Conference Sessions

28th Annual TASS Conference

March 19-22, 2017
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 2017: 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): Josie Adamo, Bufffalo State College

I Never Got Below An A in High School So Why Am I Struggling in College

Summary: This presentation will emphasize the importance of bringing, to the first year student, an awareness of non-academic variables and their contribution to ones' success, both academic and personally.

Presenter(s): Charles Alexander , San Diego Miramar College

The Unmotivated Student and Under Motivated Student

Summary: This presentation will focus on teaching unmotivated and under motivated college students reach their full potential and create an effective mindset in order to face the academic and social challenges of today.

Presenter(s): Gail Ali, University of Phoenix


Summary: This presentation reviews the soft skills gap and results of a pilot study between middle schoolers, different levels of undergraduate students, and interns.

Presenter(s): Victoria Appatova, University of Cincinnati
Laura Mendez Ortiz, University of Cincinnati

Effective Learning Environment and its Transformation in a New Technological Era

Summary: This focus group will provide an opportunity to get involved in the international Effective Learning Environments research project. Its goal is to assess learning environments and studentsí expectations from academia and themselves.

Presenter(s): Richard Baker, Adams State University

Teaching the English 102 Research Paper in Three Easy Steps

Summary: This session will present three unique assignments to teach second semester freshman how to write a solid research paper in three easy steps. They are titled "The Critical Ethnic Paper", "The Birthday Assignment",Ě and "The Step-by-Step Research Paper".Ě

Presenter(s): Meg Baronian, Landmark College
Norma Willingham, Landmark College

iPads: The Future of Assistive Technology

Summary: We will demonstrate iPad Apps that offer support to students who learn differently including text-readers, voice-recognition, tools for writing, note-taking, mind-mapping, organizing, and studying. Bring your iPad (or not).

Presenter(s): Nicole Battaglia, Seton Hall University
Jacqueline DeBenedetto, Seton Hall University

Fast Forward Program: Resetting Academic Culture, Fall Bridge

Summary: Through examining the newly implemented fall bridge program we will discuss the implications for practice to assist academically underprepared students excel in their collegiate careers.

Presenter(s): Dan Berkenkemper, Liberty University

Your Shirt's on Backwards: Metacognition and the Dunning-Kruger Effect in the Classroom

Summary: This presentation will examine the Dunning-Kruger Effect and explain the important implications of teaching metacognition in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Jody Carson, Northern Essex Community College
Sue Tashjian, Northern Essex Community College

Improving Teaching, Learning, and Collaboration through the Open Educational Resources Initiative

Summary: A new statewide community college OER initiative kicked off this year in Massachusetts. Hear how it improves teaching, learning, and collaboration statewide, while saving our students over one million dollars next year.

Presenter(s): Amarilis Castillo, Texas State University

Theory to Practice: Implementing Multimodalities for Deep Learning in the IRW Classroom

Summary: The presenter will demonstrate practices that encourage deep learning in the integrated reading and writing classroom to emphasize the role of the class as foundation for success across academic disciplines.

Presenter(s): Elizabeth Caulfield, Palm Beach State College
Helena Zacharis, Palm Beach State College
Debra-Anne Singleton, Palm Beach State College

Online Academic Support Options for Underprepared College Students

Summary: Managers of academic support centers at Palm Beach State College will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing online support services to supplement face-to-face support for underprepared college students.

Presenter(s): Michelle Cefaratti, Medaille College

Arming Provisional Students with Strategies for Success

Summary: A look into the strategies that enable provisional freshman to improve reading skills and comprehension of college- level texts in remedial courses and beyond.

Presenter(s): Dominique Charlotteaux, Broward College

Engaging Students with Educational Apps

Summary: College instructors can actively engage students in their learning process by implementing educational apps in classroom activities. This presentation will explore how educational apps positively impact students' level of engagement with learning and showcase some of the educational apps available to instructors.

Presenter(s): Kristin Conley, Ferris State University
Monica Frees, Ferris State University
Dave McCall, Ferris State Univeristy
Deedee Stakley, Ferris State University

Written Reflection: A Tool to Help Students Take Control of Their Learning (Wednesday Workshop - invited presentation)

Summary: Become a facilitator of consciousness, critical thinking, and self-efficacy as you help students understand the power of questioning. Create a classroom environment that embraces 21st century technology, writing, and reflection while still focusing on helping students take time to grow and become better prepared for college success.

Presenter(s): Marty Daniels, Kent State University-Stark

Student Success and Retention: Focusing on the Ends of the Under-preparedness Continuum

Summary: Under-prepared students fall into a wide range of needs. Two new programs address the two ends, with the intention of strengthening academic success for all students.

Presenter(s): Jacqueline DeBenedetto, Seton Hall University
Nicole Battaglia, Seton Hall University

Blogging for an "A": Using Social Media to Encourage Student Engagement

Summary: Through exploring the positive effects of using technology in the classroom to enhance the experience of freshmen, we will discuss the importance of the ePortfolio and its effect on retention.

Presenter(s): Omar DeShazior, Broward College

Success for Minority Males: From A Wellness Perspective

Summary: A body of research highlights the non-success of minority males in several different areas of their lives as it relates to total wellness. The audience will gain an understanding of how success is defined, learn how to develop their life’s vision & purpose, recognize & create opportunities to be successful, gain insight on how to prepare for success, learn how success manifest in one’s life, and receive a take-home assignment to ensure specific tasks are executed to ensure their success.

Presenter(s): Lesley Dorhout, University of Cincinnati Clermont College
Teri Rysz, University of Cincinnati Clermont College

Is 2 Really Less Than 3? Active Research in Introductory Algebra

Summary: Math courses have proven challenging and are often avoided by under-prepared students. This session shares quantitative and qualitative data gleaned through a comparison of a 2 day versus 3 day/week class.

Presenter(s): Lesley Dorhout, University of Cincinnati Clermont College
Nicona Gamm, University of Cincinnate Clermont College

Obstacle Free! Building a Successful Academic Bridge Program for Appalachian (and Other At-Risk) Students

Summary: The structure, successes and struggles of building a bridge program for a diverse student group will be shared. Group discussion allows participants to apply aspects to their individual settings.

Presenter(s): Monica Frees, Ferris State University
Kristen Motz, Ferris State University
Kristin Conley, Ferris State University

Library Skills + Technology + Gaming + Course Material = Better Prepared Students

Summary: Change your classroom dynamic into one that embraces technology & gaming. Reading Instructors and a Librarian transformed an outdated class into a relevant and engaging course for todayís digital students.

Presenter(s): Nina Ghiselli, Los Medanos College

Learning Ramps: Practical Strategies for Universal Design in Teaching

Summary: Through hands-on activities, discussion, storytelling and even audience participation in an interpretive dance, participants will have a better understanding of disability issues and Universal Design and be able to apply the concept to their everyday work.

Presenter(s): Sheri Goldstein, Palm Beach State College - Boca Raton Campus
Jeannie Hoban, Palm Beach State College

Got Compassion?

Summary: How prepared is your institution to meet the needs of the campus and surrounding community in a compassionate and caring manner? Learn how Palm Beach State College formed a Compassionate College Committee to respond to all stages of events (before, during, and after). Events discussed include: mental health issues, death, severe weather related events and mass terrorism.

Presenter(s): Cindy Gomez, Hodges University

Cultural Roadblocks to Academic Success

Summary: This presentation will provide insights into the challenges that second language/international students have when stepping into an "American" college classroom for the first time.

Presenter(s): Marisa Gossett, Texas A&M University
Reba Stahr, Texas A&M University

Academic Coaching: It's More Than Just Study Skills

Summary: Academic coaching has become an important asset on our campus since its introduction four years ago. This session will focus on what we have learned as full-time academic coaches through our successes and failures, as well as ways to balance working with a large population of mandatory student referrals and those seeking assistance on their own.

Presenter(s): Beverlyn Grace-Odeleye, Ph.D, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Virginia Reiner, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

Humor to Enhance Various Leadership Styles in Higher Education Administration

Summary: This presentation examines the literature on incorporating humor into leadership styles of higher education professionals providing academic services and the organizational benefits of humor in leadership.

Presenter(s): HelenMarie Harmon, Indiana University Northwest

Students: It's Time to Drive Your C.A.R.S!* (*Confidence in Achieving and Reaching Success!)

Summary: Engaging and interactive activities to "REV UP" academic confidence for first-year university students, including motivation to help them GO; guidance through the DETOURS; and navigational assistance when they need to SLOW DOWN or CHANGE DIRECTION!

Presenter(s): Mike Hearn, Northern Essex Community College
Susan Leonardi, Northern Essex Community College
Laura Mondt, Northern Essex Community College

The Academic Library and New Student Orientation: Redefining Roles

Summary: The college library is positioned to be a significant participant in new student orientations. By identifying areas of student need, the library can impact the success of new students as they transition to college.

Presenter(s): Lori Howe, University of Wyoming

Writing to Exhale: What First-Year College Students Want Us to Know About Writing Instruction

Summary: This presentation synthesizes the research on categories of student need for first-year writing students. It also discusses the intersection of those categories and what a FYS class of students revealed during a 2016 study as their primary wants and needs from FY writing instruction.

Presenter(s): Sandra Jakubow, Palm Beach State College - Boca Raton Campus
Sheri Goldstein, Palm Beach State College - Boca Raton Campus
Elizabeth Caulfield, Palm Beach State College

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Summary: Learn about a new collaborative new approach that is the implementation stage at the Boca Raton campus of Palm Beach State College in an effort to increase student completion and reduce time to degree. Share your ideas as we present the process and develop best practices.

Presenter(s): Billy P. Jones, Ph.D., Broward College--South Campus

Year 2: Broward College's Summer Leadership Institute for High School Boys

Summary: In its second year, Broward Collegeís Pre-College Summer Leadership Institute for high school boys (PSLI) promotes leadership development, college connections, and career readiness. Learn more about this exciting program.

Presenter(s): Natalie Keiser, Berkeley College

Tutoring Anywhere: A Virtual Approach to Academic Support

Summary: This presentation will focus on how Tutoring Centers in higher education institutions can provide academic support to both online and onsite students in a digital but interactive way. If possible, please bring your laptops to this presentation for an interactive activity.

Presenter(s): Deborah Kellner, University of Cincinnati

Developing Reading Resiliency for College Textbooks (Wednesday Workshop - invited presentation)

Summary: Attendees will explore issues relevant to strategic reading and resiliency across disciplines. Research, approaches, and hands-on practice utilizing multiple strategies will be shared to draw attention to disciplinary differences and the importance of metacognitive awareness.

Presenter(s): Dilnoza Khasilova, University of Wyoming

Transfer of Knowledge and 21st Century Skillset from a Student Success Center for Freshmen Success

Summary: The presenter will demonstrate practical approaches to engaging early college students in readiness and success, and offers audience participantsí knowledge and activities they may use in their own diverse and often multilingual classrooms.

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

Safety (and Success) in Numbers: Effective Small Group Communication and Problem Solving

Summary: Encouraging our students to actively participate in group/team activities and projects can enable them to develop valuable effective communication skills that can be applied to the classroom and well beyond.

Presenter(s): Gene Klein, Keiser University

Watch your language.

Summary: A link between the failure rate for developmental mathematics and hidden language components in the developmental mathematics curriculum is examined. Interventions which reframe math concepts into language concepts are explored.

Presenter(s): Kirsten Kortz, NECC - Quarrybrook
Jason Wyda, Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center

Experiences in Nature: Improving Math and Science Learning Through Experiential Teaching and Learning

Summary: This session will discuss and demonstrate experiential learning strategies for K-14 student success in math and science as utilized by Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center and Northern Essex Community College.

Presenter(s): Sandy Lawrence, Georgia State University
Dr. Nannette Commander, Georgia State University, College of Education and Human Development

Dare to Challenge Students' Default Metacognitive Reading Strategies

Summary: Presenters will share findings on the use of metacognitive reading strategies in college students, will facilitate an interactive discussion, and will provide suggestions and resources participants can put into practice.

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

The Importance of Scaffolding for ESL/EFL Learners

Summary: This presentation will focus on scaffolding strategies for ESL/EFL students. The presenter will discuss assignments that lead students through a process of joint problem-solving between a teacher and a student.

Presenter(s): Edward Lehner, Bronx Community College

Examining Critical Literacy and the College Reading Classroom

Summary: This study establishes a quantitative rationale for using critical literacy and establishes the practice as a highly effective method of instruction for community college developmental reading courses.

Presenter(s): Edward Lehner, Bronx Community College

Formative Assessment and College Writing: Can Learning Analytics Inform Instructional Approaches?

Summary: This research determined an association between students’ completion of formative assessments and their meeting of course-level benchmarks, as measured by rubrics evaluating critical reasoning and analysis, organization, and language use. This research’s data science framework provides a template for increased data collection and future composition scholarship.

Presenter(s): Samantha Lemus-Martinez, Barry University

The Perceptions of 8th Grade Students on their Student-Teacher Relationships and its Impact on their Attitude Towards School: A Mixed Methods Analysis

Summary: This mixed methods study illuminates how studentís perceptions of the relationships they have with their teachers influences their attitude towards attending school. As 8th graders, their final year in middle school, is quintessential to motivating and encouraging them to continue pursuing their education beyond 12th grade.

Presenter(s): Dawn Lopez, Johnson & Wales University

Tech It Up a Level!

Summary: Hands-on and inter-active, this session will introduce and demonstrate 3 specific communication and feedback tools that can be used in and out of the classroom!

Presenter(s): Dawn Lopez, Johnson & Wales University

Generational Diversity - The Struggle is Real!

Summary: Is it your imagination, or do college students get younger and younger every year? We will engage in several hands-on activities to demonstrate that baby boomers think and act differently than individuals from Generation X, and Millennials. The session is fun, inter-active, and will create moments that participants are sure to talk about long after the session has ended.

Presenter(s): Dean Loring, Broward College

Study Of Worked Examples Before Traditional Problem Solving Practice

Summary: Study of worked examples before traditional problem solving practice can increase learning and transfer of skill for some students compared to traditional practice alone

Presenter(s): Jenny Marcus, Truman State University

How Do We Talk About Screen Addiction with Adult Learners?

Summary: This is a focus group designed to explore the question of how to address internet addiciton with our students, resulting in a draft of useful ideas.

Presenter(s): Holly McKee, Kellogg Community College
Cindy Lingbeek, Kellogg Community College

Bridging the Gap: Transition services for students with disabilities

Summary: This session will offer concrete examples of how one community college assists students with disabilities during the transition from high school to college.

Presenter(s): Vochita Mihai, Medaille College

Mathematics and Reading

Summary: Summary: This presentation is about understanding word-problems and mathematical concepts in an algebra course using reading methods and other non-traditional methods. One example of non-traditional method will be presented, how different reading strategies influence the approach of solving algebra problems, and interesting mathematical questions will be shared with the audience.

Presenter(s): Ryan Myers, University of Cincinnati

Was it Something I said? Exploring Teacher Talk During Writing Conferences

Summary: This presentation highlights the findings from three teacher-student writing conferences. The teacher's self-perception and actions are clearly disparate.

Presenter(s): Donna Nalley, South University Online

"I Thought Online Learning Meant NOT Having to Talk in Class!": Helping Introverted Students Survive and Succeed in the Online Classroom

Summary: The best online courses encourage student engagement in vibrant learning communities, but how do introverts navigate these experiences designed to strengthen communication skills, build community, and prepare for future careers?

Presenter(s): Dr. Thomas Noonan, Catholic Memorial High School
Michael Derrick, Seton Catholic Schools

Perceptions & Misperceptions: Povertyís Impact on College Readiness

Summary: Poverty cuts across a number of conditions first generation college students face beyond financial. This session explores how poverty impacts student preparedness and provides ideas for how colleges may respond.

Presenter(s): C Phoebe Reeves, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College

Donít Throw the Book at Them: Get Rid of Your Textbook and Embrace a More Dynamic Classroom

Summary: Affordable, accessible, engaging: popular nonfiction can replace expensive developmental writing textbooks and improve student learning. Leave the textbook behind; come discover the benefits of teaching with a full-length nonfiction book.

Presenter(s): Angela M. Reeves. Ed.D., L.P.C., M.S.W., Mott Community College

Ingredients of An Effective Class: Evidence Based? Effective, Meaningful Learning Research? Pre- and Post-Testing?

Summary: Considering evidence based, effective, meaningful Learning Research, real world preparation and identifying students’ progress through pre-and post-testing? Learn about real results and practice strategies you can apply in your classes!

Presenter(s): Virginia Reiner, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
Beverlyn Grace-Odeleye, Ph.D, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Whatever Works: Two Universitiesí Retention Programs Reflect Diverse Needs of Student Populations

Summary: Examples of retention initiatives implemented at a public and private university illustrate the variety and scope of programs designed to meet the unique needs of each institutionís student population.

Presenter(s): Valerie Rister, University of Kentucky

First Generation College Students' Self-Perception as Writers

Summary: This presentation will focus on first generation college students' self - perception as writers and the impact it has on their academic success.

Presenter(s): Valerie Rister, University of Kentucky

Beating the Barrier! Student Support Services Tutoring the Barrier Courses

Summary: This study examines the impact of peer to peer tutoring in relation to first generation college students taking barrier courses in math and science.

Presenter(s): Ruth Roberman, South University

The Remediation Quagmire: Can developmental math students bypass a remedial math class and still be successful?

Summary: Research shows that remedial college students are at greater risk of not graduating than students who enter directly into for-credit courses, yet, bypassing these developmental courses may be risky. How can administrators and instructors determine what is best for their institution?

Presenter(s): Andre Robinson, Bunker Hill Community College
Lee Santos Silva, Bunker Hill Community College
Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Bunker Hill Community College

Communicating Difference

Summary: Particularly pertinent to the current political climate, the presenters will share how they’ve enabled students to reflect on their experiences and develop lifelong learning goals while engaging in "difficult" dialogues.

Presenter(s): Raynard Ross, Grand Rapids Community College
Travis Steffens, Grand Rapids Community College
Christopher Sain, Grand Rapids Community College

Incentivizing Habits of Academic Survival

Summary: Focus group discussion for student service personnel who recognize the impact of support services on the Academic Survival of individual students and the graduation rates of their institution.

Presenter(s): Karen Ryan, Florida Gulf Coast University
Catherine Gorman, Florida Gulf Coast University

PAL Mentors Making a Difference in Composition I Classes

Summary: This session will address the successes and challenges of the PAL mentor program in a Composition I course and provide strategies for administrators and faculty to implement similar programs in a university setting.

Presenter(s): Jacqueline Saarenas, Seattle University

Facilitated Study Groups - An alternative method for providing academic support

Summary: Seattle Universityís Learning Assistance Programs office created the Facilitated Study Groups program to foster an intentional, collaborative and communal method for providing subject specific support for college students.

Presenter(s): Patrick Saxon, Sam Houston State University

Scholarship in Developmental Education - SHSU's Fully Online DevEd Ed.D. Program

Summary: Recently, developmental education has advanced in terms of research, scholarship, and professional development opportunities. The presenter will discuss these advances and the Sam Houston State University fully online Developmental Education Doctoral Program. Participants will be allowed time for discussion.

Presenter(s): Lou Ann Sears, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Disability Services: We Can All Make a Difference

Summary: Regardless of our job titles, disability services touch all of us. We all have a chance to make a difference.

Presenter(s): Lou Ann Sears, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Deconstructing Plagiarism

Summary: Let's deconstruct plagiarism and use it as a TEACHABLE MOMENT.

Presenter(s): Kaemanje Thomas, Bronx Community College

Cultivating Critical Literacy Skills for the Adult Linguistically Diverse Learner using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Summary: This presentation explores the use of culturally relevant strategies in developmental college level reading courses. It integrates the use of Malcolm Knowles, theory of Andragogy and examines how current instructional practices undermine the role of the Linguistically Diverse students during learning process.

Presenter(s): Darnell Towns, Middle Tennessee State University

Advising the disadvantaged: Examining the differences between advising models when helping prescribed STEAM students reach their academic goals

Summary: This presentation will explore the outcomes of students who enter college with deficiencies in the math subject area. In particular, the focus will be on students in a college composed of science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics majors.

Presenter(s): Danielle Towns-Belton, Tennessee State University

Identifying issues related to graduate student enrollment trends by examining graduate student perspectives at a historically black college and university

Summary: Gauging graduate student perspectives across multiple disciplines in an effort to improve retention at a publicly funded historically black college and university in the state of Tennessee.

Presenter(s): Ren VanderLind, Texas State University

Mental Illness, Stigma, and Self-Disclosure in College Students

Summary: This presentation will address the experiences of two college students with mental illness. It will cover what educators can do to create more welcoming classroom environments in which students feel safe self-disclosing when seeking help.

Presenter(s): Nicholas Vick, Pitt Community College

Community College Leadership and Developmental Education

Summary: Have you ever wondered what community college presidents think about developmental education? In this presentation, results from a qualitative study will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the value of leadership and administration relative to academic success.

Presenter(s): Denise Wilkinson, Virginia Wesleyan College

The First Day and Beyond: Icebreakers and their Connection to Student Success

Summary: The presenter will discuss the significance of social cohesion and its relationship to student performance and success through the use of ongoing icebreakers throughout the semester. Relevant community-building activities that can be integrated into a class will be shared.

Presenter(s): Ann Wolf, New Mexico Highlands Universtiy

Navigating the Language of Math: Using Active Reading Strategies (Wednesday Workshop - invited presentation)

Summary: This workshop will focus on the connections that can be applied between literacy and mathematics. The presenter will share some strategies to help students become successful readers in a math course. Included will be active reading strategies for instructors and tutors to experience these in the math discipline.

Presenter(s): Ellen Zimmerman, McHenry College

Students Under Pressure: How College Student Mental Health Trends are affecting student success

Summary: A new national survey of freshmen found that 50 percent of students reported feeling stressed most or all of the time, which is a barrier to academic success.