Dr. Robert Orndorff

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During the past 25 years, Dr. Robert Orndorff has worked as a Career Development Manager and Career Coach in Higher Education.  Bob is currently the Senior Director for Penn State Career Services and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Counselor Education, teaching graduate-level courses in career counseling and management. Dr. Orndorff also serves as a trainer for the Center for Workplace Learning & Performance, leading professional development seminars for Penn State faculty and staff.  While at Georgetown University, Bob’s program, The Strategic Job Search, won a national award for “the best educational program related to career services in the nation” and was highlighted on Good Morning America.

In addition to working in higher education, Dr. Orndorff is a career and interpersonal consultant in the education, business, and government sectors.  Bob conducted day-long trainings for Army personnel in the Pentagon and was contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to create and produce career development seminars for returning military personnel and their families.  Bob has written and published numerous books and articles in Career Development, Character Education, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  Bob was the lead author of a Business book, The PITA Principle: How to work with and avoid becoming a Pain In The Ass.  Bob is also a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at regional and national conferences.  In the State College community, Bob is active as a little league basketball, football, and baseball coach and a thought-piece columnist on “Fathering” for the Centre Daily Times.

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