Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)

CASP 2016
College Academic Support Programs
35th Annual Texas CASP Conference

October 16 - 18, 2016
Holiday Inn, Downtown Marina
Corpus Chriti, Texas

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Conference Room Rates: $110.00
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Conference Registration Rates: $260.00
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Dr. Lee Ann Nutt

Dr. Lee Ann Nutt

Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, President at Lone Star College-Tomball, has almost twenty years of community college leadership experience. Prior to assuming the presidency in February 2015, Dr. Nutt served as the Vice President of Instruction (VPI).

Prior to coming to the VPI position at LSC–Tomball in June 2011, she served in various roles at North Central Texas College for over 12 years, including Dean of Continuing Education, Provost, and Vice President of Instruction. Dr. Nutt’s first experience in community colleges began at South Plains College—Lubbock, where she served as the Assistant to the Dean of Instruction. She also served as the Manager of Instructional Television at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining NCTC, Dr. Nutt was employed by the New Mexico Health Care Association as Director of Education and Public Relations.

In addition to holding various community college administrative positions, Dr. Nutt has teaching experience at the university level. She taught research methods, writing and research, and statistics for the Psychology Department of Lubbock Christian University. She taught a college success course at Texas Tech University. She was recently appointed as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University to teach Quantitative Research.

Dr. Nutt is very active in professional and civic organizations, having served as a member of almost 20 boards and committees over the years. She was recently appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on Leadership and Professional Development. She is also a member of the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the local Tomball Rotary club. Dr. Nutt also served as Chair of the Denton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2005 - 2006. She chaired the Emerging Workforce Committee for the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board for almost four years. She was a member of the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board for more than five years. Dr. Nutt is a Leadership Denton and a Leadership Gainesville graduate. In November 2003, she was appointed by US Congressman Michael Burgess to his Service Academy Nomination Advisory Board, on which she served for several years.

Born in Borger, Texas and raised in the Texas Panhandle, Dr. Nutt graduated from Amarillo High School in 1985. A Texas Tech Red Raider, Lee Ann earned three degrees from the Lubbock, Texas-based institution. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Management (B.B.A.) in 1989; a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Administration in 1992; and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration in 1996. Her doctoral research focused on career satisfaction of female presidents of higher education institutions in the United States. She is also the proud wife of Jim Nutt and mother of Michael (12) and Rachel (9).

Dr. Juan Carlos Huerta

Dr. Juan Carlos Huerta

Dr. Juan Carlos Huerta is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He joined the faculty in 1995 and was appointed Co-Director of the University Core Curriculum Programs in 2003, and Director in 2010. Huerta's degrees are in political science with the B.A. from Texas A&M University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Dr. Huerta has led Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's nationally recognized First Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) and is actively engaged with learning community development and first year student success. In addition, he has been working at promoting inclusive excellence in higher education.

Dr. Huerta is active in promoting teaching and learning in political science and served as Chair of the Political Science Education Organized Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from 2009-2011. In addition, he served on the program committee for the APSA Conference on Teaching and Learning (2006-2008) and on the 2005 APSA Program Committee for the Annual Meeting.

His leadership in the APSA also includes serving on the Council (2013-2014 and Political Science in the 21st Century APSA Presidential Task Force (2009-2011). In addition, Huerta is active in the Southwestern Political Science Association, serving as President (2014-15).

Huerta’s political science research examines political representation and includes publications in Social Science Quarterly and the Journal of Political Science Education. He is a co-author of the textbook Practicing Texas Politics, 2017-18 edition. He has several publications in the area of learning communities including "Do Learning Communities Make a Difference?" (PS: Political Science and Politics, 2004), "How Do Learning Communities Affect First-Year Latino Students?" (Journal of Learning Communities Research, 2008), and "Classroom Assessment of Learning Communities for Political Scientists" (in Assessment in Political Science, 2009.)

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