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Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Virginia

Near Rock Fish Gap, Afton Mountain, in my beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia


Last updated 4 September 2014


Classes, Fall 2014

Eng 111/ENF3-G02H, M-W 7:50 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
English 111-26H, T-Th 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Eng 109-01H, M-W 11: a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ENF 2-04H, T-Th 8:00 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Archives of past classes

F2F Office Hours in room 916: M-Th 7:30-8 a.m.; M & W 10-11; T & Th 9:40-11:00
In my office, 874: M-Th 12:30-1:30
Email me at
dollier@tncc.edu


Rick's Various Other Jobs, Presentations or Websites

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 2013, 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: "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

VADE The Virginia Association for Developmental Education

F.R.E.E. The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence site

"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

Earth & Sky: Your link for terrestrial and celestial news and views

Library of Congress

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 NPR programs. A little history and background on different literary figures and a poem read by Garrison. It's a great way to start any day.

Landmark College: This college specializes in teaching students with learning difficulties. Lot of resources at their web site.

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: My alma mater

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

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

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