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Student Success and Engagement

UTHSC offers numerous resources and services that enhance student learning and contribute to student progress and success.

Within the College of Nursing, the Director of Student Success and Engagement assists students with identifying and accessing resources that support the following:

  • Learning at a higher level
  • Learning more efficiently and effectively
  • Matching performance with preparation
  • Demonstrating mastery in class, clinicals, and the profession


Introduction to Concept-Based Curriculum

  • Manning, L., & Zager, L. R. (2014). Medical surgical nurse made insanely easy: A new approach to prioritizing nursing. Duluth, GA: ICAN Publishing, Inc.
    ISBN 10: 0984204091
    ISBN 13: 9780984204090 

Medication Safety

Medical Terminology

Nursing Math


  • Adams, M. (2015). Change your questions, change your life: 12 powerful tools for leadership, coaching and life. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Sarah Campbell
    University of Surrey
    Student Guide to Personal Professionalism

Test-Taking in Nursing

  • Silvestri, L.A., & Silvestri, A. (2018). Saunders 2018-2019 strategies for test success: Passing nursing school and the NCLEXexam. M. Greer (Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
    ISBN-13: 978-0323479608
    ISBN-10: 9780323479608
  • Marcella Williams, DBP, RN, AOCN, CMSRN
    The Study Umbrella
    22 October 2016
  • Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion and The College of Nursing
    Test Taking (PPT presentation)

Time Management


  • Bridgepoint Education
    APA citation and Practice
  • College of Nursing Learning Navigator
    Writing FAQs
  • Strunk, W., & White, E.B. (2000). The elements of style (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Mellody  Selph
Mellody Selph, MS
Director of Student Success and Engagement

Ms. Selph provides support outside the classroom by helping students identify their strengths and overcome or prevent potential barriers to academic success. She provides exceptional quality support services and resources to students who are referred or actively seek and embrace recommendations. Ms. Selph assists faculty in supporting students’ professional and personal development. She also manages Nursing Peer Tutoring Services, Nursing Students’ Orientations, Student Engagement Events and retention programing
Office: 874 Union Ave., Room 140E
Appointment booking link: BookMellodySelph

Jan 17, 2024