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Academic Skills Specialists
Dr. Darrin Sorrells
Biography:
Dr. Darrin Sorrells serves as Learning Assistance Specialist in Academic Skills.  In his position, Darrin oversees the learning assistance program and coordinates all aspects of CRLA and NTA certification for the Academic Skills’ tutoring and Supplemental Instruction programs.  He is responsible for recruiting, training, and certifying student tutors as well as instructing GENS courses within the unit. Darrin also serves as an adjunct intructor for the USI Department of Psychology.

From 1997-1999, Darrin taught junior/senior high school classes at Shoals Junior/Senior High School in Shoals, Indiana.  From 1999-2008, Darrin worked at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana, serving in various capacities during his tenure, including Reading Specialist for the TRIO Student Support Services program, a faculty member, and Dean of the School of Business.  During the 2008-2009 academic year, he served as Assistant Dean of Wright State University’s University College in Dayton, Ohio, leading the Student Academic Success Center comprised of Developmental Education, Tutoring Services, the Math Learning Center, and the Writing Center.  Prior to arriving at USI, Darrin also worked in the Indiana University system from 2009-2010, serving as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) in Columbus, Indiana. 

Darrin has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered numerous presentations at regional and national conferences.  He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.  His professional affiliations include memberships in the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK).  Darrin is also a member of the National Tutoring Association (NTA) and currently serves as a member of the NTA Board of Directors. He has also received training from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) to serve as both a consultant/evaluator for the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) and as an annual systems appraiser for the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).  In addition, Darrin has received numerous professional awards and honors during his career, including outstanding teaching recognitions and being selected during 2008-2009 by Phi Delta Kappa International as one of the top “Emerging Leaders” in education in the nation.

Learning Assistance Specialist
ED 1116
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Phone 812-464-1743
Email:Dr. Darrin Sorrells

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am-4:30pm
EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational specialization), Northcentral University
  • M.Ed., Education, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • B.A., English Education, Oakland City University
    • Undergraduate Minor: Social Studies—Psychology Emphasis

 

WORK HISTORY
2010-Present Learning Assistance Specialist, Academic Skills Office, University Division, University of Southern Indiana (USI), Evansville, IN
2009-2010        Director, Columbus Center for Teaching and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), Columbus, IN, a campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN
2008-2009 Assistant Dean, Student Academic Success Center, University College,
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
2007-2008 Associate Professor of Business, Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
2004-2008 Dean, School of Business, Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
2004-2007 Assistant Professor of Business, Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
2004 Interim Dean, School of Business, Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
1999-2004 Reading Specialist/Instructor, United States Department of Education Federal TRIO Student Support Services Program, Oakland City University, Oakland City, IN
1997-1999 Junior/Senior High School Teacher, Shoals Junior/Senior High School, Shoals, IN
TRAINING AND RELATED EXPERIENCES
  Additional Graduate Study
  • Indiana University
  • Wright State University
  Additional Professional Training
  • The International Center for Supplemental Instruction, University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • Northcentral University
    • Spring Arbor University
    • University Of Miami (FL)

MEMBERSHIPS, AFFILIATIONS. AND OTHER OFFICES HELD
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Phi Delta Kappa International
  • College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
  • National Tutoring Association (NTA)
  • Member of NTA Board of Directors
ACTIVITIES
2010 Peer Reviewer, Session Proposals for 2011 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division Seven—Developmental Psychology
2009-Present Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences
2009-2010 Guest Editor, Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Volume 14, Issue 2
2007-Present Editorial Review Board Member, Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences
2006-2009 Member, Professional Contribution National Awards Committee, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
2006-Present Peer Reviewer, Papers/Proposed Sessions Submitted for Presentation at National Conferences, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Selected Publications

Sorrells, D. (2011). Feature Article: Creating successful collaborations and partnerships. National Tutoring Association Summer 2011 Newsletter.

Sorrells, D. (2010). Defining college student successSelected proceedings and highlights from the first regional summit on improving college student success. Columbus, IN: Columbus Center for Teaching and Learning.

McMurray, A. J. & Sorrells, D. (2009). Bridging the gap: Reaching first-generation students in the classroomJournal of Instructional Psychology, 31(3).

Sorrells, D.  (2009).  All aboard the online express…Or get left at the station.  Journal of Online Education.  Available at http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/waoe/sorrellsd.pdf

McMurray, A. J. & Sorrells, D. (2007). Student services and the college classroom: Some ideas for collaboration. College Student Journal, 41(4).

Sorrells, D. (2005). Applying psychology to academic advising. Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, 10(1).

Selected Presentations

Sorrells, D., & Law, B. (2012). Utilizing student athletes as peer educators in first-year seminars and academic support programs. Philadelphia, PA: National Conference on Students in Transition

Sorrells, D., & Law, B. (2012). Implementing strategic planning to provide quality learning assistance. Scottsdale, AZ: National Tutoring Association Annual Conference.

Sorrells, D., & Loge, J. (2011). Winning collaboratively—University of Southern Indiana athletic peer coach program. San Diego, CA: College Reading and Learning Association Annual Conference.

Sorrells, D., & Johnson, B. (2009). The use of peer education to teach financial literacy to college students. Louisville, KY: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education  Annual Conference.

Sorrells, D. (2007). Defining research for small schools. Oakland City, IN:  International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education Region IV Regional Conference at Oakland City University.

Sorrells, D. (2007). Integrating grant writing and administration into the service-learning curriculum.  Roundtable Session. Chicago, IL: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) Annual Meeting.

Sorrells, D. (2003). Training received through the Indiana Essential Skills and Technical Proficiencies Initiative (IESTPI). Poster Presentation. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Psychological Association Annual State Conference.

HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Phi Delta Kappa International Nationally Recognized Emerging Leader in Education
  • Wright State University Teaching Recognition for Outstanding Student Satisfaction in UVC 101: Freshman Seminar I
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Oakland City University Teacher of the Year
  • Indiana Wesleyan University Outstanding Professional Award
  • Innovative Academic Support Inititative Award, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education
ORGANIZATIONS
  • College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
  • National Tutoring Association (NTA)
  • Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • Indiana Academy of Science
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Who’s Who Among  America’s Teachers
  • Oakland City University Teacher of the Year
  • Indiana Wesleyan University Outstanding Professional Award
  • Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader in Education Award
  • Innovative Academic Support Inititative Award, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies, and cheering for the Indianapolis Colts.  I also enjoy attending various athletics events on campus and supporting the Screaming Eagles and Lady Eagles.



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