisors and the professional advising staff of ACD, as well as aiding the students in their personal and professional development. In the past year, she created a career ladder for the mentors that allowed the student employees to achieve greater responsibility at ACD while they build experience, moving from peer advisor to lead peer advisor to student coordinator. Student coordinators are able to earn internship credit for their work in return for responsibility over administrative operations and communications. By implementing this system, Eltzroth incentivized the personal and academic growth of the peer advisors while taking steps that improve the functionality of the unit as a whole.
Eltzroth’s commitment to the personal mentorship of her students has allowed her to form close bonds with them that extend beyond the boundaries of ACD, moving from the mentoring sphere into the research sphere. In November 2018, Eltzroth collaborated with three of her student employees, Jordan Lahr, Daniel Walker, and Myrna Amin, to present “Using Appreciative Inquiry in Peer-to-Peer Interactions” at the IUPUI National Mentoring Symposium. Her ability to work with her students on this type of project demonstrates Eltzroth’s commitment to all areas of her employees’ growth and education.