Setting Expectations and Creating a Sense of Belonging

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
10:05 AM - 11:20 AM


This workshop is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in as a guest at This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The webinar starts at 10:05 a.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 10:10 a.m. 


Late arrival and/or early exit from the workshop invalidates receiving credit. 


Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993). As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.


This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.


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Alisa Liggett
Executive Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
Chair CARE Team
Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity  

Alisa Liggett is the executive director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and Chair of the CARE Team at UofSC. In her 20-year career in student affairs, she has been active in the development of classroom management techniques including methods for preventing misconduct and breaches of academic integrity. As an instructor of both University 101 and group exercise, she enjoys sharing techniques to engage any range of student participants!

Jessie Townsend
Coordinator for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Jessie Townsend is the Coordinator for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity in the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at the University of South Carolina. Townsend is currently in his first year in this role at UofSC and earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from The Citadel. As a coordinator, he works closely with faculty members to develop proactive academic integrity strategies, facilitates academic integrity presentations to both students, faculty and staff, and adjudicates academic misconduct cases.