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Chris Timm

Director of the Business Career Center
Business Career Center
HLH 141
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
(402) 472-7272
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Ph.D.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A. Chadron State College
Areas of Expertise
  • Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, career counseling, higher education technology usage and implementation, assessment, internships/experiential education, project management, presentations, international students.
Research Interests
  • Career paths
  • Career resilience
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  • Strategic
  • Responsibility
  • Achiever
  • Arranger
  • Connectedness

Chris Timm is the Director of the Business Career Center. In this role, Chris consults with employers to help them effectively recruit Nebraska Business students. Chris regularly meets with students to brainstorm their career strategy. As a lifelong Nebraskan, she especially enjoys the opportunity to learn what makes each community unique.

Before joining the College of Business in 2017, Chris's served the University in several roles including experience with a career guidance software and a variety of positions within the career services field. Her skill areas include employer outreach, staff/student development, career coaching, internship advising, assessment, and technology. In addition, she has served on national committees related to mentorship, technology, and ethical principles. 

Chris earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and her Bachelor’s in speech communications from Chadron State College.

Office Hours

I am taking appointments in-person and virtually. Visit Student Success Hub to schedule an appointment with me or stop by 141 HLH to check in for a drop-in session.

Selected Publications/Articles
  • C. Timm, New Methods of Staff Development In (and Out of) Career Services, 2008, NACE Journal.  
  • C. Timm, Technological Decision-Making in Career Services, 2006, NACE Journal
Books and Book Chapters
  • C. Timm, 2004, "Leveraging Technology" in Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field.”
Selected Presentations
  • "Streamlining Large-Scale Practice Interview Event,"Handshake User Conference. 2019.
  • "Designing Staff Development to Build Strong Teams," NACE Advanced Management Leadership Pre-Conference workshop. June 2012.
  • "We are all in this together: Helping Undeclared Students Find their Way," NACADA Region 6 Conference.
  • "Power of Possibilities: Collaborating on a Major Sort Tool," NACADA Region 6 Conference. 
  • "Back to the Classroom: An Inside Look at the Doctoral Experience," NACE National Meeting. 
  • "Those "other" jobs: student employment, work-study, and volunteer opportunities," NACElink Symposium 2009.
  • "New Methods of Staff Development In (and Out of) Career Services," NACE Virtual Seminar.
  • "Focusing the Message," NACElink Symposium. 2008
  • "Teaching an On-line Internship Course for Credit,"NACE National Meeting. 2007
Consulting Work
  • Documentation Writer. National Association of Colleges and Employers. 2003.
  • Panel facilitator. Kiewit Recruiter Training. 2000.
  • Technical issues in software. Career Services. Creighton University. 2000.
  • Curriculum Review. “Career Exploration”. Independent Study High School On-Line Courses. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 1999.
Grants and Research Awards
  • “A Civic Engagement Certificate: Promoting Life-Long Habits of Civic Engagement and Student Psychosocial Well-being at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.” Association of American Colleges and Universities. Bringing Theory to Practice. $100,000.
  • “Power of Possibilities.” UNL Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence.  $14,500. 
  • “Parental involvement in increasing internships.” UNL Parents Association.  $2,000. 
  • Exploring Non-traditional Career Choices.” Nebraska Department of Education.  Three year grant totaling $48,000.  1993-1996.
  • “Vocational Education for Single Parents, Single Pregnant Women, and Displaced Homemakers.” Nebraska Department of Education.  Three year grant totaling $66,000.  1991-1994.
Undergraduate Courses

Career Development and Planning (BSAD 222) - Develop your career goals and craft your résumé.

Internship and Job Search Strategies (BSAD 333) - Learn how to effectively search for, apply to, interview for, and secure internships and full time jobs. 

Teaching Interests
  • Career Development Theory
  • Management and Change
  • Global Careers
Significant External Service
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 1994 - Present. 
    • o Leadership Advancement Program 2018-2019.
      o Member Diversity and Outreach. Co-Chair 2014-2015. Member 2013-2014.
      o Professional Competencies Task Force. 2011-2012.
      o Annual Conference Committee. 2010-2011.
      o Principles of Professional Practice. Committee Chair 2008-2010, Member 2007-2008.
      o NACElink Team Member and Team Leader. 2002-2007.
  • Nebraska Colleges Career Services Association (NCCSA). 1994-Present. 
    • President 2007-2009; Webmaster 2001-2010; Secretary 1999-2001.
Institutional Service
  • Higher Learning Commission Team. 2014-2016.
  • MyPLAN Sub-Admin Team. 2013-2017.
  • Speaker’s Bureau. 2007-2010.
  • Outstanding Student Leader Award Chair. 2008 and 2009.
  • Delta Sigma Pi, Faculty Initiate. 2019.
  • David S. Bechtel Award for Outstanding Career Services Professional, 2018
  • College of Business Dean's Coin.  2017.
  • UNL Parents Association Recognition for Outstanding Service to Students, 2015.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spirit of Service, Kim A Hobson Award, 2010.
  • NACADA Advising Technology Innovation Award for “Power of Possibilities." 2008
  • Fulbright - U.S. Germany International Education Administrators Program. 2010
  • Sue Tidball Award for Creative Humanity Nominee. 1996 and 2003.
  • University of Nebraska Board of Regents Kudo Award. 1998.