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2018 FDEA Conference

October 17-19, 2018

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch

Sarasota, FL

This fall, we’ll come together in the beautiful Sarasota, FL to take ownership of our success and celebrate our students’ success. It's time to reclaim, reframe, and retain.

38th Annual Conference
"Reclaim, Reframe, and Retain:
Taking Ownership of Our Success"



FDEA 2018 Keynote Speaker Larry Johnson.

Dr. Larry D. Johnson

President of Phoenix College, Phoenix Arizona

Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. became the sixth President of Phoenix College (PC), A Maricopa Community College, July 1, 2018. Phoenix College serves approximately 19,000 students annually. The Maricopa Community College District serves—annually—more than 200,000 students and employs 10,000 employees. Johnson has worked in higher education for more than 14 years. He began his career at Tallahassee Community College (2007) where he taught developmental reading and English courses.


Prior to joining PC, Johnson served as the Campus Provost & Chief Academic Officer at St. Louis Community College STLCC-Forest Park campus. As Provost, he was the chief administrative and academic officer of the campus, which provided educational opportunities to approximately 8,000 students. Under his leadership, the Campus experienced enrollment growth, increased in community engagement, and welcomed the inaugural Early College Academy—a partnership with the St. Louis Public School District. 

Johnson is committed to service to higher education and to his local community, as exemplified in has active participation on local and national boards. Most recently, he was appointed to a three-year term on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on College Readiness. He is also the Presidential Representative on the NASPA Student Affairs in Higher Education board. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is a member of the President’s Round Table (PRT) and the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA). He has also served as a board member on the Monsanto Family YMCA, the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, and The Black Repertory Theatre.

While Dr. Johnson’s vocation immerses him into higher education administration, he is an avid writer. Johnson’s most profound accomplishment is his autobiography, Memoirs of a Young Black Scholar: Surviving and Coping with Loss.


My purpose in life is to give a voice to the voiceless, in keeping with the words articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” 

Dr. Larry D. Johnson


Hyatt Place

6021 Exchange Way

Bradenton, Florida 34202, USA

Phone: 941-748-3100 | Fax: 941-748-3101


Take advantage of the discount room rates for FDEA 2018! Book your room reservations online or by phone. The FDEA block room rate is $129+taxes and fees per room/night with complimentary buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Rooms are blocked for October 17-19. Reservations at the conference rate will be accepted until October 19 or until the first 30 rooms are filled.

Travel & Hotel Information


Call For




FDEA 2018 | Nominations

One of the highlights of this conference is the awarding of the FDEA Scholarships, which recognize successful students who are currently in or began their college careers in developmental courses. The purpose of these scholarships is to bring recognition to our students, many who are or go on to become exceptional college graduates. Submit names of deserving students, educators, and administrators for the following FDEA awards:

Criteria & Applications  

Contact the Chair

Elizabeth W. Smith, Awards Chair

Developmental Curriculum Coordinator, VC

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

8000 Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL  34293


Phone: (941) 408-1511

Call For



FDEA 2018 | Submit Proposals

We are currently planning the 38th annual state conference, focusing on best practices. We ask for suggestions of faculty, staff, and administration members to present their best practice(s) at the FDEA State Conference in October. Developmental Education is garnering attention on a national level. Now is the ideal time to put our research and ideas into practice.

The deadline for concurrent session and poster proposals has passed.  Exibitors who purchase a booth may submit a proposal through October 12, 2018.To submit an Exhibitor or Concurrent Session Proposal, please click the link below.  For questions or information about proposals, please contact Tricia Rizza. 

Criteria & Applications  

Contact the Chair

Tricia Rizza, Proposals Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Developmental Communications

Transitional Studies

Tallahassee Community College

444 Appleyard Drive 

Tallahassee, FL  32304


Phone: (850) 201-8217




You're Invited!
The FDEA conference is a great way for your organization to collaborate with professionals that are passionate about developmental education.It is because of your involvement in the field of developmental education, that we would like to invite you to be an exhibitor at the FDEA 2018 Conference. Thank you for your consideration of being an exhibitor at our conference.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Forms

Contact the Chair

David W. DelRossi, Exhibitor Chair 
Associate Dean for Business, Industry, and Technology
Tallahassee Community College

444 Appleyard Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32304


Phone: (850) 201-8255

Fax: 850-201-8545




Call to Conference

The annual conference is designed to enhance the professional capabilities of developmental educators in post-secondary institutions.  Since 1977, FDEA has prepared educators to better serve Florida students through the theory, delivery, and practice of developmental education, and through the design of programs to prepare effective developmental curricula.  This year we are committed to focusing on three goals:  professional development, advocacy, and outreach.




and Sessions

Adjuncts are



The Florida Developmental Education Association (FDEA) recognizes the importance of adjunct instructors and their participation in the community of developmental education. This Adjunct Conference Registration Fee Waiver recognizes the significant contributions of adjunct instructors in Florida's educational system, and honors former FDEA President Ruth Becker, an advocate for adjunct faculty.

Updated October 6, 2018

Meet Our Corporate Sponsors:

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