The 2024 CRLA Election voting period opens Friday, March 8, 2024 and closes on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:59pm EST. All current CRLA members will receive an electronic ballot via email. Please review the following information before voting.

  

Candidates for President-Elect in alphabetical order

Lauren Humphries

Present Position

  • Director, Academic Success Center

  • Bucks County Community College (ITTPC Certified Levels 1-3)

  • Newtown, PA

Education
  • MA, English from Arcadia University (2008)
  • BA, English from Gwynedd Mercy University (2005)

Experience
Lauren Humphries is the Director of the Academic Success Center at Bucks County Community College and has been working in learning assistance since she became an undergraduate tutor in 2002. She has been involved with CRLA since 2009 and has held multiple leadership roles, including Membership Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Secretary, and President of the PA/NJ Chapter, and she has served as the S/R/C Coordinator since 2017. Lauren was also the 2023 recipient of the Robert Griffin Award for Long and Outstanding Service.

CRLA Activities

National

-          Coordinator, States/Regions/Chapters (November 2017 - Present)

-          Proposal Reviewer for 2014-2019 and 2021 Conferences

-          Member of Professional Mentoring Advisory Board and Professional Mentor (Spring 2016-Fall 2017)

-          Presented at eleven Pre-Conference Institutes, Leadership Summits, and concurrent sessions at CRLA Conferences between 2015-2023

PA/NJ CRLA Chapter

-          Conference Planning Committee (2010-2016)

-          Lead Editor of the Chapter’s Newsletter (Fall 2011 – June 2016)

-          Proposal Committee for 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Conferences

-          Chapter Secretary (June 2012 - May 2013)

-          Chapter President-Elect (June 2013 - May 2014)

-          Chapter President (June 2014 - May 2015)

-          Conference Chair for Spring 2015 Conference

-          Chapter Past-President (June 2015-June 2016)

-          Presented at six conferences between 2009 and 2022

Goal Statement

Through my involvement in CRLA, I have learned so much, and I am excited about the directions outlined in the new strategic plan. If elected, I will continue the extraordinary work of current leadership while striving to:

-   Expand professional development and member engagement opportunities at the national and regional levels. Given the funding challenges many face, it is vital that we offer more virtual and local opportunities for engagement.

-   Work with the Professional Development team and regional leaders to re-imagine our S/R/Cs. Many large regions lack leaders, and consequently, they have fewer opportunities for engagement. I hope to reinvigorate regional/national partnerships to boost current and new member engagement.

-   Explore membership growth with Committee and CRLA leaders, addressing entry barriers and facilitating meaningful connections between potential members and leaders, while building engagement and community.

-   Continue expanding the Advocacy arm of the organization to address the ever-changing landscape of higher education. I’d create routine open forums with leadership to provide consistent opportunities for members to voice concerns, best practices, innovations, etc. My hope is to allow leadership the opportunity to create the most comprehensive advocacy tools in the timeliest fashion.

 

Jodi P. Lampi

Biography

Jodi P. Lampi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education at Northern Illinois University.  During her time at Northern Illinois University, she has previously served as Director of the university’s developmental reading and learning program, the Academic Literacy and Learning Program, for 5.5 years. Simultaneous to her role as director, she coordinated the Certificate of Graduate Study of Postsecondary Developmental Literacy and Language Instruction.  

Jodi earned a doctorate in developmental education literacy from Texas State University, being the first person in the nation to hold a PhD in the field, as well as earned a M.A. in English from Northern Michigan University.  She has taught at community colleges, global campuses, and universities, teaching first-year courses in developmental reading, basic writing, college composition, and research writing, as well as learning strategies.  In her current university role, she continues to teach and research on topics related to developmental literacy and learning strategies, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

        
Jodi has always been committed to the mission and values of the College Reading and Learning Association, and as such, has served in a variety of leadership roles.  At CRLA, Jodi served as the Research and Evaluation SIG leader (and then co-leader) from 2014 to 2019, followed by serving in her current national role as CRLA’s Publications Director, a Board Member position, since 2019. Additionally, she has served on JCRL’s editorial review board since 2016. 


Goal Statement
Becoming the president-elect of CRLA is a significant responsibility, and I propose a few goals to help ensure a successful and impactful term. Our fields of college reading and learning assistance continue to face a shifting landscape influenced by national- and state-level policies, leaving us in positions as professionals desiring support, conversation, and community more so than ever.  As such, I recommend that CRLA continue and increase the efforts to advocate for members, practitioners, and leaders on issues related to supporting the work we do each and every day in order to continue access and opportunities for our students in postsecondary education contexts, and to also provide opportunities for collaboration for our membership.  The proposed goals will aid in this initiative:

Strategic Planning

CRLA’s past presidents and leaders developed and initiated a strategic plan outlining its mission, vision, and long-term goals. I propose that CRLA continue this plan and deepen it by further engaging with members to gather input, update initiatives, seek participation, and ensure the plan aligns with the ever-shifting needs of our academic communities. 

Membership Engagement: CRLA’s annual conference is a highlight for many of us each year, and I propose that CRLA develop initiatives to increase membership engagement throughout the calendar year, using platforms such as webinars, online forums, social media, and our new (and forthcoming) interactive website, etc., to foster a sense of networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among members throughout the entire year.

Resource Support: CRLA has served as an association home for both practitioners and researchers across our respective fields, from which practitioners often inquire about resources and researchers seek to collect data to study timely topics across our fields.  I propose that CRLA advocate for resources and support for research initiatives within the association, working to facilitate collaborations, grants, and partnerships to advance the academic, teaching, and research goals of members.If elected, it is my commitment to CRLA that I would lead to serve each of our members, be accessible to members, advocate for members, and finally, promote and celebrate the work our members do in the fields of college reading and learning assistance. 

Candidates for Secretary 

Rachel D. Heiser

Present Position:

Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Support at Bryn Mawr College

Education:

            Doctor of Education in Higher Education, May 2024 (ABD, Expected Graduation Date), Temple University

            Dissertation: Engaging Advising Administrators in Participatory Action Research: Supporting Underrepresented Student Persistence and Success 

         Certificate in Diversity Facilitation and Leadership, August 2021

            Master of Education in Counseling Psychology, Temple University

            Bachelor of Science in Psychology, James Madison University

Experience:

At Bryn Mawr College, and previous positions at Drexel University and Temple University, I have partnered with colleagues to guide initiatives that effectively support student learning and belonging. Through shared leadership, I have coordinated several campus-wide efforts to build and facilitate programs and services, assisting the College in instituting best practices for support and retention.These initiatives are informed by extensive teaching, training, and management experience.  

Relevant Roles beyond Present Position:

Bryn Mawr College      

  • 2014-Present, Adjunct Faculty, Student Success
  • 2018-2020, Director of Academic Support
  • 2011-2018, Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

Drexel University

  • 2009-2011, Assistant Director, Center for Academic Success

CRLA Activities:

Notable Roles: 

2018-2019 PA/NJ CRLA Past President 

2017-2018 PA/NJ CRLA President 

2016-2017 PA/NJ CRLA President Elect

I have been a member of CRLA since 2010 and have been actively engaged in leadership and professional development efforts for over a decade. I was fortunate to be nominated for the position of President after working with previous board leaders to expand virtual engagement and professional development opportunities for our chapter. While serving as President, and through collaboration with committed partners on the board and members of our chapter, we guided the chapter in successfully recruiting, retaining, and training new board members while also growing our professional opportunities and membership and ensuring the financial welfare of the organization. Since this time, myself and other Past Presidents have remained engaged in the recruitment of new board members, presenters, and conference sites. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to present at ten national CRLA conferences and webinars, as well as at yearly PA/NJ CRLA cluster meetings and conferences. I have benefited significantly personally and professionally from my involvement in this incredible organization and through the lifelong friendships that have grown.

Goal Statement:

I am inspired by the work of CRLA to transform the learning success profession and to shape higher education more broadly for over 50 years. I am excited about the opportunity to grow my support for the important work at CRLA through this nomination to serve as Secretary. In this role, I would provide accurate and accessible records and help the board engage in effective communication, organization, and strategic planning, endeavoring to improve upon the existing processes. I would also aspire to utilize my skills in empowering organizations through shared leadership to further the collective efforts of the board to expand access to and innovation in transformative professional development opportunities and resources. Beyond this, I am committed to building on my expansive CRLA network and abilities as a connector to partner in engaging and recruiting diverse future leaders. Utilizing my discussed experience and skills, I would assist the Board in strategic planning and leadership, facilitating impactful professional development, and growing and sustaining relationships to further the learning success field.


Proposed By Laws Amendments

AMENDMENT SET 1: Conference Director as a Position in the Bylaws

  • Purpose/Intention:  To create and define the position of Conference Director and to remove any mention of the duties from the roles of President and President-elect
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2b:

 b. The President-elect shall preside in the absence of the President and shall act as chairperson of the annual conference.

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article IV, Section 3:

3.         Appointed Officers.  The president shall appoint, subject to approval by the Board of Directors:

  • the Certification Director;
  • the Professional Development Director;
  • the Public Relations Director; and
  • the Publications Director; and
  • the Conference Director.

 

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article IV, Section 4:

4.    Duties of the Appointed Officers.

  1. The Certification Director shall oversee both (and any future) certification programs and serves as a liaison between the coordinators of each program and the board.
  2.  The Professional Development Director shall oversee the work of the State/Region/Chapter (S/R/C) and Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinators and the investigation, promotion, and implementation of professional development activities for the members.
  3.   The Public Relations Director shall oversee the communication of the Association with its membership and shall be responsible for the public relations and publicity of the Association.
  4. The Publications Director shall monitor all official publications of the Association and, in collaboration with the Publications Committee, shall study, propose, and implement plans for improving the effectiveness and significance of publications, and shall establish and implement publication and editorial policy and practice as defined by the objectives of the Association.
  5. The Conference Director works with the Board to develop the overall vision for each annual conference and will oversee all aspects of the annual conference including the initial planning leading up to the conference, the day-to-day operations while the conference is in session, and the post-conference wrap-up and reporting.

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article VI, Section 1:

1.     The affairs of the Association shall be managed by the Board of Directors.  The five elected officers shall constitute the Board of Directors. The four five appointed officers shall be advisory members of the Board of Directors, with the right to make and debate motions, but not to vote.

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article VI, Section 7:

7.     A vacancy on the Board of Directors may occur whenever any director ceases to be a member of the Association, ceases to hold the office that qualifies him/her as a director, or is removed from the Board due to consistent non-performance of duty or violation of the Guidelines of Professional Ethics. Any director or officer may be removed from office or from the Board by a majority-of-those-present vote of the Board of Directors attending a regular meeting or a meeting called for that purpose whenever, in the Board’s judgment, the best interest of the Association would be served thereby. Any such director or officer proposed to be removed shall be entitled to no more than fifteen (15) days notice in writing by certified mail of the meeting at which such removal is to be voted upon and shall be entitled to appear before and be heard at such meeting. 

    a. A vacancy in the office of President shall immediately be filled by the President-elect, who may appoint a conference program chair if desired.

    b. A vacancy in the office of President-elect shall be filled by appointment by the President with approval of the Board of Directors.  The appointed President-elect and any appointed conference program chair shall become co-chairs of the Program Committee.  The new President-elect shall assume all other duties of that office.

    c. Vacancies in the offices of Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be filled by appointment by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors.

AMENDMENT SET 2: President Presides over Meetings

  • Purpose/Intention:  To further clarify that the President presides over meetings of general meetings of the Conference
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2a:

2.    Duties of Elected Officers.

    a. The President shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors of the membership of the Association and all general meetings of the annual conference.  In addition, the President shall, with the approval of the Board of Directors:

       * Appoint directors, chairpersons or coordinators of standing and special committees;

       * Call special meetings of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee;

       * Appoint a Secretary, Treasurer, President-elect, and/or Past-President in the event of vacancies;

       * Create and/or dissolve programs, initiatives, and/or task forces as necessary to fulfill the mission of the Association.

AMENDMENT SET 3: Clarifying Board Removal Process

  • Purpose/Intention:  To clarify the language of the board removal process and ro remove the requirement of notification by certified mail,
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article VI, Section 7:

7.     A vacancy on the Board of Directors may occur whenever any director ceases to be a member of the Association, ceases to hold the office that qualifies him/her as a director, or is removed from the Board due to consistent non-performance of duty or violation of the Guidelines of Professional Ethics. Any director or officer may be removed from office or from the Board by a majority-of-those-present vote of the Board of Directors attending a regular meeting or a meeting called for that purpose whenever, in the Board’s judgment, the best interest of the Association would be served thereby. Any such director or officer proposed to be removed shall be entitled to no more than at least fifteen (15) days notice in writing by certified mail of the meeting at which such removal is to be voted upon and shall be entitled to appear before and be heard at such meeting. 

AMENDMENT SET 4: Clarifying Board Position Vacancies

  • Purpose/Intention:  To clarify that Board members appointed to fill vacancies will serve the remainder of the vacant term
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article VI, Section 7c:

   c. Vacancies in the offices of Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be filled by appointment by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors and shall carry out the remainder of the vacated term.

AMENDMENT SET 5: Converting from Ethics Chair to Advocacy Chair

  • Purpose/Intention:  To update the bylaws to reflect the creation of the Advocacy Chair position
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article IX, Section 1:

1.    The President shall appoint an Ethics Committee Advocacy Chair with approval of the Board of Directors

AMENDMENT SET 6: Defining the role of the Past-President on the Elections Committee

  • Purpose/Intention:  To reflect the Past-President’s role as Election’s Chair
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article X, Section 1:

1.    The Past-President shall serve as the chairperson of the Election Committee.  This appointment will begin immediately following the election during their term as President-elect and will terminate with the election immediately following the end of their term.  At least six months prior to the beginning of election balloting, the President shall appoint a chairperson of the Election Committee for the next nomination and election cycle. The chairperson must be a Past-President who has served as an Election Committee member.  Tthe chairperson shall recommend for approval by the President such appointments as needed to complete the Committee membership.

AMENDMENT SET 7: Electronic Ballot Usage

  • Purpose/Intention:  To update the bylaws to reflect the use of electronic ballots and eliminate the use of electronic ballots. This will also remove the mention of the destruction of ballots after 30 days as electronic ballots will now be utilized.
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

 

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article X, Section 1 f-g:

   f. Voting shall be by mail or electronic ballot, which allows for write-in voting for each position.  All votes posted on or before the date set by the Board of Directors will be included in the final count.  Only votes by members in good standing will be counted.  Electronic ballot results shall be provided to the chair of the Election Committee.

    g. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for election.  In the event of an incomplete election, the balloting for that office should be repeated as many times as necessary to obtain a majority vote for a single candidate (per the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised).

    h. If a Any challenge to the outcome of the election is not must be received by the President in writing within no later than thirty (30) days after the election results have been announced, the ballots shall be destroyed. If a challenge to the outcome of the election is made, the Election Committee will respond to the challenge as directed by the Policy and Procedures Manual.

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article XVII, Section 1:

These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the membership of the Association, or they may be amended by electronic or mail vote at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

AMENDMENT SET 8: Dissolved SRC Fund Disbursement

  • Purpose/Intention:  To clarify where the process of fund disbursement upon dissolution of states, regions, and chapters
  • Effective Date:  Immediately upon approval by membership

 

Proposed amendments to Bylaws, Article XII, Section 8:

8.    A chapter may be dissolved at its request or by the Board of Directors of the Association and shall be dissolved by the Board if it becomes inactive or fails to comply with the provisions of this article for one year.  Any treasury funds must be disbursed in accordance with state, provincial, or territorial law.  If there is no governing law, then funds will be disbursed by the Board of Directors of the Association incorporated into the operating budget of the Association.