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Stella Bridgeman

Director, First-Year Programs


Stella is from Rockwood, Tennessee, and earned her Bachelors, Masters and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees from Tennessee Technological University (TTU). Upon Completion of her Ed.S she was hired as an Academic Advisor in the College of Education at TTU. She specialized in transfer advising. She also served as the Academic Counselor for the Academic Development Program.

Her experience in higher education extends over 16 years as she has progressed from academic advisor to associate director managing programs that provide academic support to students. She enjoys assisting students in their academic careers and watching them become the leaders of tomorrow. In her spare time, she enjoys reading.

Stella is currently certified as an Advanced Level Academic Coach and Professional Coach Trainer through the National Tutoring Association. In her current role, she serves as the primary contact for all aspects of Academic Alert and FYS 100. 

Personal Motto: 
"Every new day is another chance to change your life."


Education Specialist, Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, Tennessee Technological University

Master of Art in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, Tennessee Technological University

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies 1-8, Tennessee Technological University

Professional Service

First Year Experience (FYE), 
2017 - Present

National Tutoring Association (NTA), 
2013 – 2015

College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA), 
2013 – Present

Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN), 
2012 – 2015

National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), 
2012 – 2015

American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 
2008 – Present

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), 
2004 – 2006, 2010 – Present



Bridgeman, C., Mastrogiovanni, J., (2018, October). Common Read Programs: Passing Fad or Hopeful Future. Presentation at the National Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education.

Awards and Recognitions

Advanced Level Academic Coaching Certification,
National Tutoring Association 2014

Academic Coach Trainer,
National Tutoring Association 2014

Learning Center Leadership Award,
College Reading & Learning Association 2012



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