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Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Virginia

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Prof. Dollieslager and good friend The TNCC Gator celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series championship in November 2016.


Last updated 16 January 2017


Office Hours: 9:00-11:00 M & W (4 hours); T & Th 9:00-9:30 (1 hour); and 12:45-2:00 M-Th (5 hours)
On-line office hour: TBA

ENF 1: M, T, W & Th 11:00-12:40
and ENF 2, T & Th 11:00-12:40

Eng. 111-03W, M & W 2:00-3:15
Eng. 111-21W, T & Th, 9:30-10:45
Eng. 112-22W, T & Th, 2:00-3:15
Archives of past classes

I participate in the TNCC "Onboard" initiative for student success in Engish 111.


Rick's Various Other Jobs, Presentations or Websites

Teach Students to be Responsible: "Integrate Student Success 'Hard Skills' and 'Soft Skills' into Your Courses"

VCCS Developmental Education/VADE Peer Group Conference, 13 Nov. 2015: "Fun with Words: On-line Games, Puzzles and Other Websites to Build Vocabulary for College Reading and English Fundamentals"

VCCS Developmental Education/VADE Peer Group Conference, 14 Nov. 2015: "Using Case Studies to Improve Critical Reading and Student Responsibility"

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VCCS English Peer Group Conference, 6 Nov. 2014: "Contextualized OER Lesson Plans for Composition and English Fundamentals"
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Thomas Nelson Faculty Colloquium, January 7, 2014

I. "Don't Flip Out: Flip the Classroom." Some Flippin' Good Ideas (or Some Good Flippin' Ideas)

II. "Do It for Free Using SLOs and OERs." Using Student Learning Outcomes and (free!) Open Education Resources to create lesson plans:

  1. Multitasking and Time Management, a lesson plan for a researched essay using VCCS ENF Student Learning Outcomes. (The multitasking essay lesson page without SLOs and assessments displayed.)
  2. Communicating as a Professional lesson plan.

III. "Is Yours a Brain-Friendly Classroom? Here's How to Make it into One."

  1. " Use Brain Development Research to Teach Students How They Learn Naturally"
  2. "The Natural Human Learning Process: An Overview of Major Points about Learning"

Houston Community College, November 2013: "Building Lesson Plans for Integrated Reading/Writing, A Sample Researched Essay on Communicating as a Professional."

"Reach for the Sky" Fall Refresher Conference, Phoenix, November 2013: "Integrating Reading and Writing with Student Success Skills: Multitasking and Time Management, a Researched Essay Project." Resources:

Webinar, 12 September 2013: "Active Strategies and Activities for Achieving the Texas Integrated Reading and Writing Student Learning Outcomes 4, 5, & 6" (Power Point)

El Paso, Texas, April 2013, Conference Presentation: "Connecting Reading and Writing: Building Lesson Plans Using the Texas IRW Student Learning Outcomes"
Power Point for the presentation

Similarities in the Reading and Writing Processes: They're Not that Different

Webinar Presentation, February, 2013: "Teach Students to be Responsible: Integrate Student Success 'Hard Skills' and 'Soft Skills' into Your Courses"

Asheville, N.C., November 2012, Cengage composition conference, "Remember to Write" presentation: "Use Brain Development Research to Teach Students How They Learn Naturally"

Arkansas State University, May, 2012:

Nashville Automotive Deisel College Presentation, November 2011: "Engaging Students through Enhanced Lectures, the VARK Learning Modes, and Cooperative Learning"

"What Reading Teachers Ought to Know about Writing," Presentation, October 2011, February 2012, May 2012

Tidewater RCTE Developmental Writing Teaching Certificate program

Rick's New Horizons 2009 presentation: “Use Brain Development Research to Teach Students How They Learn Naturally,” based on Rita Smilkstein's research and publications.

Rick's NADE presentation about English 109 and the COLs, NADE 2009, Greensboro, NC

Throw them a Lifeline: The master learner component in Communities of Learning, presented at CRLA 2009, Richmond, VA

Chair, VCCS Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

TNCC and Tidewater RCTE sponsored Spring 2007 Adjuncts Academy

TNCC English Department E-Cabinet


Links Worth a Look

NADE The National Association for Developmental Education

"The Unknown Soldier" by Luc Sante I think this short essay is the most powerful writing I've ever read.

Interested in some history sites and historical sights? I am.

Today in History

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, educational and fun "must visits" when you're in southeast Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg I hope these folks don't price themselves out of business because one can spend many fun days here.

Nat'l Park Service site for Colonial National Historical Park (Yorktown and Jamestown, with Williamsburg right in between). Lots of links to other historical attractions in the Richmond and Tidewater areas.

The Mariners Museum of Newport News, Va. Might not sound like much, but you might be surprised!

James River Plantations A great visit, and they are just up along Route 5 west, out of Williamsburg, a beautiful drive.

Virginia Air and Space Center. This is more recent history than we find at most Virginia sites, but it's still way fun.

Some other favorite sites and publications

Tracking the Truth

National Public Radio: Tune in and listen online to my favorite radio programs.

Writers Almanac: Hosted by Garrison Keillor, this is one of my favorite radio programs. A little history, some background on different literary figures, and a poem read by Garrison. It's a great way to start any day.

Facets of Religion is a religious resources index and is the WWW Virtual Library's official Religion category.

Hampton Roads.Com, for local news; for reviews of restaurants, movies and other entertainment; for what's happening in the Virginia Tidewater area

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: My alma mater

Drop me a line? Let me know if something breaks down or if you have a suggestion. dollier@tncc.edu

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