2017 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

The ten faculty members for the 2017 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success are nationally recognized scholars and practitioners with expertise across a wide array of subjects.  Each team is assigned a faculty liaison and is clustered with other teams working with the same liaison. Check-in and reflection sessions also occur during the Institute. In addition to attending Institute sessions, teams schedule consulting appointments with an array of Institute faculty. 

Michele Cuomo, Montgomery County Community CollegeMichele CuomoMontgomery County Community College

Michele Cuomo serves as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Montgomery County Community College where she is a member of the Student Success Initiative team. Previously she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, leading the Freshman Academies and its High Impact Practices. Previous positions included of Head of Acting at The University of Mississippi and Interim Head of Acting at the University of Georgia, where she was also a member of the  Graduate Faculty. Michele holds an MFA in Acting and is pursuing an Educational Doctorate at Benedictine University.

Areas of Expertise: project-based learning; first-year experience; innovative pedagogy through technology; guided pathways; curriculum development; community college student engagement and success

Timothy K. Eatman, Syracuse UniversityTimothy K. EatmanSyracuse University

Tim Eatman serves as a member of the higher education faculty in the School of Education and faculty co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) at Syracuse University. He is co-author of Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal research report on faculty rewards for engaged scholarship. His passion for  research that  explores transformational institutional policy making and culture change is buttressed by a research agenda replete with critical questions about equity issues in higher education. Most recently Eatman was appointed to the national advisory panel for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Engagement Classification administered by NERCHE.  Tim sits on the editorial board of The New Public Scholarship book series (University of Michigan Press), Diversity and Democracy (AAC&U), and Urban Education (Sage). He also reviews for several scholarly journals and publications. The recipient of the 2010 Early Career Research Award for the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, Eatman regularly consults with higher education associations and institutions for collaborative research, keynotes, and workshops. With co-editors Cory Dolgon and Tania Mitchell he is working on a volume under contract with Cambridge University Press on serve learning and community engagement which is scheduled to be complete in 2016. 

Areas of Expertise: educational equity; publicly engaged scholarship; faculty rewards; institutional planning, leadership and transformation; P-16; diversity; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) success

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Rebecca Dolinsky Graham, AAC&U

Dr. Graham is the Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS) at AAC&U. Prior to joining DESS, Graham worked as a Program Manager and Research Analyst in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U. Graham is a mixed-methods researcher and published author, with over ten years of experience in both higher education and nonprofits. Graham facilitates workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion for campus practitioners, and has taught courses on gender and sexuality in the community college and private college sectors. She conducts original research on LGBTQ student success, as well as the relationship between early campus crime policy and campus sexual assault. She has also written on contingent faculty issues and sustainable campus change efforts. Graham received her B.A. in Sociology from Kent State University, her M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Areas of Expertise: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Intersectionality; LGBTQ Student Success; Faculty Development; Assessment; Faculty Contingency; Institutional Change

David Hubert, Salt Lake Community CollegeDavid HubertSalt Lake Community College

Dr. David Hubert is Interim Assistant Provost for Learning Advancement at Salt Lake Community College. He led the development and implementation of SLCC's ePortfolio requirement in its general education program. Professor Hubert has developed one hybrid and three online political science courses. He has served as the director of SLCC's Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, led four study abroad trips to London, taught two learning communities, and led SLCC's Giving Community College Students a Roadmap initiative. His current work centers on how best to use student ePortfolios for general education assessment.

Areas of Expertise: ePortfolio implementation and pedagogy; general education; assessment with VALUE and other rubrics; faculty development; effective teaching practices; study abroad; learning communities; reflective pedagogy

mcnair.pngTia McNairAAC&U

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.  She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences.  McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success.  McNair serves at the project director for AAC&U’s “Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,”  and a newly funded LEAP project “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success.” She is a co-PI on another project “Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning.” McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. 

Areas of Expertise: underserved student success, engagement, and inclusion; assessing high-impact practices and intentionality; inquiry-based analysis; cross-divisional collaboration; equity-minded data analysis and decision making; institutional planning; project development and implementation

Thomas F. Nelson Laird, Indiana UniversityThomas F. Nelson LairdIndiana University

Tom Nelson Laird is an associate professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program and directs the Center for Postsecondary Research within the Indiana University School of Education. Since 2003, he has worked on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its related surveys. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) and studies teaching and learning issues using data from both NSSE and FSSE. Tom's research and courses focus on effective teaching practices, connections between diversity and learning, deep approaches to learning, assessing differences in collegiate environments, and curricular issues.

Areas of Expertise: effective teaching practices; student experiences with diversity; the National Survey of Student Engagement; deep approaches to learning; incorporating diversity into student experiences across the curriculum

Deanna Leone, California State University, Fullerton

Areas of Expertise: Undergraduate student leadership development; facilitation and training (specifically in the areas of diversity and inclusion, communication styles, problem solving, conflict management, and mediation); cocurricular high-impact practices; cross-divisional collaborations; undergraduate student success and retention initiatives


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Lynn Pasquerella, AAC&U

Areas of Expertis: Advocacy for liberal education, access to excellence in higher education, civic engagement, strategic planning, assessment and accreditation


Judith Ramaley, AAC&UJudith Ramaley, AAC&U

Dr. Judith A. Ramaley (pronounced Rah may' lee) is president emerita and distinguished professor of public service at Portland State University in the College of Urban and Public Affairs, and president emerita of Winona State University in Minnesota. She served as president of Winona State University (WSU) from 2005 to May 2012. Prior to joining WSU, she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. She also served as a visiting senior scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in 2004. From 2001-2004, she was assistant director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate at The National Science Foundation. Dr. Ramaley was president of The University of Vermont and professor of biology from 1997 to 2001. She was president and professor of biology at Portland State University from 1990-1997.

Areas of Expertise:  Higher education reform; curricular reform; the changing nature of work and the workforce; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; civic responsibility and the role of higher education in promoting good citizenship and community development; leadership of change; grant-making and fundraising

George Sanchez, University of Southern CaliforniaGeorge SanchezUniversity of Southern California

George J. Sanchez is professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC, where he also serves as vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives. His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. He was president of the American Studies Association from 2001-2002, and he currently serves as director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy at USC, which focuses on issues of racial and ethnic diversity in higher education, as well as on issues of civic engagement. 

Areas of Expertise:  Faculty recruitment and retention; undergraduate research; diversity in the context of disciplines; Ph.D. mentorship and diversity; first generation college students; civic engagement