Conference Sessions

30th Annual TASS Conference

April 7-10, 2019
Riverside Hotel
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions will be added to this listing after each round of review and upon acceptance by the proposal review committee for presentation. Check back periodically for updated concurrent sessions

Sessions for 2019: Sessions are in alphabetical order by last name of each presenter. Where there is more than one presenter, the session is listed by the presenter's name appearing first on the proposal.

Presenter(s): Doris Buckley, Northern Essex Community College
Deirdre Budzyna, Northern Essex Community College

Addressing Student Anxiety on Community College Campuses

Summary: This interactive workshop will examine the issue of stress and anxiety on the community college student. In addition to gaining information, practical suggestions and strategies will be discussed.

Presenter(s): Carole Comarcho, Broward College
Jennifer Solley, Broward College

“All these Wonders”: A Successful Themed Learning Community.

Summary: Come and hear from the voices of the students in a video presentation and from the professors face-to-face about their experiences in "All these Wonders", A Themed Learning Community with diverse students.

Presenter(s): Sharon Green, Liberty University
Lori Roach, Liberty University

Connecting the Dots: Turning Theory into Application

Summary: In the past year, our Liberty University Academic Success Center redesigned our courses to offer a “funnel” design to better serve our students who are having academic difficulty. Our targeted audience for this change were those students who continued to struggle and were placed on Academic Warning and subsequently on Academic Probation. We also saw a gap in the students’ ability to apply the study skills they were being taught in ASCS 101. Thus, in an attempt to better prepare them for academic success, we saw a need for a new course called ASCS 103 to help them transfer those skills and apply them in their coursework. The goals of our presentation are (1) to present an overview of our current method of helping students who are experiencing academic difficulties (2) explain how we identified our need for a new course called ASCS 103 and (3) outline the process used to develop a course which bridged the gap from study skills theory in our ASCS 101 course to study skills application in our new ASCS 103 course. During our session, we will show data assessing the need for this course, as well as the proven effectiveness of the course based on improved completion rates and student surveys. At the end of our session, we will invite our audience to share ideas about similar courses they may have, as well as entertain questions about the new course and our Academic Success Center as a whole.

Presenter(s): Ramona Hall, Cameron University

Building Teacher Preparation Programs that Attract and Facilitate the Transition of Sustainable Second-Career Teachers

Summary: This presentation will discuss how, according to the literature, teacher preparation programs can acknowledge the unique characteristics of individuals who are pursuing a graduate education degree and teacher certification, thereby making their orientation and transition from the former to the new-found career virtually seamless. The goals of this presentation include identifying ways teacher preparation programs can use this information to facilitate the successful recruitment, orientation, retention, and transition of this growing student population.

Presenter(s): Lori Howe, University of Wyoming

Scaffolding Interdisciplinary Inquiry into the First-Year Seminar

Summary: I explain my process of developing and piloting a condensed, interdisciplinary summer bridge FYS and present some results of this team-based, problem-based learning platform.

Presenter(s): Kimberly Kilpatrick, University of Texas at El Paso

Listening to Self and Listening to Others: Enhancing Effective Communication Skills

Summary: Effective listening skills are fundamental in human communication. Helping our students by encouraging them to practice active listening techniques will benefit them in every facet of their lives.

Presenter(s): Z. Z. Lehmberg, Northern Michigan University

Benefits of Mandatory Writing Tutorials

Summary: This presentation will discuss some of the benefits of mandatory writing tutorials for students who struggle with writing.

Presenter(s): Amoy Reid, Broward College
Jennifer Solley, Broward College
Stacey Stember, Broward College

SPARK Reading across the Curriculum

Summary: Reading is fundamental. It is an integral part of everything that we do in college and life. Reading faculty collaborated to create a dynamic project to SPARK the change in how reading is approached across the curriculum. We designed cross disciplinary lessons that focus on the theme of “Everyday Heroes” while addressing the various learning styles in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Teaching Research in the Developmental Writing Classroom using Social Justice as a Lens

Summary: Do you want to help prepare your developmental writers for college-level composition? Try teaching research writing with a twist: having students research areas of social justice in their major. This presentation will address how to scaffold effectively to teach this kind of writing in the developmental classroom and include student reflections on their work.

Presenter(s): Denise Wilkinson, Virginia Wesleyan University

Integrating Web-based Engagement into a Mathematics Course for Generation Z students

Summary: The presenter will discuss the benefits of incorporating Web-based activities in a mathematics classroom that engage today’s Generation Z students. Sample activities that can be integrated into a face-to-face or online mathematics course will be shared.

Presenter(s): Kara Woehler, Wayne State College

Developing and Promoting a Peer Mentoring Program for 1st year College Students

Summary: College is a big step for many students, and is a different experience from high school. Offering a Peer Mentor program for 1st year students can and will drastically improve their chances of persistence, good academic standing and eventually graduation at your institution.