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Thursday Concurrent Sessions

4/9/2015, 1:15pm - 2:05pm


Don't Talk About It...Be About It!
Presenter(s): Dr. Crystal Rae Coel, Dr. James Wadley

These business owners and academicians will introduce the DISC behavioral assessment tool, Schutz's Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO) Theory and the use of emotional intelligence (Goleman, 1995) in exploring one’s style when managing conflict in the workplace. Understanding communication and psychological principles that promote excellence and minimize fear, will greatly impact one’s ability to advance as an entrepreneur or an academic administrator. Leaders who know how to motivate teams, manage organizational structures and handle conflict/crisis communications, will impact the growth of a business and the growth of enrollment numbers. The facilitators will remind African American educators and administrators that the coalescing of several factors strengthens members within the Academy. Expecting the best from ourselves is paramount for extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Therefore, we are compelled to first understand our own strengths and weaknesses and then use tools to help us adapt to changes that occur within people, places and things. The aforementioned theories, tools and principles will serve as core points for discussion and reflection. The presenter’s personal experiences within university, government and corporate sectors will also be explored. A forum will be encouraged.


The Residence Hall Myth: African American Experiences Living On-campus
Presenter(s): Aaron J. Hart, Jason L. Meriwether

Research indicates students who live on-campus have more rewarding experiences when compared to their off-campus peers. The purpose of this case study was to gain a better understanding of how racial identity development affects the residence life experiences of first-time, first-year African American freshmen. Findings from this study indicate that participants benefited and experienced a positive connection to the university only due to their proximity to academic and social resources and not from their residence hall environments.


Coaching Techniques for Enhancing the Academic Success of Young Faculty
Presenter(s): Bernard Oliver, Jasmine Ulmer, Frank Conic

The lack of diversity among the professorial ranks continues to be a nagging problem facing institutions of higher education. One of the consistent complaints is the lack of mentoring and coaching strategies that lead to successful tenure and promotion. In this presentation we focus on strategies for coaching young faculty for successful tenure and promotion.


Developing Critical Consciousness and Media Literacy through Curriculum Design
Presenter(s): Dr. Petra A. Robinson, Dr. Kamala Williams

By focusing on the umbrella concept of critical consciousness with special consideration to the social aspects of power and privilege, this interactive presentation identifies Critical Race Theory as a way to frame one’s thinking about designing curriculum to develop critical media literacy skills in higher education students in preparing them for academic and professional success. Critical media literacy is an important aspect of critical consciousness especially considering the major role media plays in informing identity development, imposition, and expression in today’s digital media-saturated society.


Black Faculty and Staff Create Accelerated Consciousness Raising Program
Presenter(s): Regina Turner, PhD, Claudette Lands, Ed.D., Nicole Oglesby, M.A.,

The retention of African American students at PWI (Predominantly White Institutions) has long presented diverse challenges. Believing that identity consciousness could strongly impact students ability to persist, the Black Faculty and Staff Council at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis created an Accelerated Consciousness Raising Program that contributed to students activism and an appropriate institutional response which ultimately raised African American student participation, persistence and graduation rates.


4/9/2015, 2:15pm - 3:05pm

Panel discussion: Mentoring Black Professionals--Models and Methods
Presenter(s): Anthony Greene, Ph.D., Orlando Taylor, Ph.D., Shari Robinson, Ph.D., Tania Lodge, MA, Ciara Dennis, MA, Jennifer Abbott, MA

This panel discussion will consist of four brief presentations, followed by a brief discussion of various models and methods for mentoring Black professionals. The components include: an overview of mentoring program models; data from our survey about what graduate students say is important in a mentor; how Afrocentric Theory is translated into the therapy process in order to be culturally relevant and sensitive; key points on accessibility as a mentor while maintaining quality of work-life; and acquisition of funding for graduate and professional students.


From Corporate to Authorship: On the Path to Academia
Presenter(s): Dr. Kim D. Kirkland

Paths to leadership roles are not dictated by an individual's professional development strategy or an organization's performance management or succession planning strategies. Actually, most organizations have no succession plan, and those that do are viewed to be ineffective at developing talent. In most organizations, when there is a void in leadership, a national search is conducted where they reach outside the walls of the current talent pool. Because organizations are flatter, the traditional internal roadmap to the next job is abstract.


"Pipelines for Success": Guaranteeing Transferable Professional Success for Student Workers
Presenter(s): Chyna Miller

Much research identifies that Learning Support programs such as Tutoring, Academic Coaching, and Supplemental Instruction are beneficial to the students utilizing the services. Can the same be said for the individuals who work in such programs? This session will explore how undergraduate and graduate students who staff Learning Support programs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are consistently learning transferable skills that lead to careers or success in graduate and professional programs.


Advancing Graduate Students: A Conceptual Model for Student Success
Presenter(s): Sarah Riva

Students of African descent are hugely underrepresented at both the undergraduate and graduate level in African and African American Studies programs. Furthermore, students of other ethnicities and nationalities often struggle to receive the respect of students when teaching African and African American Studies courses. The presentation will assess the effectiveness of one conceptual model implemented at the University of Arkansas to enhance graduate student success rates in African and African American Studies programs and ways to ensure validation of their knowledge.


International Study Tour
Presenter(s): Dr. Joseph, Silver


Recruiting Minority High School Students to the Accounting Profession
Presenter(s): Dr. Tanae Wolo-Acolatse

Early intervention in personal and career development for high school students is essential to future societal success. In the accounting field, the number of minority students entering the workforce is declining despite job growth projections of 13% this decade. According to the AICPA's 2013 Trends Report, minorities continue to be underrepresented as accounting employees and partners at CPA firms. Likewise, studies show that minority high school students are choosing other professions instead due to misconceptions about accounting as a career. This presentation will discuss the misconceptions and show how CAREER START, a career enrichment program can assist in bridging the gap by inspiring minority high school students to pursue careers in accounting.


4/9/2015, 3:15pm - 4:05pm

Student Affective Disposition (psychological states) and College Application Completion
Presenter(s): Rhonda Erica Baylor

To increase the number of students going to college, education stakeholders focus on a number of factors that are extrinsic to students. Student affective disposition (psychological states) is an overlooked piece of school reform. This session examines the relationship between affective disposition and college application behavior using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This session will address directional consistency between psychological states and the following: 1) 2-year college application rates, 2) 4-year college application rates, 3) SAT/ACT completion, and 4) FAFSA completion for Black students.


Black Self-Concept: Legitimizing African American Student Narratives on Predominately White Campuses
Presenter(s): Dr. Tonya Driver, Dr. Tammie Preston-Cunningham, Dr. Fred Bonner II

In these challenging times, where including race in higher education practice appears to be ambiguous, opportunities designed to benefit African American students are seemingly on the clock. Considering our questionable and unstable time, giving voice to the African American perspective on college campuses is essential. This sessions will propose the growth of Black self-concept through an academically-focused initiative, as a means of retaining African American students at Predominately White campuses and aiding them in establishing career identities.


"Building Bridges" for Creating Teaching and Research Opportunities for Professionals in Higher Education
Presenter(s): Barbara J. Johnson

Generally, higher education administrators, student and accademic support personnel, policy analysts, and researchers do not have faculty appointments and are uncertain how to conduct and publish research or to gain teaching experience. This session will provide stragtegies for professionals in high education to create bridges for engaging in teaching and research opportunities.


Counter Narratives and Perspective Gathering: Student Success at HBCUs
Presenter(s): Dr. Candace E. Maddox, Dr. Tiffany J. Davis

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have a rich history of promoting success and social mobility, providing access to higher education, and developing leaders within the African American community (Palmer & Gasman, 2008). A University of Georgia research team has been working collaboratively to investigate student success at HBCUs in the Southeast. During this session, research team members will discuss the research project, share preliminary findings, lessons learned, and engage audience members in future directions for research centered on student success at HBCUs.


Understanding Mircroaggressions: Mediating Tenure/Promotion Stress for Black Faculty
Presenter(s): Bernard Oliver, Fatima Almazaam, Jasmine Ulmer, Frank Conic

The academic experiences of African American faculty and staff are continually portrayed as stressful and racist in many ways. Much of this stress has been well documented and for many Black faculty members it is a surprising experience that eats away at their academic and teaching performance. One of the well known responses to this dilemma is helping faculty members understand the impact of these microagressions on their academic and research performance. In this presentation the presenters discuss the impact of microagressions on the academic behavior of faculty with a focus on helping faculty deal with this assault on their performance.


First Still: Life on the Other Side of Graduation
Presenter(s): Erica R. Russell, Ph.D.

The first generation college student persists, graduates, and then what? This session will initiate a dialogue regarding a research agenda that is focused on expanding our understanding and attention to the first generation students’ experience beyond their college matriculation. This agenda seeks to recognize the adjustments that accompany the transition to graduate and professional studies, employment, and new social settings which have implications for interpersonal and family relationships, quality of life, and identity.

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