Dr. Christine Harrington conducts professional development workshops and provides consultation on teaching and learning, first-year seminars, and Guided Pathways. She has authored numerous books and is frequently invited to speak at colleges, universities, and national conferences.  She is known for her dynamic presentation style, her ability to share research in practical ways, and her passion for student success.  Contact Dr. Harrington at drchristineharrington@gmail.com,

Using a Guided Pathways framework, this                7 chapter, research-based first-year seminar textbook helps students choose a career path and develop academic and soft skills needed for success.  In addition to learning skills that have been shown to work, students will also gain confidence and skills in being able to use scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles.  Critical thinking, and information literacy skills are emphasized and integrated throughout the text.


Table of Contents for Student Success in College: Doing What Works!

Introduction: Getting Started.
College Expectations: Getting a Strong Start. Value of the First-Year Seminar Course.
1. Discovering the Value of Education and Sharpening Key Thinking Skills
2. Setting Goals and Choosing a Career Path.
3. Building Academic Skills.
4. Strengthening Soft Skills.
5. Demonstrating Knowledge and Skills.
6. Mapping Your Path to Success: Plans and Action Steps.
7. Staying on Track and Celebrating Success.
Exploring the Research in Depth Appendix..

Christine Harrington Ph.D.

Dr. Christine Harrington is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University.  She co-coordinates a newly established Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program.  Prior to this position, she worked at Middlesex County College for 18 years as a Professor of Psychology and Student Success, the Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, Coordinator of Student Success and a Counselor.  She also served a 2-year term as the Executive Director of the Center for Student Success at the NJ Council of County Colleges.   She is the author of Student Success in College:  Doing What Works! 3rd edition, a research-based text for the first-year seminar course that aligns to Guided Pathways, published by Cengage Learning.  She also co-authored Dynamic Lecturing:  Research-Based Strategies for Evidence-Based Practices, with Todd Zakrajsek and Designing a Motivational Syllabus:  Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement with Melissa Thomas, both published by Stylus.  She also co-authored, with Theresa Orosz, Why the First-Year Seminar Matters: Helping Students Choose and Stay on a Career Path She is a contributing author of Foundations for Critical Thinking, published by the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and Transitions. Dr. Harrington is frequently invited to present at conferences and at colleges and universities.

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