The Career & Professional Development Center


Welcome to the Career & Professional Development Center at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore  where staff is committed to further enhancing student’s self-confidence and career readiness skills, while assisting students with building clarity, confidence, professional development and career exploration skills. This will empower students who navigate through the professional development process while, acquiring the opportunities and experiences that will enable them to compete in a global workforce. This office is the catalyst to students being successful in the workforce. Exploring career paths as freshmen, cultivating transferable skills, internship involvement and further enhancement of career focused activities is critical.

The Center is well positioned to prepare students for an ever changing global workforce. Students have access to numerous career related services offered by the University Career & Professional Development Center that involve positive career related programming, career exploration, graduate/professional school information, immersive experiential learning, internships that assist with building major specific skills, employer engagement and also exposure to state of the art career related technology.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Career & Professional Development Center understands the many challenges due to COVID-19, as adjustments are being made by students, while being away from the University. The office is here to provide career services support to students, by offering them virtually. Students are encouraged to develop a Handshake Profile through the Handshake Platform. When you go to the Career & Professional Development Center website page, you will see Handshake for students. There you will find instructions for developing your Handshake profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Career & Professional Development Center open?

Yes, the Center is open, however we are adhering to guidelines from the University governance and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, currently, staff is unable to meet with you in person. Staff is available through email, by phone, Google chat and Handshake Platform.

How can I contact the Career & Professional Development Center?

For detailed questions related to your career interests, job/internship search, networking, interviewing, or other skills, there are two options for contacting the Career & Professional Development Center. Students can contact Career & Professional Development staff by calling (410) 651-6447 or by email staff accordingly:

Dr. Theresa Queenan,

Mrs. Bettye Hoskins-Knox,

Ms. Suzanne Burton,

When should I visit the Career & Professional Development Center

Students should start exploring careers as early as your first year, so that you can apply for internships and research opportunities well before you start your eventual job search. However, we can work with you at any time during your college years.

How to Schedule an Appointment utilizing Handshake?

To obtain in-depth assistance, including discussion of self-assessment, career exploration and job search strategies, as well as interview practice and assist with your resume, cover letters, you can schedule an appointment from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.  Students can schedule an appointment with career staff directly by calling ( 410) 651-6447 or by utilizing Handshake.  You can log on to Handshake. Please utilize the following instructions

  1. Log into your Handshake account.
  2. Click on the Career Center drop-down menu.
  3. Choose Schedule New Appointment either with Dr. Theresa Queenan, Director or Mrs. Bettye Hoskins-Knox, Career Specialist.
  4. Select your classification year from the list provided.
  5. Choose an appointment type that relates to what you are requesting assistance for.
  6. Use the calendar feature to select a day that states “Appointments Available”.
  7. Complete and fill out the “What can we help you with?”

Please Note: If you need to cancel your appointment, log into Handshake, go to appointment and click “Cancel Appointment” at least 2 hours prior to your confirmed appointment.  You will be considered a “no-show “when 15mintues have pasted the original start time of the scheduled appointment and you have not arrived.

Career and Professional Development Center HAWK Chat

Talk with Career Professionals in real time to get answers to your questions.

Online HAWK Chat Hours

Live Chat will be available from 8am – 5pm, Monday Wednesday, Thursday. Click the button below.

E-mail address for Career & Professional Development Center Staff are as follows: and

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