Dr. T. Tylor Behrens

Dr. T. Tylor Behrens has nearly 25 years of higher education and private industry experience, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from UCLA.

After serving as a career counselor graduate assistant with the University of Arizona’s Career Center, at age 28, Dr. Behrens was appointed the Director of Career Services for Roosevelt University in Chicago (the youngest director in their history).  In 2006, he joined SMU in Dallas, where he is Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Residence Life & Student Housing and Executive Director of the Hegi Career Center.

His AVP portfolio includes (and is not limited to) Management of 90+ employees, 105 student workers, 18 buildings that house 3,200 students, 33 apartments, 13 fraternity houses, $39M in operating funds, and 33 endowments worth $3.5M.  He is Director of Divisional Programs & Initiatives, Director of the Community Engagement and Leadership Department, Director of Web Development & Branding initiatives, Director of Strategic Planning & Assessment projects, Director of Division-wide Strategic Committees, Director of  Staff Professional Development programs, Liaison for Academic Partnerships with the Simmons School of Education, serving on the Emergency On-call Rotation and serving as Vice President In-absentia. 

While at SMU, The Princeton Review ranked his career center #19 (2011-12), #12 (2014-2015), #13 (2015-16) #8 (2013-14) and #7 (2012-13) of 390 university career centers nationwide. The Princeton Review also ranked his career center #6 in the nation for Internship Programming (2015-16). In addition, in 2014, he was awarded the President’s Outstanding Leadership Award, presented to only one of 1,000 faculty and staff each year.

Some additional accomplishments include: being awarded Harper College's Distinguished Alumni in 2014; winning the University Business Magazine Model of Efficiency Award; is an Honorary Member of GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects); and is a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

His entrepreneurial pursuits include Vice President of Workforce Curriculum Development for ASCL, Inc. (2001-2011) and Founding Partner of the SkillBott software program for Prime Time Computer Services, Inc. in Chicago (2011 - Present).  Dr. Behrens’ work in online and software- based career guidance programs earned him a Technological Innovation of the Year Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in 1999.

As a consultant, Dr. Behrens has worked for three years with Chicago Public Schools (2003-2006), four years with the University of Alaska/National Science Foundation’s Alaskan Native Science and Engineering initiative (2008-2012), and shorter assignments with City Colleges of Chicago and Minority Nurse Magazine.  He has served as president of the Illinois Association of Cooperative Education & Internships, and has served on multiple NACE and college-based career center boards. 

His academic experience includes roles as teaching assistant, instructor of record, and classroom instructor in Adult Continuing Education, College Undergraduate and Graduate Level psychology, education and career development courses.  In addition to writing and developing numerous course proposals, Dr. Behrens has contributed to the development of an M.Ed. program in Higher Education Leadership.

Finally, he has presented at 15 global and national conferences, authored 120 career management articles, is a freelance writer for Yahoo!, and has self-published ten books about career development and workplace leadership.


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