2017 CRLA Election: Candidate Information
2017 CRLA Election and Candidate Information Voting period opens March 3, 2017 and closes on March 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Candidate for President-Elect: Page Keller
Present Position: Director, Center for Excellence in Peer Education at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina since 2011.Read More
Education: Master of Education in Educational Administration, University of South Carolina; Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Minor in Secondary Education, Converse College.
Experience: Director, Center for Excellence in Peer Education, College of Charleston, 2011-present; Director, Peer Education and Support Programs (EDLS 100 Learning Strategies, FRSR 101 Freshman Seminar, and the Provisional Program), College of Charleston, 2005-2011; Adjunct Faculty for EDLS 100 Learning Strategies and FRSR 101 Freshman Seminar, College of Charleston, 2002-2005; Assistant Director, Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs, College of Charleston, 1999-2002; Scholarship Coordinator, Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs, College of Charleston, 1998-1999; Admissions Counselor, College of Charleston, 1997-1998.
CRLA Activities: Certifications Director, CRLA Board of Directors, 2013-present; Member, CRLA Professional Ethics Committee, 2016; Chair, CRLA Summer Institute for Mentor and Tutor Trainers, 2016; Plenary Speaker, Southeast CRLA Symposium, 2016; Concurrent Session Presenter, Southeast CRLA Symposium; 2012 & 2016; Concurrent Session Presenter, CRLA Conferences, 2012-present; Pre-Conference Institute Presenter, CRLA Conferences, 2012-2013; International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC) Coordinator, 2011-2013.
Goal Statement: We celebrate a milestone this November - our 50th Annual CRLA Conference. As we reflect on our history, we are reminded that we were founded as a regional organization. From these humble roots we grew into a well-respected and thriving international organization. I believe the success of our organization relies heavily on the success of our S/R/Cs (States/Regions/Chapters). As president of CRLA, I will work closely with the Professional Development Director, as well as the S/R/C Coordinator and Leaders, to increase involvement, diversity, conference/symposium attendance, and leadership at the S/R/C levels. Our effort to learn from one another to best support students is dependent upon introducing more learning assistance and developmental education professionals to our outstanding S/R/Cs. Having spent five years working with our certification programs, I have developed relationships with administrators from certified programs across the country and internationally. I will encourage these professionals to join their S/R/Cs, network with their local and regional colleagues, and share their best practices. If their involvement close to home is fruitful, they will ultimately join and become involved with CRLA at the international level. This will be mutually beneficial for learning assistance and developmental education professionals, their students, their colleges/universities, the S/R/Cs, and CRLA.
Candidate for President-Elect: Victoria Williams
Present Position: Associate Professor of Reading and Study Strategies in the Department of Academic Support at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN since 2011.Read More
Education: B. A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M. A. in English from St. Cloud State University.
Experience: For the 1997-1998 academic year, I taught composition and technical writing at the University of Minnesota, Crookston in Crookston, Minnesota. From 1998-2002, I taught Skills for Academic Success and advised undecided students at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. While there, I also taught composition as an adjunct in the English Department. Since 2002, I have taught Reading and Study Strategies for the Academic Learning Center (ALC) at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In 2007, the ALC became part of a newly created Department of Academic Support, and I was elected Chair of that department and became Director of the Academic Learning Center. I served in both roles until the summer of 2015 when I was appointed Interim Assistant Provost for Student Success for one year.
CRLA Activities: I served as the CRLA Regional Director for Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota from 2010-2015. In our area, the CRLA local region is closely connected to the Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MNADE). The CRLA Regional Director serves as a member of the MNADE Executive Board. I have also been MNADE’s president. In addition, I was the On-site Chair for CRLA’s 2014 Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Goal Statement: I would work to increase the visibility of CRLA, on local, regional, and national levels, as an organization of dedicated professionals who support a diverse population of students using methods backed by research and tempered by compassion. As budgets shrink and student needs increase, it is important that those who support students know that there are resources available to help them in their important work. I would spread awareness of the ways CRLA can be that resource, through its publications, certifications, and professional development. I would like members, and others in the profession, to know that CRLA can be the means for making their voices, as well as the voices of their students, heard on a larger platform. While, as professionals in our fields, we understand the need for data-driven research, we also understand the need to listen to individuals and hear the stories they tell. Student success is a rich and diverse narrative; it is not a number.
2017 50th Anniversary Annual Conference Call for Proposals: Now Open
The 2017 Annual Conference Call for Proposals is now open. The 50th Annual College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference will be held at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 1-4. Download the Call for Proposals here.
New CRLA White Paper
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is pleased to announce the release of our third white paper, which is now available online for free download.
The paper, Meeting the Needs of Linguistically Diverse Students at the College Level, was written by Christa de Kleine of Notre Dame of Maryland University and Rachele Lawton of The Community College of Baltimore County. The paper provides a comprehensive review of the scholarship related to language diversity in postsecondary context, and includes evidence-based practical suggestions for improving institutional support for linguistically diverse college students. The authors note that the paper aims “to increase overall awareness of linguistic diversity so that policies, pedagogy, and support services may be ‘linguistically informed.’” The paper (as well as the CRLA's first two white papers) is available here.