Growing with Your Sophomores

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Do you teach a large subset of sophomore students? Energy is always focused on the incoming first-year and graduating students, but what about the students who are somewhere in between? Sophomores or 'second-year' students are considered an incredibly unique population and participants in this presentation will explore current and relevant research related to working with these students to learn about the 'sophomore slump'. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss support resources and strategies available that are specific to sophomores at the University of South Carolina.

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in
Integrative and Experiential Learning.


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Alexa Dean
Undergraduate Academic Advisor II
School of the Earth, Ocean, & Environment

Alexa Dean is an Undergraduate Academic Advisor II in the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment (SEOE) with over 2 years of experience with academic advising and higher education. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Marine Science at the University of South Carolina and her Master's degree in Environmental Education at the Florida Institute of Technology. Dean's academic advising philosophy revolves around supporting students with authentic, empathetic investment in their success. She is passionate about experiential learning and emphasizes career planning, goal setting, and personal reflection in her appointments with students. Dean is involved with the Experiential Learning Community of Practice, Professional Development Committee, and has worked extensively with faculty in the SEOE to analyze undergraduate curriculum. She has also recently piloted a peer mentorship program for incoming freshman SEOE students to be paired with upperclassmen.

Kimberly Chamberlain
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Kimberly Chamberlain started her career in higher education with her first position working in residence life at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chamberlain continued working in higher education/residence life at Baylor University in Waco Texas, University of St. Francis in Joliet IL, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, CA, University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS., Columbia College, Columbia, SC. Through out Chamberlain's career in higher education, she has had the opportunity to teach first-year, worldview/world religions, leadership, and online courses. She has lead training retreats, presented at conferences, developed sophomore persistence programs, created and facilitated a student organization to end relationship violence, and developed students using a strength-based model. She is also a proud member of the experiential learning community of practice in the University Advising Center.