35-37 Leon Street
327 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115
ATTN: Mark Erickson, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Mark Erickson is the Assistant Dean of Advising and Employer Relations at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science. He directs advising within CCIS and focuses on co-op job development with partner employers. He holds a MEd from Northeastern University and a BS in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- MEd, Northeastern University
- BS in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
What are the specifics of your educational/career background?
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and my Master of Education from Northeastern University. The latter program focusing on college student development, career decision making, advising, and college administration. I’ve had a variety of progressively more responsible roles at NU, including advising students, teaching intro to college and career development classes, providing career counseling and working with employers in on-campus recruiting. With that background, I moved to a combined position in CCIS as a co-op coordinator and academic advisor and ultimately became director of both programs within CCIS as assistant dean for student services and cooperative education. Currently, I direct academic advising within the college and also focus on co-op job development and employer relations.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most interesting about what you do?
I manage a team of academic advisors in CCIS and work closely with college and Northeastern administration to provide quality student services. This starts with an orientation for first year students and continues through graduation. In addition, I am responsible for developing the overall co-op job development strategy for the college and connecting with employers to increase co-op opportunities for our students and employers, particularly out-of-state positions.
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?
Technology has fascinated me for years. Working with top computer scientists in their respective fields and the students they teach provides a dynamic and cutting edge work environment. Unlike many institutions of higher education, the college moves fast and responds quickly to change.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in California, near Silicon Valley in a small city with a huge government research lab. In so many ways, it was an ideal setting in which to grow up.
What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college? Any reason in particular why you opted for those particular schools/careers?
After I completed my undergraduate degree, I thought I might want to work in higher education, but didn’t know how to go about it. The master’s degree program provided the education and the experience in the form of a practicum to get started in the field. I became fascinated with the process of student development and the providing of academic advising and services to help students be successful in college, to grow and develop, to mature and take responsibility for their decisions, and to become independent learners and successful adults.
Prior to Northeastern, I was unaware of experiential education as a learning model. Once I was exposed to the benefits, it was clear that there was a huge gap in my and many other student college backgrounds. Northeastern fills that gap by combining real-world learning with classroom study, and I became committed to the university and its learning model. This learning model and the ability to provide students with the best combination possible – co-op and classroom learning experiences – are the reasons for my commitment to Northeastern.