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Sean P. Lybeck - Smoak

Director of Experiential Learning and Career Education

Adjunct Faculty - College of Arts and Sciences


Experiential Learning & Career Education

College of Arts & Sciences


(414) 410-4730


BH Bonaventure Hall 011


Box 82A


Sean Lybeck-Smoak is the Director of Experiential Learning and Career Education at Cardinal Stritch University.  In over seventeen years of higher education experience, he has managed numerous grant initiatives, specialized in the creation of high-impact co-curricular experiential-learning programs, centralized student employment operations, and organized community-engaged leaning opportunities designed to engage students in intentional personal/professional development and reflection. Sean contributed to the creation of the Career Ready Internship Program in 2013 and has worked since that time to secure additional grant funds to increase access to internships for students with need, centralize and improve internship operations across the University, embed career development into the curriculum, and to better resource students, faculty, and placement sites.  Sean is an active member of the Wisconsin Private College Career Consortium and a proponent that education should benefit the communities in which we live and serve. He earned his undergraduate degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and a graduate degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  


  • B.A., Centenary College of Louisiana
  • M.A., Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary

Publications & Presentations

Recent Presentations Include 
•    “Online Interviewing Strategies and Using the InterviewStream Platform”  
•    “Resume, Cover Letters, and Job Search Strategies Workshop for Public Allies-Milwaukee.” 
•    “Informational Interviewing - A  Sociology and Criminal Justice Intern Workshop" 
•     “Experiential Learning and Professional Development at Stritch - A Presentation for First-Year Stritch Students.” 
•    “Professionalism and Internship Success Strategies.” Orientation workshop for Career Ready Internship Program (2015).
•     “Search For Meaning.” First Year Experience Instructor at Cardinal Stritch University (2013).

Why Stritch?

"Why Stritch? For me, it is simple! I get to be part of something special as I actively live out my mission in life ... “to impact the lives of those that are going to impact the world!” From the moment the University was founded, it focused on transforming lives and communities through value-centered education. It was the reason I first stepped foot on campus 17 years ago, and why I have been trusted and challenged to contribute to the mission of the University ever since. I have had the privilege of walking with students as they take risks, ask questions, and take their first steps into the “real-world”. I have challenged students to get outside their comfort zone with their internships and have marveled as they discovered new possibilities for their future. "

- Sean P. Lybeck - Smoak