Conference Sessions

32nd Annual TASS Conference

March 20-23, 2022


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 2022: 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): Brittany Aga, Lander University

Success in College for Today's First Year Student

Summary: This session provides information about today's first year student, the unique challenges they face, new and improved practices to be implemented in the classroom, and more.

Presenter(s): Chad Bennett, Shippensburg University of PA
Melissa Knouse, Shippensburg University of PA
Felicia Shearer, Shippensburg University of PA

Advising for Success: The Exploratory Process

Summary: This session will discuss and show how our faculty advisors partner with Exploratory students in informational, conceptual, and relational quality advising, placing students on a pathway to a major and subsequent success.

Presenter(s): Kristin Conley, Ferris State University

Using QFT to Cultivate Curiosity and Engagement in Learning

Summary: Explore the power of the Question Formulation Technique; use this strategy to help students develop their curiosity, engage in learning, and take ownership of their education.

Presenter(s): Kristin Conley, Ferris State University
Deborah Kellner , Clermont College-University of Cincinnati

College Literacy and Learning SIG-ILA: Research and Professional Development

Summary: The session will provide an opportunity for literacy conversations centered on best practices for enhancing college students’ literacy skills.

Presenter(s): Edward Cornejo, Broward College

More than Dreams: Mission Creation aimed at Transforming Students' Lives

Summary: Education is more than having dreams and establishing career goals. The transformational importance of education lies in the students' ability to discover their purposes and realize that having a mission and vision is just as important as having a certificate or credential.

Presenter(s): Shernette Dunn, United States Air Force Academy

Creating Student Success using Content Area Literacy and Learning Strategies to Build Self-Efficacy and Motivation in Undergraduate Students

Summary: Reading is an important skill that is needed to achieve academic mastery in all content areas. This project will provide several disciplinary specific strategies to support students in various disciplines.

Presenter(s): Shernette Dunn, United States Air Force Academy

Facilitating the needs of culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse learners in online spaces

Summary: : Cultural background, language, and socioeconomic factors are all contributing factors to student success in online spaces. This presentation will provide detailed research based strategies on how to support the needs of learners from various diverse backgrounds.

Presenter(s): Susan E Fletcher, ohio university

Transitions and Transfer Students: Increasing Institutional Receptivity

Summary: How does your institution support transfer students? This is one institution's pilot course designed to create a place of support and engagement with our transfer students.

Presenter(s): Sheila Fabius, Broward College
Adam Derosa, Broward College

Serving the Whole Student: Transforming Silo into a singular Coordinated Care Network

Summary: In response to the pandemic, Broward College fast-tracked the creation of a coordinated care network. Seventeen offices work together to provide wrap-around services and impact student success.

Presenter(s): Susan Fletcher, ohio university

Just-in-time approach: Infusing Study Strategies in the First-Year Experience

Summary: This presentation will examine ways to infuse study strategies into First-Year Experience courses and programming through mini lessons using metacognitive and brain-based approaches to learning.

Presenter(s): Melanie Gnaizda-Gilson, Broward College
Lisa Elsinger, Broward College

Minding Our Minds - Supporting Mental Health at Broward College

Summary: Broward College’s mental health task force addresses challenges faced by students living with persistent adversity. This session shares strategies and activities to help students focus and deal effectively with stressors.

Presenter(s): Dr. Sheri Goldstein, Broward College
Kim Copeland, Palm Beach State College
Jeannie Hoban, LCSW, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, College of Law

Pandemic Pandemonium: Applying Lessons Learned to the Future of Higher Ed

Summary: Multi-Institutional look at how South Florida Institutions reacted to the pandemic and how the future is evolving. Topics include student and staff response, mental health and best practices.

Presenter(s): Dr. Sheri Goldstein, Broward College
Marc Webb, Broward College

Credit-By-Exam: Benefits and Opportunities for Recruitment and Retention

Summary: Credit-by-Exam offers students an opportunity to accelerate completion, earn credit for prior learning and take additional courses while in school.

Presenter(s): Beverlyn Grace-Odeleye, Ph.D, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Santiago, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Academic Awareness Equals Student Success

Summary: This presentation will describe a new programmatic approach and discuss possible outcomes of the REACH Program for students on probation. Peer Educators (successful students) engage new students in skills building.

Presenter(s): Brittany Greenberg, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Caitlin Giannetti, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Jordan Thompson, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Reach for the STARS: Creating a Retention-Based Academic Program for Students on Academic Probation

Summary: This interactive presentation will showcase the strong success rate and development of a semester-long comprehensive academic framework for probationary and at-risk students.

Presenter(s): T. Christa Guilbaud, UNC at Charlotte
Patrick Guilbaud, Winthrop University

Teaching, Training, and Upskilling for Excellence: A Knowledge Development Framework to Facilitate the Acquisition and Mastery of 21st Century Skills by Black Adult Female Learners

Summary: Adult learners and most specifically Black females are currently facing an uncertain and unsettled employment landscape. Teaching, Training, and Upskilling for Excellence (TTUE) offers a pedagogically grounded approach to help these underserved and under-supported adult learners gain the competencies and capabilities needed for today’s Global Knowledge Economy.

Presenter(s): Danielle Hammer, Southern Oregon University
Deborah Brown, Southern Oregon University

The Bridge Program at SOU: Student Support in Action

Summary: The Bridge Program at SOU recruits and supports at-risk students through their university careers. This presentation details the program and data collected over the six-year history of the program.

Presenter(s): Carole Hargrett, Broward College

A TRiO and Faculty Partnership: Student Success through Collaboration

Summary: Working with TRiO programs is enlightening, encouraging and inspiring. Providing workshops and training to help TRIO students succeed in college, the workplace and beyond!

Presenter(s): Gastrid Harrigan, Broward College

Assessment Reimagined: Innovative Approaches to Engage & Assess Students (During & Post COVID)

Summary: This session will share strategies and methods to reimagine assessments. Participants will be exposed to ways to scale up, make positive shifts, and improve their craft in the area of digital assessments.

Presenter(s): heather herrera herrera, University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Rachelle Martinez, University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Fostering Empowerment & Belonging in the Transition to Graduate School

Summary: Features details of a graduate bridge program addressing transitioning issues of first-gen, BIPOC, low-income students and/or other marginalized identities and facilitates ideation of customized transitional programs for participants.

Presenter(s): Mark Hudson, Va. Department of Juvenile Justice

Flipping Ownership: Culturally Responsive Practices to Build Independent learners

Summary: Participants will gain an understanding of culturally responsive practices that promote cognitive scaffolding and lead to college, career and life ready students

Presenter(s): Julie Jackson-Coe, Genesee Community College

Metacognition as a swim stroke (for the drowning student)

Summary: Students have a remarkable ability to live up to expectations we set for them, and I have found that by incorporating metacognition as a strategy into my college level reading classes, my class has a lasting impact on students who sometimes don't know what being a successful student feels like.

Presenter(s): Karen Johnson, Shippensburg University
Rebecca Harris, Shippensburg University

Preparing First-Year Students for Academic Literacies Through a General Education Course

Summary: Presenters will discuss how a new general education course for academic literacies was developed to replace developmental reading. The syllabus and assessment results of learning outcomes will also be shared.

Presenter(s): Deborah Kellner, University of Cincinnati

Readiness and Success

Summary: College places incredible demands on students to be mature at balancing self and academics. This presentation promotes ways to teach the cognitive and affective skills needed to help the underprepared and the underperforming.

Presenter(s): Mari Kermit-Canfield, FLITE Library at Ferris State University
Stacy Anderson, FLITE Library at Ferris State University

Search&Destroy: Play today for a new way to eliminate research boredom

Summary: Come play and learn about Search&Destroy! This multi-player card game teaches students to use library databases with search skills while competing to be the last player standing!!

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

An Engaging Presentation (Face-to-Face or Virtually): Helping Our Students Succeed in the Art of Public Speaking

Summary: This session focuses on promoting student confidence and success in public speaking---in the classroom or online. Encouraging students to develop the skills necessary to create and present thoughtful and engaging speeches is beneficial to them in classes and well beyond.

Presenter(s): Brandon Kingman, The University of Cincinnati

Caring and Concerned Partnerships: Creating a Mentorship Program Using Non-Certificated Staff

Summary: A review of the development and implementation of a unique mentorship program emphasizing the partnership created between 12th grade students and non-certificated staff within an urban high school community.

Presenter(s): Kirsten Kortz, NECC - Quarrybrook
Michelle Sunday , Northern Essex Community College
Stephanie Wares, Northern Essex Community College

Buckets of Progress: Rewriting NECC’s Academic Standards and Progress Policy to Support Success

Summary: NECC’s Academic Standing rewrote our Academic Standing policy to provide increased support and honor our institutional commitment to closing equity gaps in student outcomes.

Presenter(s): Sara Beth Kramlich, University of West Georgia
Caleb Frederick, University of West Georgia
Troy Meury, University of West Georgia

Welcome to our CASA: An Ambassador Program Promoting Student Success

Summary: A CASA is a Center for Academic Success Ambassador. This session will focus on a new peer leadership role within academic support. Students offering support (tutoring, coaching, and SI) are also acting as spokespeople and ambassadors for student success.

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

Faculty-Student Partnership: An Updated Apprenticeship Model

Summary: The benefits of applying an apprenticeship model to tutor training in learning centers are numerous. This presentation discusses what has been practiced in one writing center and highlights the mutual learning that could benefit both the experienced (faculty) and the novice (students).

Presenter(s): Naylet Leon, Broward College

Revisiting the Virtual Study Hall: Creating a Faculty-Led Study Hall for First Year Online Students

Summary: This presentation explains the concept of the faculty-led virtual study hall as a co-curricular activity that increases first-year student success in remote and online courses.

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

How to Make Quality Videos with Closed Captioning for FREE

Summary: Bring your lessons online with videos! Learn to easily and effortlessly create quality videos with closed captioning that complies with all ADA requirements and equally serves students that may experience disability or accessibility challenges.

Presenter(s): Jenny Marcus, Truman State University
Andrea Maag, Truman State University
Alexandra Savala, Truman State University
Cat Gleason, Truman State University

Moving in Many Directions at Once--Together

Summary: Truman State University�s Center for Academic Excellence moves from First-Year Advising to Whole-Campus assistance via: a Liberal Studies major, Pre-Health advising, a program for underprepared students, and a team approach with the local community college. Come hear what we�ve been up to (and give us some advice)!

Presenter(s): Alexandra Mason, Broward College, North Campus
Victoria Noorzai, Broward College

More than a Magazine (EAP Writes, A Literary Magazine of English for Academic Purposes Students)

Summary: EAP Writes is a literary magazine with works of English language learners at Broward College's English for Academic Purposes department. Participants will learn how to encourage language learners to publish their writing in a departmental literary magazine. Publishing a literary magazine could be a vehicle for improving students' writing, revising, editing, and proofreading skills; connecting with students and colleagues; professionalizing the students' experience; and building students' confidence by signaling to them that their work is worth sharing and celebrating with others. Participants will be able to identify and promote success strategies of publishing students' work, understand the steps it requires, recognize academic benefits of publishing students' work, and motivate students to publish their work.

Presenter(s): Laura McDermott Matheric, Broward College
Richard Toumey, Broward College
Tuly Badillo, Broward College

Using the Charrette Design Process to Create and Integrate Contextualized Gen Ed Learning Activities with Career-themed Material

Summary: “Why do I have to take all these gen eds when I'd prefer to take classes in my major?” is this generation of college students’ cry. This panel will discuss the charrette design process – a collaborative exercise – how contextualized activities help students see the relevance in content they may not find inherently interesting, and share information collected from its use.

Presenter(s): Donna Nalley, South University

Late Penalties Do Not Assess Student Learning: The Case for Removing Punishment from Grading

Summary: Late penalty deductions often punish adult learners, and these sanctions do nothing in the assessment process to show what the student has learned. Offering flexibility in assignment deadlines can support student learning and course completion.

Presenter(s): Victoria Noorzai, Broward College
Elizaveta Drakunova, Broward College

Folk and Popular Song as a Vehicle to Foster Critical Thinking and Language Learning

Summary: Using music may foster critical thinking and interest in cultures and languages. This presentation shares easy-to-apply techniques that can be used in general education and language courses.

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

"When Do You Say 'You Shouldn’t Be In College?'"

Summary: This panel will examine the history of who goes to college, the wisdom of “college for all,” and how to talk to struggling students about their suitability for college work.

Presenter(s): Angel Rodriguez, Broward College

Engaging student in the learning process with “gaming” activities

Summary: SoftChalk is an authoring tool to create interactive activities. Faculty will create activities that will engage and assess students’ learning. This hand-on presentation will showcase activities used for different courses.

Presenter(s): Jesse Ross, Mr. Jesse Ross LLC

Courageous Conversations around Race in the Classroom

Summary: In this conversation, we will discuss ways to increase your awareness and recognize that no culture is better than another. We will share ways to openly share frustrations but move from judgement and resistance to growth and development.

Presenter(s): Jennifer Roth-Burnette, The University of Alabama
Brian Gorman, The University of Alabama

You Made It, Now What? Preparing Students for Success

Summary: To serve first-year students entering the university with poor academic performance markers, we developed a textbook, curriculum, and faculty training to best support these students in a successful transition to college study.

Presenter(s): Sherrie Sacharow , Broward College
Andrew Dutka, Broward College
Elena Lazovskaia-Hall, Broward College

Information literacy for multilingual learners

Summary: A collaboration between English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students and Archives & Special Collections may seem like an odd combination; however, this presentation will shine a light on this unique and successful partnership which enables students to utilize unique resources and gain real-life research and presentation skills.

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

Research and Graduate Study: SHSU's Doctoral Program in Developmental Education Administration

Summary: 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 will be offered. Participants will be allowed time for discussion and questions.

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

Making the World a Bigger Place through Nonfiction

Summary: This session will highlight 4 nonfiction books appropriate for underprepared college students in search of success, and it will highlight my Reading Guide designed to help students navigate nonfiction and adversity.

Presenter(s): Dawn Stahura, Broward College

Our Stories Matter: Making Space for Marginalized Voice through Zines

Summary: In this 75-minute hands-on presentation, participants will learn what zines are, a brief history of zines, and how their use inside the classroom fosters not only critical creativity but critical thinking.

Presenter(s): Lynn Turner, Florida A&M University
Angela Blount, Florida A&M University
Kenya Floyd, Florida A&M University

Reset for Success: First Year Student Academic Recovery

Summary: This presentation will provide an overview of an institution's holistic strategy to help first-semester students recover academically. The initiative includes the implementation of academic policies, Academic Excellence Program and collaboration among academic support units.

Presenter(s): Martha Villegas Miranda, Broward College

Stories and Strategies in Working with Undocumented Students

Summary: Conference Participants will: * Gain an awareness of who are undocumented students. * Learn how to apply the appreciative advising framework to foster educational equity to meet the needs of undocumented students. • Connect educators to increase our network of collaboration and support for undocumented students in Florida and share resources to support undocumented students and their families. * Information presented is for someone who is new or beginning to understand who are undocumented students.

Presenter(s): Denise Wilkinson, Virginia Wesleyan University

Engaging Students in a Socially Distanced Platform

Summary: The presenter will share activities using several applications that can be incorporated into a socially distanced classroom (as well as, a remote) setting that address student engagement, create community, reinforce course material, and collect feedback.

Presenter(s): Rozalia Williams, College Student Development Center, Inc.

Counseling College- and Corporate-Bound Students: An Innovative Approach

Summary: This presentation describes a holistic conceptual framework for counseling and teaching high school students how to answer seven major questions (A7MQ) that enable them to transition from adolescents to adults in a college or corporate environment.

Presenter(s): Lori Witkowich, College of Central Florida

Mindful Moments

Summary: Mindful Moments explores how meditation can be used to help students succeed. You will be introduced to some meditation techniques and have time to take a mindful moment for yourself.

Presenter(s): Michelle Wylie, E.d.D,MPA/HSA, Chamberlain University

Experiences in an Online Learning Community

Summary: Master of public health online programs have been experiencing issues with retention and problems related to inconsistent implementation of online learning communities. This basic qualitative study aimed to understand the efficacy of online programs and the perceived impact of the implantation of online learning communities. Although the study was conducted on Master of Public Health Students the theories and concepts relate to students in any level of or study in an online program.