2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The 2015 Annual Conference Call for Proposals is now open. You can submit a proposal through our online conference proposal submission system. Please make sure you read the Call for Proposals for important information before you submit. We are also looking for volunteers to review submissions. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, you can sign up here.
2015 CRLA Election
Candidate for President-Elect: Jack Trammell
Present Position: Director of Disability Support Services, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Service Learning Fellow at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.Read More
Education: B.A., Political Science, Grove City College; M. Ed., History Education, Virginia Commonwealth University; Special Education Certificate, Project SOAR, University of Virginia; Ph.D., Education/Research and Evaluation, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Experience: Special Educator and history teacher, Virginia public schools 1992-2001; Director of DSS and co-worker in Higgins Academic Center 2001-2015; Professor in Honors and Sociology 2003-2015; Co-Director and Director of Honors Program 2008-2014; Summer School Director 2007-2012; Service Learning Fellow 2013-2015.
CRLA Activities: Member since 2001; frequent presenter at many CRLA conferences; published author in JCRL; editorial review board for JCRL; CRLA representative to CLADIA for political action; political activism consultant. Goal Statement: Leadership is the key ingredient to success in any organization. While competition for scarce resources will always present the most immediate concerns in day to day operations, the long term viability of an organization or initiative rests largely in the decisions that are made through measured and steady leadership. My experience in running for Congress in 2014 (Eric Cantor’s old seat) provided a unique learning opportunity that enhanced many of my life-long goals, bringing them into clearer focus, and highlighting even more so the need for committed people in higher education who will provide quality leadership. My goals in 2015 remain focused on key ideas that CRLA has long embraced as an organization: the need to make education accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of students’ backgrounds or perceived abilities; the need to promote and improve all forms of academic assistance (including disability support, or developmental education, as examples); the need to share resources and promote data-driven decision making in the profession; the need to support each other as individuals professionally and personally in the very difficult work that we do. These are lofty goals, to be sure, and they do require resources. But they are goals that we have already achieved to a remarkable degree, and that also reveal the scope of the work that is yet to be done. Therefore, they should be goals we constantly recommit ourselves to reach in new and more effective ways, year in and semester out. I see tremendous potential in our organization, in the young people entering our profession, and in the student successes that we love to share with each other. I also see a need for committed leadership to continue to strive for our core values that can influence the path of higher education for many years to come. I am glad we are on that journey together. Thank you.
Candidate for Secretary: Kathy Stein
Present Position: Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, Sul Ross State University Education: Ed.D., University of Texas at El Paso; M.A. in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, University of Texas at El Paso; B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education, University of Texas at El Paso; A.A. in English, Texas Southmost CollegeRead More
Experience: My career in education has been quite a hodgepodge of opportunities. I currently direct the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at Sul Ross State University. ACE oversees the developmental education program, the honors program, and the tutoring center. Before coming to Sul Ross State University, I served as the Director of the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I also directed the Developmental English Program at UTEP for two years before I moved to the TLC.
CRLA Activities: CRLA Secretary (2013-Present); Conference Exhibits Coordinator (2009-Present); Karen G. Smith Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service (2012); CRLA Professional Development Graduate Study and Research Scholarship winner, 2010; TxCRLA, Membership Chair (2001-2006 and 2009-Present), President-Elect, President, and Past President. I have also presented at CRLA numerous times and have served as a conference program proposal evaluator for a number of different conferences.
Goal Statement: Over the past two years, I have learned much about the role of CRLA secretary. In going forward, I commit to using the skills that I have acquired to continue providing accurate and timely minutes of board meetings. Being the memory keeper for an organization is a challenge. It requires me to practice good listening skills, to employ time management strategies, and to be both correct, succinct, and tactful in documenting the work of the CRLA Board. I believe that the work of CRLA and the support it provides the membership is important to the overall well-being of post-secondary education. We do important work each day as we walk into classrooms and learning centers. As secretary, I promise to do all that the office allows to continue the CRLA Board’s support of our membership and your work in the field.
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