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Proposal Format

Abstracts focusing on students’ under-preparedness and success in college and beyond (classroom experiences, teaching strategies, student services, administrative services, etc.) are invited, as well as proposals addressing college preparation for high school students. Please use adult learning techniques and plan on active audience interaction in your program.

Presentation categories are the following: Achieving the Dream Colleges, Administration, Adult Learners, Bridging the Gap Between High School and College, Career Planning, Disciplinary Literacy, Diversity, ESL, Freshmen Success, Graduate Student Perspectives, Institutional Research, Leadership, Mathematics and Science, Multiculturalism, Readingand Learning Strategies, Social Sciences/Humanities, Student Services (Advising, Counseling, TRIO, Tutoring, etc.), Students with Disabilities, Technology/Online Education, Transitional Experiences, Writing, or Other.

The abstract should be 200-300 words and include a clear purpose, methods or techniques, educational or scientific importance, learning objectives and intended outcomes, relevance to TASS audience, delivery style, session structure including audience interaction, results/conclusions and data sources.

Paper presentations are limited to 45 minutes to accommodate as many topics as possible. Leave at least 20 minutes for Q&A at the end of your session.

A double time slot (two subsequent 45-minute sessions) may be requested in the Comment box with the rationale for an extended time clearly explained. An example of a double time slot might be when an individual is presenting an innovative classroom strategy and wants ample time to have participants try out the strategy during the session.

Panel presentations are 90 minutes long and should include three or more presenters focusing on one topic. Panel presentations must include at least 30 minutes of discussion and/or audience involvement. If you are submitting a proposal for a panel presentation, please indicate your interest under Comments on the Online Proposal Submission Form.

Focus group sessions are 90 minutes long. A focus group is a discussion whereby the person moderating wants feedback about a possible project, research proposal, or other area of interest. There is no formal presentation or workshop required with this format.  If you propose to facilitate a focus group, please follow the general format for proposal submission.

Flash presentations are 15 minutes each.  1 or 2 presenters are allowed for each flash presentation.  Two subsequent flash presentations will be paired thematically and scheduled in the same room (15 min x 2 = 30 min), followed by 15 minutes of the audience discussion involving all the presenters in that session.

 If you are submitting a proposal for a flash presentation, panel presentation, focus group, or a double-slot session, please indicate your interest under Comments on the Online Proposal Submission Form.

Proposal Review:

All proposals are reviewed by the TASS Proposal Review Committee. The proposal review deadline is December 15, 2018. Notifications as to your acceptance status will be made within a month of the proposal submission date.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Targets students’ under-preparedness and success in various areas
  • Contains innovative ideas and makes a significant contribution to the field
  • Presents a practical skill/method/approach based explicitly on sound theory and research
  • Provides evidence that practice has been assessed and proven effective
  • Provides an accurate depiction of what to expect from the session
  • Involves audience engagement and allows time for discussion, hands-on application, and Q&A
  • Uses clear language to present goals of the session

To view a sample proposal that meets the above criteria click here: Sample TASS Proposal

To view a session evaluation form used during the conference, click here: Presenter-Session Evaluation.

Proposal Review Committee

  • Molly Minus, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, Professor of Education, St. Edward's University, Chair (
  • Victoria Appatova, Professor of Reading, University of Cincinnati
  • Nicole Battaglia, Director of First-Year Initiatives/Mentor, Freshman Studies, Seton Hall University
  • Jacqueline DeBenedetto, Freshman Studies Mentor, Seton Hall University
  • Lesley Dorhout, College Success Program, English, Foreign Language & Fine Arts Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College
  • Olena Drozd, Writing and Reading Center Coordinator, Instructor in English, Glenn Hubert Learning Center, Barry University
  • Cindy Gomez  Developmental English and Composition, Hodges University
  • Sarah Hein,  Associate Professor of Psychology, Edison State University
  • Toni Hernen, Lecturer/Remedial Reading/Education, Bronx State University
  • Lori Howe, Doctoral Student in Literacy Studies, University of Wyoming
  • Kristen Lawson, Assistant Professor of Developmental Studies, Indiana University Pennsylvania
  • Shelly Millender, Instructor of Reading, Lawson State Community College
  • Louann Sears, Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • Denise Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics, Virginia Wesleyan College

Submit your proposal online

If you have questions regarding proposals, please e-mail Presenters are expected to register for the conference and pay the registration fee by January 15, 2019.