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ACHE Graduate Students
Retreat and Orientation


Saturday, September 12th, 2009

8.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

at TECO Room, College of Education Building

USF Tampa Campus

8.30 – 9.00 a.m. 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9.00 – 9.30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction of Professors and Staff

Dr. Harold Keller, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

 Dr. Ann Cranston-Gingras, ACHE Acting Chairperson

9.40 – 10.30 a.m.



Choosing the Right Programs – Applicants & Prospective students

Speakers: Dr. Sullins, Dr. Hernandez-Gantes, and Dr. Young



Information on the different programs offered by the ACHE Department, information about potential career opportunities, and other information that would help to determine whether they would apply to enter the programs.


Navigating the system/Policies and Paperwork-Avoiding the Pitfalls in the Dissertation Process

Speakers:  Dr. Diane Briscoe and Lisa Mullen

Room 408A


Committee Appointment, Plan of Study, Qualifying Exam, Proposal, Dissertation…find out about all of the graduate policies and forms required throughout your doctoral studies.  The rules, forms, and timelines will be covered in preparation for your activities and deadlines.



Beyond the Basics: Tools for Dissertation Research

Speaker: Susan Ariew, University Librarian for Education

Room 213

You know the basics—the library catalog, the databases in education and many of the tools for coursework and basic projects, but now you want to go deeper either because you are getting ready for writing your thesis or you want to submit a manuscript for publication. This workshop will cover the tools researchers use to go beyond the basics to do an exhaustive review of the literature. Learn how to follow the bibliographic trail by using alerting tools, super-Googling techniques, World Catalog, cited author references, and online dissertations.  RefWorks and other citation management tools will also be discussed.



Advanced Student Breakout for Post-Qual. Students

Facilitators: Carmeda Stokes and Christy Rhodes

Room 413


Students who have passed their qualifying exams gather for discussion on their own.


10.40–11.30 a.m.



Program Planning for Courses and Experiences – Prospective and New Students

Speakers: Dr. Dellow (for HE Program), Dr. Young (for ADE Program), and Tina Leslie & Stephanie Holmquist (for CTE Program)

Room  413

Information about what is needed for early success in the three programs such as writing expectations, course selection and program planning, work with advisors, etc.



Choosing Your Dissertation Topic, Starting Now – Continuing Students

Speakers: Dr. Blank, Dr. Eison, and Dr. Closson

Room 408A


A session intended for students who have not yet begun to identify a topic area for dissertation research, but should be doing so. Helpful suggestions and strategies for getting started will be shared.


Qualifying Exams-How to study –What you need to know –What to expect

Speakers: Dr. James and Dr. Hernandez-Gantes  with Tom Szumlic

Room 416

Issues to be covered include identifying a program committee, developing a program of courses, preparing for the new Qualifying Exams, and other questions/issues of interest to students.

11.40–12.35 p.m.

Lunch and Informal Roundtables



A lunchtime with a variety of informal roundtable topics.  This is the time for students to mingle with other students with similar interests and with the professors in the ACHE program.

Available Topics:

  • International Connections/Thinking globally and living globally - Dr. Dellow
  • Funding Research – Dr. Hernandez         
  • What the Grad school offers? – Dr. Pollenz
  • Strategies for Networking and Publishing at Adult Education ConferencesDr. Closson
  • Make the most out of a national presentation at a conference – Dr. Blank
  • Getting the most out of teaching, learning, and/or faculty development conferences – Dr. Eison
  • College student affairs as a cognate– Dr. Henry

12.45 – 1.35 p.m.



Student to Job Seeker/Searching & Negotiating a First Academic Position

Speaker: Dr. Keller

Room 408A


Issues to consider in the search for and negotiation of a first academic position.  It’s not just salary–issues beyond salary to consider in negotiations.  Yes, it is acceptable and desirable to negotiate the conditions of a first faculty position.


Successful Writing Strategies – Students Beginning or Writing Proposals & Dissertations

Speaker: Dr. James

Room 413


Suggestions for surviving the dissertation writing process.


Getting Funded:  The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Funding

Speaker: Dr. Cranston-Gingras

Room 416


The practical aspects of grant funding will be emphasized in this session. Suggestions for finding appropriate funding sources and reviewing targeted Requests for Applications (RFA’s) will be provided. Instructions will be given for preparing competitive proposals with tips for appealing to reviewers and avoiding common grant writing pitfalls.

1.45 – 2.45 p.m.


Lead Facilitator: Carmeda Stokes

HE Students: Ruth Slotnick and Ana Torres-Ayala

AE Alumni:  Yvonne Williams, Ph. D.  and Patricia Maher Ph. D.

CTE Students: Stephanie Holmquist and Tina Leslie



In this open session, students may ask any questions to advanced students or past graduates of the program in regards to their experience in the programs. As part of the second portion of this session, students may ask any questions for the ACHE faculty.

2.45– 3.00 p.m.

CLOSING - Dr. Cranston-Gingras



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