David L. Strickland, Director of Student Success and Associate Professor of Sociology at East Georgia State College will present a paper on Monday, March 17, at 1:00 pm at 25th Annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills (TASS) Conference March 16-19, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. His paper, entitled "Preparing Students for Success in College, a Directive Approach" describes a cost effective, personalized, and directive homegrown course and textbook that is required for all new students at EGSC and is designed to promote a culture of learning and academic success.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to represent EGSC and the Social Sciences Division at this upcoming conference," added Strickland. The TASS Conference is a forum for faculty, staff, student support personnel, administrators and others who help under-prepared students succeed in college and beyond. Strickland has served for over 19 years at EGSC as a professor in Sociology. He was a co-founder of the Student Success Program at EGSC and currently serves as Director of that program. "I am proud to be a part of the effort to change the culture of learning at EGSC and to also be involved with this culture change on a national level. Many schools and colleges across the country are just beginning to implement college success courses and programs and I believe that we have much to offer, given our experience here at EGSC with the Student Success Program" states Strickland. He has been a pioneer in the area of online instruction and served as an author for the e-Core version of Introduction to Sociology which is used by the 34 institutions of the University System of Georgia.
Prior to teaching sociology he conducted grant funded health care research at the Center for Rural Health and Research at Georgia Southern University and published numerous articles and chapters on the sociology of health care.