Conference Sessions

30th Annual TASS Conference

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

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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): Natalie Aleman, Berkeley College


Summary: Higher education institutions need to better understand the experiences of First-Generation graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in order to evaluate and assess how to best support this population.

Presenter(s): Gail Ali, University of Phoenix


Summary: Retaining the Online Gen Z student: With deteriorating retention rates in online programs being occupied by Generation Z students, how can those responsible for curriculum development and its delivery be effective with this generation and raise performance levels? This presentation explores engagement methods to enhance online retention in academia by addressing the nuances of the Generation Z student.

Presenter(s): Noah Bowman, Maryville College

Freshman Student-Athlete Success: A Guided Study Hall & Positive Peer Modeling Program

Summary: The presenter will discuss the benefits, challenges, logistics, and student scholar/academic mentor training required to operate an effective student-led/staff supervised guided study/positive peer modeling program for 1st year college student-athletes.

Presenter(s): James Bryson, New Millenium Institute

Stop Tripping! Life Skills, Academic & Job Readiness Boot Camp

Summary: Discover a successful boot camp that helps at-risk high school seniors to understand their self-handicapping mindsets and how to overcome it. The presentation shares program model, strategies, tools and results.

Presenter(s): Savena Budhu Barajas, Broward College
Michelle Wagner, Broward College

Teaching Writing and Critical Thinking to Underprepared Students via Fairy Tales

Summary: Our presentation will focus on effective teaching strategies using fairy tales that engage students in conversations that result in critical thinking and writing.

Presenter(s): Dominique Charlotteaux, Broward College
Isis Silva, Broward College

Engaging 21st Century Tech-Savvy Learners (WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: free registration; scroll up to the top of this web page to register)

Summary: Today’s 21st century tech savvy learners can be actively engaged in learning via innovative teaching techniques. The presentation will introduce participants to a variety of active learning strategies and technology tools that promote engagement, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Presenter(s): Mary Jean Clapp, New England Institute of Technology

How to Create, Manage and Grade Active-Learning Activities

Summary: Student-centered educational models based on activities have direct implications for students, faculty, administration and stakeholders of every institution. This presentation will share descriptions and implementations of various active-learning strategies to include team-based learning.

Presenter(s): Kristin Conley, Ferris State University
Heather Pavletic, Ferris State University
Lauren Cavner Williams, Michigan State University

Using a Professional Mindset as a Gateway to Success

Summary: This session will explore how integrating community, accountability, and, most importantly, an Oz-inspired professional mindset (Connors, Smith, and Hickman, 2014) is helping under-prepared students succeed in math, English, and reading.

Presenter(s): Thomas S. Conte, Seton Hall University

The Transfer Experience at Seton Hall: An Institutional Response

Summary: This presentation will share curriculum development, class structure, and student feedback of a newly designed class developed for transfer students who entered with more than 30 credits.

Presenter(s): Natalia Darling, UCBA
Thomas Stringfield, University of Cincicnnati/RWC

Promoting Student Engagement in Science and Math by Incorporating Student Created Videos

Summary: This presentation explores student-created videos to provide alternative assessments and engage students with mathematics, chemistry and physics content. Specific activities applicable to mathematics and science will be shared.

Presenter(s): Donald DeSormoux, Keiser University

Building your advising team with faculty (A Collaborative Process)

Summary: Research indicates that a central advising practice is a positive way to increase student retention and overall success rates. Come join me to discuss collaborative methods of a faculty-driven support team for academic advisement success.

Presenter(s): Lynn Dornink, Northeastern University
Sally Solomon, Northeastern University

Supporting Those who Support

Summary: Working with at-risk students is improved when faculty/staff share best practices in a "persistence network" model.

Presenter(s): Olena Drozd, Barry University

Teaching ELLs in Content-Area University Classrooms

Summary: This presentation presents findings from a study that explored experiences of five university professors teaching English language learners (ELLs) in the first-year general education courses.

Presenter(s): Stephanie Etter, Broward College
Sherry Cox, Broward College

Contextualizing: Making One Course Relevant to All

Summary: Overview and discussion of a recent effort to contextualize a computer literacy course so students from any discipline can complete discipline related assignments early in their academic career.

Presenter(s): Dr Fitzroy Farquharson, Valencia College

Strategies to Improve Success for Online Math Students

Summary: The session will explore the characteristics of a good online student, how to identify at-risk characteristics that affect students' success, along with strategies to improve online math courses success.

Presenter(s): Susan Fletcher, ohio university

Experimenting with Study Strategies: Putting Theory to Practice (WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: free registration; scroll up to the top of this web page to register)

Summary: The presenter will share a summative project for a study strategies course in which students design and conduct their own experiment to test their adoption of a specific study strategy.

Presenter(s): Rona F. Flippo, University of Mass Boston
Victoria Appatova, University of Cincinnati

A Review of Study and Learning Research Topics with a Focus on Test Preparation and Test Taking Strategies

Summary: This Invited Session provides a review of the research and current topics for those who specialize in work with pre-college, college, and other postsecondary students’ study, learning, and literacy instruction programs. The presenters will share an overview of practical research findings and implications, with a particular focus on test preparation and test taking strategies that could inform future practice and instruction in the field.

Presenter(s): Monica Frees, Ferris State University

Decoding Student Behaviors

Summary: Do your students not seem to be paying attention? Maybe they are texting, listening to music or even leaving the classroom. We will explore approaches to improve student engagement.

Presenter(s): Sarah Garman, Miami Dade College

Wrap Around Care is Essential! Learn to Launch and Sustain a Student Food Pantry with No Initial Funding

Summary: Food insecurity is on the rise on college and university campuses and can be an obstacle to student success and retention. This workshop will share strategies to enable TASS attendees to launch and sustain a student food pantry without initial grant money.

Presenter(s): Leonard Geddes, The LearnWell Projects

Trench Data: Data That Matters About Students Who Matter

Summary: We've discovered higher education gold, and we'd like to share it with you in this session! Learn how Trench Data can solve all of your academic-related challenges.

Presenter(s): Teal Golden, Drexel University

A First-Year Seminar: A Dumping Ground or a Playground for Future Leaders?

Summary: Incorporating student leaders into a course facilitates freshmen success and increased upperclassmen engagement. Attendees will learn best practices in curriculum development for a course taught by advisors and student leaders.

Presenter(s): Cindy Gomez, Lely High School

Defining Prepared - Envisioning the Success Freshman

Summary: This focus group of secondary and higher education professionals will be engaged in the discussion of the question: Is there a difference between a student who successfully completes high school and one who is academically prepared for college?

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

Connecting the Dots: Turning Theory into Application

Summary: Helping students "connect the dots," our Liberty University Academic Success Center is bridging the gap between study skills theory and actual application with a new course called ASCS 103.

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): Akisha Holland, Maricopa County Community College District

Establishing an Executive Presence with Authenticity

Summary: An innovative effort to guide professionals and students through stagnating issues of leadership through storytelling and dialogue.

Presenter(s): Rudy Jean-Bart, Broward College

Intellectual Development vs. Intellectual Gentrification: The Key to Having Minority Students Feeling Determined Rather Than Deflated

Summary: This interactive session will discuss how professors can better collaborate with minority students in developing a learning environment that empowers and recognizes a minority student’s intellectual capability.

Presenter(s): Deborah Kellner, University of Cincinnati

Collaborating with Faculty to Promote Disciplinary Literacy Strategies

Summary: As institutions scrutinize the success of developmental courses, a focus on what we teach and why we teach it must remain front and center. This presentation highlights the importance of collaborating with disciplinary faculty to promote a variety of literacy strategies that are transferable with any discipline.

Presenter(s): Deborah Kellner, University of Cincinnati

The Role of Trauma in Academic Performance

Summary: Without question, we have students who have been victims of trauma. This session discusses the ramifications of trauma exposure and examines its manifestation in academic performance.

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): Gene Klein, Broward College
Michael Record, Keiser University

Can Game Theory Be Used to Increase Writing Center Efficiency?

Summary: Authors of a theoretical paper explore the possibility that student overconfidence may be why some under-prepared writers stay away from the writing center while more capable students come for help.

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): Deborah London, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Who likes confrontation? Managing difficult conversations

Summary: An interactive presentation on how to manage difficult and uncomfortable conversations with colleagues, supervisors, subordinates, and students.

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

Accessibility: Helping Students Get the Most out of Online Content

Summary: Educators have a legal, ethical, and educational incentive to design online course content with all students in mind. Using ADA-compliant practices and techniques help students of all abilities maximize the benefits of posted materials and resources. At this session, you will learn techniques to increase compliance and user-friendliness, including: * Alt-tags for images * Sub-titles and closed captioning on video content * Appropriate color-combinations

Presenter(s): Gregory Loving, University of Cincinnati Clermont College
C Phoebe Reeves, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College
Cassandra Fetters, University of Cincinnati Clermont College

I Hate (Love) Highlighting

Summary: Highlighting correctly can be a powerful part of an active reading strategy. Learn how highlighting can support comprehension, analysis, research, even creative writing. For teachers and tutors. Student materials provided.

Presenter(s): Valerie Mann, Johnson County Community College

Learning Strategies as a means to Community College Success

Summary: Learning how to learn has dramatic effects on first time community college student outcomes. 30 years of experience and repeated studies have yielded best practices and favorable results; come learn from our successes, as well as our struggles!

Presenter(s): Aaron Marmorstein, DeVry University

Technology Tools for Threaded Discussions

Summary: Threaded discussions are a common component of online and blended courses. This presentation examines technology available to conduct threaded discussions beyond the traditional text based methods.

Presenter(s): John McColgan, Roxbury Community College
Cecile Regner, Roxbury Community College

Corequiste Education: Killing off Dev Ed Mathematics To Help Student Succeed

Summary: In Spring 2016, the Faculty and Administration of Roxbury Community College began piloting coreq math classes in hopes of improving student success. Now, we have completely eliminated dev ed math classes. Come find out how and why!

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

Synchronizing services for student success: cross-departmental collaboration

Summary: The presenters will share examples of synchronized and collaborative cross-departmental efforts designed to enhance student success and retention at Kellogg Community College. This interactive session will allow participants to brainstorm how these programs and services may be replicated on their campuses. As well, as share examples of their own collaborative efforts with other participants.

Presenter(s): Anibal Nieves-Vazquez, Broward College

21st Century Human Resource Skills for 21st Century Organizations

Summary: Which are the 21st Century Human Resource Skills which need to match the 21st century organizations? Strategies for facilitating 21st Century Human Resource Skills to our students

Presenter(s): Victoria Noorzai Noorzai, Broward College
Alexandra Mason, Broward College
Zorina Sattaur , Broward College

Success Strategies for Culturally Diverse Students

Summary: This workshop will help audience recognize the challenges ESL students face in mainstream classes and identify strategies to ensure student success through cultural sensitivity and innovation.

Presenter(s): Paula Owens, Augusta University

Teach Back: Student Centered Learning and Metacognitive Strategies (WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: free registration; scroll up to the top of this web page to register)

Summary: An innovative strategic effort to guide Generation Z students to reach their full academic potential. This double time slot paper presentation demonstrates the process from beginning to end.

Presenter(s): Elisa Pearson, Barry University
Lisa Diaz, Barry University
Francesca Muro, Barry University
Joyce Varela, Barry University

I Got Schooled: My First Year…as an Academic Coach

Summary: Academic success coaches will present the Metacognitive Collaborative Action Model (MCAM) for Academic Coaching in the context of being new coaches supporting first-year, at-risk students, and will share best practices for academic coaching grounded in this model.

Presenter(s): Elisa Pearson, Barry University
Lisa Diaz, Barry University
Francesca Muro, Barry University
Joyce Varela, Barry University

Best Practices for an Academic Success Coaching Program

Summary: Through the lens of practitioners and a university administrator, academic coaches and their program director model and evaluate best practices for developing, enhancing, and executing an academic success coaching/advising hybrid model used to support at-risk, first-year students, and share strategies and insights gained from the implementation of the first-year of this unique program.

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): Ruth Roberman, South University

Asking the Right Question: Effective Questioning Techniques for Underprepared Mathematics Students

Summary: Research shows that first-year college students are underprepared for college-level mathematics courses. The most common K-12 teaching method in the United States is an emphasis on teaching repetitive processes without emphasizing the understanding of concepts that would help students make connections to other mathematical topics. Therefore, students typically enter college math courses expecting to memorize facts and repeat them back on tests. This does not lead to long-term retention, which can then lead to failure to remember and apply the material in future math courses or courses related to their majors. How can instructors apply questioning techniques to increase retention? Lecture methods yield the lowest overall scores of any of the teaching methods. The passive approach of traditional lecturing is less effective than effective questioning, which can promote active learning and, therefore, improved course outcomes.

Presenter(s): Keana Roberts, Broward College

Exploring the Community College Student Athlete Experience

Summary: High school student athletes dream of attending a Division I university. However, various circumstances can affect their eligibility, causing them to start at a community college or junior college. The purpose of this presentation will be to present the experiences of 10 student athletes at the community college level who are seeking to transition to 4-year athletic programs.

Presenter(s): Isabel Rodriguez- Dehmer, Miami Dade College

_”Just Give me the Facts” Persuasion through Bias

Summary: Persuasion Through Bias Once upon a time, news was reported from an unbiased perspective, “Just give me the facts” was the prevailing perspective. With the increase use of sensationalized journalism, personal blogs, social media, and direct access to newsmakers, opinion is masked by marginal facts. Distinguishing the motivation beneath the words is a key player in identifying propaganda and bias. In this workshop we will identify types of propaganda, analyze bias, and reflect on the impact.

Presenter(s): Pascal Roubides, Broward College

Improving Retention & Success via "Behavioral Modification"

Summary: This proposal is to present an overview and preliminary results from a research study on online gateway math course academic achievement based on a study of studying the effect of identifying and remediating at-risk students enrolled in online sections of Intermediate Algebra courses offered at a large public state college in south Florida by addressing gaps in self-regulatory skills deemed necessary for success in the online environment.

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

Models of Success for the So Called "UNDERserved, UNDERprepared, and UNDERrepresented" Community College Student

Summary: Successful programs that include (1) administrative and staff support, (2) evidence-based classroom strategies that produce results, (3) inclusive pedagogies that include a social justice perspective, and (4) skills-building for students in key and critical learning areas have been national attention because they produce students who achieve and succeed. This presentation will provide participants with the tools they need to design and implement innovative programs for student success.

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

Reform, Research, and Graduate Study: SHSU Doctoral Program in Developmental Education Administration

Summary: Recently, developmental education has advanced in terms of research, scholarship, and professional development opportunities. The presenter will discuss current trends and research in the field. Doctoral study, contributing to the research base, and in particular, a description of graduate study in the Sam Houston State University fully online Developmental Education Doctoral Program will be offered. Participants will be allowed time for discussion and questions regarding any of the topics covered.

Presenter(s): Patti See, University of WI-Eau Claire

'No Ideas but in Things': Grit Curriculum for Students in Poor Academic Standing

Summary: Discuss successes/challenges of the “Grit Movement” and see one instructor’s creative “teaching for grit” assignments for at-risk students: Motivating Artifact, Inquiry Notebook, Grit Video, to name a few.

Presenter(s): Antonia Sheel, Roxbury Community College

Writing the Script: Improvisation as an Essential Student Success and Life Skill

Summary: Many first-generation students come to college without a “script” on how to succeed. Gaining improvisational skills can help them overcome challenges. This presentation highlights insights gained from exploring this concept.

Presenter(s): Kimberly Smith, DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Larisa Wright , DePaul Cristo Rey High School

An Intrusive Model for College Success

Summary: The presenters will discuss how an intrusive college counseling model enables economically disadvantaged and first generation students how to navigate the college process and to obtain a college degree.

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): Ren VanderLind, College of Southern Maryland

Flipping Peer Review: Using Online Tutoring to Spur Revisions

Summary: Ever wonder if your students use feedback from peer review? This session will address an alternative to this system involving using an online tutoring service, asking students to reflect on how they will implement the suggested changes, and whether they prefer this system to the standard workshop.

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

Sense of identity, perceived academic resilience, and experiences of stigmatization in college students with mental illness

Summary: This presentation focuses on college students with mental illness in identity, stigma, and academic resilience. Findings from this study will be disseminated with the goal of identifying how to provide supports.

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

Focus Group: What Do You Do in the IRW Classroom to Lead Your Students to Success?

Summary: My community college is planning to pilot a section of Integrated Reading and Writing in the fall to replace our separate reading and writing courses, and I would love to hear your ideas and know what you do on your campus. If you teach IRW, please come and share your wisdom!

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

Multimodal Approaches for Using Film in the College Composition Classroom

Summary: Come see how using film can spark critical thinking in your students, from developmental to technical writing courses. Practical applications will be discussed for rhetoric, technical writing, and developmental writing.

Presenter(s): Caroline Webb, Broward College

Helping English Language Learners in your Classes

Summary: In this presentation, participants will develop an understanding of the second language learning process and learn strategies to make their teaching more accessible to second language learners.

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.

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

Following Breadcrumbs: Using WebQuests to Support Academic Reading

Summary: This session will describe how to create a webquest that will guide student learning while reading online academic text. This support strategy can provide suggestions for successful comprehension.