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Dr. Amanda L. WalkerDirector's Headshot

Director of Career Services

Office: Morgan University Center  Phone: (931) 221-6544

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Director – Dr. Amanda L. Walker is currently serving as the Director of Career Services for Austin Peay State University (APSU). Dr. Walker is trained as a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma (Greenbelt), Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Strong Interest Inventory (SII). 

Dr. Walker has a broad-range of skillsets that allows her to make informed decisions. She has revitalized Career Services at APSU. She oversees staffing, overall operations, training, employer relations, and community engagement for the office. In addition, in the last five years she has used her experience and research to provide consulting for regional and national consulting firms.

Dr. Walker is serving her community in several capacities: Regional Planning Commissioner, Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Area Career Fair Consortium (NACF), serves as a higher educational consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). She is an alumnae member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Walker has also been nominated for the Nashville Chamber’s Nashville Emerging Leader Award for three consecutive years (recognizing emerging leaders under 40 impacting industry & community).

Dr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Higher Education from The University of Mississippi and a Doctor of Education from Delta State University in Professional Studies in Higher Education. Her dissertation focused on employer perspectives on the value of experiential education. She has published three chapters in three nationally recognized books on career services and the importance of internships.


Tonika L. East, Ed.S., CDF

Assistant Director of Career Services

Office: Morgan University Center  Phone: (931) 221-6544

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Assistant Director of Career Services — As a primary focus she oversees our Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors regarding career exploration and career assessments. In addition, Ms. Jordan will assist with resume, cover letter and Curriculum Vita (CV’s) reviews as well as mock interviews and personal statements. She will serve as the liaison for the College of Arts and Letters, School of Nursing, College of Education and College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.  Ms. Jordan completed her Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in 2014 in Higher Education Administration & Supervision and in 2009 her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Mild and Moderate Disabilities at Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Jordan also accomplished the challenge of finishing her dual-degrees in 2001 from Tennessee State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Theatre/Communications. 


Megan Simpson

Coordinator, Recruiting and Internships 

Office: Morgan University Center  Phone: (931) 221-6544

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Coordinator - As a key focus,  assists students with the job and internship search and oversees the on-campus recruiting program, including coordination of on-campus interviews and hosting information sessions. Provides a variety of services to students through career events, workshops and individual appointments as well as actively collaborates with faculty and administrators to market opportunities and events to students. The recruitment coordinator fosters relationships with potential employers, maintains the Jobs4Govs employer database, and manages the APSU Career Services webpage and social media pages.


Michael L. Peeler, M.S.

Career Advisor

Office: Morgan University Center  Phone: (931) 221-6544

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Career Advisor - As a major focus, Mr. Peeler provides career counseling to military affiliated students, assisting students and alumni with career exploration, internship and job preparation, and graduate and professional school planning.  In addition, he serves as a resource for students seeking employment with local, state, and federal government entities and collaborates with area employers to provide employment opportunities for students. He provides a wide range of informational workshops to enhance students’ job development and placement skills. Mr. Peeler is a retired U.S. Army officer with over 26 years of active military service. He has a Master of Science in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health from the University of Tennessee at Martin


Mark Reed

Administrative Assistant II

Office: Morgan University Center  Phone: (931) 221-6544

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This position supports the mission of Career Services working with students, staff, and faculty on campus as well as visitors and employers. Provides operations support in the administration of the department. Responsible for scheduling student appointments, processing payables/receivables, coordinating activities of the office, preparing reports, and maintaining inventory. Maintains the fiscal affairs of the department and monitors budget expenditures. 


   The Career Peer Educators

The team of Career Peer Educators (CPE) supports the APSU Career Services mission by expanding the Office of Career Services ability to reach students. CPEs serve as ambassadors of Career Services to students by conducting presentations on career-related topics promoting services and resources to the University community. CPEs will also have the opportunity to learn about career resources while assisting the Career Center with a wide range of projects. While working on these various tasks, CPEs will receive training about and exposure to many different career tools and resources and will be encouraged to utilize this knowledge in their own career development. CPE will also receive professional mentoring and provide reflections based on their experience as a CPE.