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Edesa Scarborough


Edesa Scarborough

Meet Edesa Scarborough

Director of First Year Experience/Lecturer, Baccalaureate Experience

Education: 1986 St. Thomas University, B.A.
1989 St. Thomas University, M.S.
2010 Argosy University, Ed.D

Courses Taught: First Year Experience Seminar
Perspectives on Conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Career Specialties: Scarborough specializes in the area of first-year student persistence and academic success, with specific focus on first-year student retention. Scarborough has also taught a course on conflict and violence for the past 14 years specializing in the area of alternative dispute resolution/mediation.

Professional and Community Activities: Scarborough has been involved in the area of first-year student retention for more than 20 years. She has presented at several national and international first-year conferences on topics including the following:

  • Professors May Hold the Key but Peer Mentors Unlock the Door to Student Persistence; 
  • The Impact of a Second Semester First-Year Student Program: A Retrospective Study;
  • University 101: But what about the Second Semester?;
  • Creating the Perfect Match: Faculty, Peer Mentors, and Students in a Themed First-Year Course and  
  • Welcome Home: A First–Year Experience Program for Our Veterans.         

“A Multifactorial Assessment of a First- Year College Experience Course and Its Effect on Student Persistence and Academic Success.” (2010)
Insider’s Guide to Career Services (2012)
Instructor's manual for Your College Experience, 10th edition (2012)
Step by Step to College and Career Success, 5th edition (2013) 


Scarborough serves on UT’s Registration Task Force, Orientation Committee and Retention Work Group.

Honors and Awards: Scarborough was the 1997 recipient of the Extending Dreams Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for work in the recruitment and retainment of students of color in higher education.