Call for Proposals



The 2021 TASS conference will be held in virtual asynchronous format. Register here to receive access to virtual presentations which will be available on the website on March 1-14, 2021. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for TASS-2021.

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McGraw Hill Graduate Student Annual Conference Scholarship

TASS Harry Prats Outstanding Service Award

TASS Outstanding Writing Award

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Proposal Format

NEW!  Proposal topics and formats have been changed. Please carefully review the information below.

We are inviting abstracts focusing on students’ academic survival from the points of view of college faculty, learning assistance and student support professionals, administrators, and high school teachers.
This is a conference for serious practitioners who are passionate about helping all students, especially those who are underprepared or underrepresented, to survive and thrive in college and beyond.  This is the forum where they share lessons learned from evidence-based decisions and real experiences in the classroom, as well as tutoring, mentoring, advising, or counseling sessions.  

Proposals are invited on the following topics: Assessment of Student Learning; Diversity and Multiculturalism (minority students, adult learners, English Language Learners, etc.); Freshmen Success; Graduate Student & New Faculty Perspectives; Inclusion (disability and accessibility, mental health issues, universal design, etc.); Institutional Strategy (administration, policy, student retention and completion initiatives, etc.); Learning Assistance and Student Support (advising, counseling, TRIO, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, career planning, etc.); Literacy and Learning Strategies in Various Disciplines (STEM, General Education courses, etc.); Preparing High School Students for College; Reading, Writing, Oral Communication; Technology/Online Education; and Transitional Experiences.

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.

45-minute presentations is the standard presentation format at TASS. Leave at least 20 minutes for Q&A at the end of your session.

90-minute presentations (two subsequent 45-minute sessions) may be requested in the Comment box. Your Abstract will have to include a clearly-explained rationale for an extended time.  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. Another example could be a panel that would include three or more presenters focusing on one topic. You may also request a 90-minute time slot if you are planning to facilitate a focus group. Your Summary of Proposal must indicate if your proposed session is an extended-time workshop, a panel, a focus group, or any other specific format.

75-minute presentations is a suitable alternative between the standard 45-minute format and an extended 90-minute format.

25-minute flash presentations: 1 or 2 presenters are allowed for each flash presentation.  Two subsequent flash presentations (25 minutes each) will be paired thematically and scheduled in the same room, followed by 25 minutes of the audience discussion involving all the presenters in that session. The overall length of this session format is 75 minutes (25+25+25).

 If you are submitting a proposal for a 90-minute presentation, a 75-minute presentation, or a 25-minute flash presentation, please indicate your interest under Comments on the Online Proposal Submission Form.

Proposal Review:

All proposals are reviewed by the TASS Proposal Review Committee. 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

If you have questions regarding proposals, please e-mail