Tiana Solis Portrait

Tiana Solis

Associate Director of Advising
Biography

Tiana Solis is currently the Associate Director of Advising and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS). She received a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science in 1992-1994 from State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica. She was an instructor and academic advisor in SCIS from 1994 to 2007 before rejoining SCIS as an instructor in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Solis was a programmer analyst at the Department of The Attorney General in Hawaii, a member of the team revamping the State Juvenile Justice Information System. She is a former Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Grader with the Educational Testing Service.

Ms. Solis has taught different Computer Science and Information Technology undergraduate courses in SCIS, including being the coordinator of the Undergraduate Senior Project course. She has published in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference focusing on assessing BS-CS student outcomes using the senior project. She has mentored several FIU students participating in the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP). Ms. Solis was the co-Advisor for the Women in Computer Science (WICS) student club in 2003-2005 and co-founded the FIU STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) in 2011.

Ms. Solis has dedicated her career as an advocate for higher education and student success. She is known by her peers and colleagues as a collaborator, connector, and by students as empathetic and socially oriented. Her research and instructional Interests include student success and retention, distance learning, software development, programming languages, and computer ethics.

Honors and Awards
  • Institutional, Strategic, and Operational Excellence award 2018, College of Engineering and Computing, FIU
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2018 Faculty Scholarship recipient
  • ACM Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference 2018 Faculty Scholarship recipient
  • Excellence in Advising award 2017- Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit, National Academic Advising Association
  • Staff Knowledge and achievement award 2015, College of Engineering and Computing, FIU
  • Excellence in advising Faculty award 2005, School of Computing and Information Sciences, FIU.
Research and Educational Interests

Retention & Graduation, Programming Languages, Computer Ethics and Distance Learning

Background Education

1994 M.S., Computer Information Science, State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY), Utica

Professional Activities
  • Co-presenter of “To Advising and Beyond: Showing Our Superpowers through an Object Oriented Approach” presentation 2017 NACADA REGION IV – Jackson, Mississippi
  • Co-founder and faculty liaison (2011) of FIU STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service)
  • Served as a co-advisor of the Women in Computer Science student organization at Florida International University 2003-2005
  • Mentored Florida -Georgia Alliance for Minority Program (FGAMP) students.
  • Participated in High School recruitment efforts
Professional Experience

Florida International University Park – Miami, FL
Associate Director/Lecturer, Advising Center, School of Computing and Information Science

  • Effectively planned, coordinated and facilitated functions to optimize productivity, efficiency and quality, with strong focus on the delivery of student services.
  • Assisted students in evaluating their abilities, interests, talents, and personality characteristics.
  • Monitored student learning; implemented plans for improving student achievement and success.
  • Supervised, mentored and trained professional advisors.
  • Performed other related administrative tasks for the College of Engineering and FIU.

Florida International University Park – Miami, FL 2010-2012
Visiting Instructor/Academic Advisor, School of Computing and Information Science

Department of the Attorney General – Honolulu, HI 2008-2010
Programmer/Analyst, Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS)

  • Prepared data models, business process models, and data flow diagrams using IBM Rational Software Architecture
  • Implemented the JJIS system using J2EE Technology
  • Integrated systems development with similar information technology needs of other agencies.
  • Prepared procedural manuals and operating standards
  • Conducted user training at Collaborating Departments.

Florida International University University Park – Miami, FL 1994-2007
Instructor and Academic Advisor, School of Computing and Information Science

  • Planned course content and methods of presentation.
  • Established educational standards and goals, and established relevant and effective policies and procedures.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) 2002-2006
Advanced Placement Computer Science Reader and Grader

SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, New York 1992-1994
Teaching Assistant – Information Systems and Engineering Technology Department, Taught Applications for Non-programmers, UNIX to Computer Science Undergraduates, and Tutored UNIX, Finite Mathematics and Statistics

Selected Publications

Co-Author: Assessing BS–CS Student Outcomes Using Senior Project American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2014 Conference

Co-Author: Examining the Computing Identity of High-Achieving Underserved Computing Students on the Basis of Gender, Field, and Year in School The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD/ASEE), 2018 Conference