Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of the “Student Affairs Talk” podcast for 2019-20. Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from the staff and student communities. The first guest in our summer series is a long-time University employee, Troy Nunamaker of the Center for Career and Professional Development.


Troy Nunamaker during a Career Center workshop

Troy Nunamaker is one of the nation’s most respected professionals in the career services field.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

A two-time Student Affairs Employee of the Year, Troy Nunamaker has been a mainstay in the Center for Career and Professional Development. He is responsible for overseeing the University Professional Internship and Co-Op (UPIC) program, which grew from a pilot group of 20 students in Spring 2012 to more than 900 the past several years.

Nunamaker attended a small liberal arts school in his home state of Ohio before pursuing a master’s degree in student affairs at Clemson. Now the proud owner of three Clemson degrees (M.Ed., MHRD and Ph.D.), he imparts a great deal of wisdom on students and colleagues through various publications in the career services and higher education industries.

In the podcast, Nunamaker reflects on more than 20 years at Clemson, how the UPIC program has evolved over the years and why the identification and articulation of core competencies are critical to a student’s educational journey.

Click the green ‘Play’ button below to listen. Read the entire interview transcript.

2019-20 Podcasts
Paige Zoltewicz, University Housing & Dining
Miles Maynard, Graduate Student
Sarah Custer, Emergency Management
Cam Walters, Sophomore
Pam Davis, Campus Activities & Events
Ty Robinson, Junior
Jack Debbout, Senior
Almeda Jacks, Vice President for Student Affairs
Olivia Loynes, Junior
Kristin Walker-Donnelly, Student Affairs Business Operations
Melondy Munson, Senior
Jimmy Mullinax, Campus Recreation
Glenn Spurlin, Student Transitions and Family Programs
Madison Bolick, Senior
Taylor Williams, Graduate Assistant
Rusty Guill, Special Assistant to the Vice President