M.Ed, Educational Administration – Concentration: Planning and Policy in Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell
B.A, Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
As Executive Director, Riley-Calahan is responsible for the direction of the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services, which includes services on four campuses:
- a university wide Advising Center
- peer tutoring center
- five computer labs
- academic support for undeclared exploratory students (students in transition from one major to another) and incoming transfer students.
- serve on the leadership team of the implementation of student success initiatives, reduction of disparities of underrepresented groups and support for STEM programs.
- direct the Starfish Early Alert system of which there are 14 gateway courses (all sections)
- direct the management
2018 – Hobson Institute – Early Alert Best Practices Panelist
2015 – National Academic Advising Association - "Expanding the Village: Early Alert as a Campus-Wide Retention Initiative" Presentation
2014 – National Academic Advising Association - "Keeping the Beat: Early Alert System comes to UMass Lowell" Presentation
2014 – National Academic Advising Association - "New Rhythms in Advising: Innovative Advising Practices" Poster Session
2000 – The Council on Teaching, Learning and Research as Scholarship – Engaging Faculty in Building Academic Services. Conference on Retention in Higher Education – UMass Boston.
National Association of Academic Affairs Administrators
National Academic Advisor Association
New England Transfer Association
Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education
2016 Pillar of Excellence Award – Living and Learning Communities for Transfer Students.
2005 – Successful Implementation of SIS and Academic Advisement
2004 – Francis Cabot Lowell Award (exemplary and outstanding work for the UMass Lowell Community.
2001 – Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Psychology Department – UMass Lowell.
1992 – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation for Outstanding Performance: Pride in Performance.
Grants – the coordination and direction of two grants:
College Access Challenge Grant for first generation college students and the
Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation for students in the STEM majors.
1988-1990 Instructor, Freshmen Seminar (1 credit)
1988-present Instructor, Values and Creative Thinking (3 credits)
Related University Experience
2003-2005 – Subject Matter Expert for the implementation of PeopleSoft Academic Advisement, Pre-Requisite enforcement and Student Records
1990-1994 – Coordinator – Encore Adult Learner Program
1986-1987 – Student Loan Coordinator – Financial Aid Office