Kelly joins us as the inaugural director of the Office of Academic Resources after serving in a similar role for NYU in Abu Dhabi for nearly three years. As the Associate Dean for Student Learning Resources and Dean for First Year Students, Kelly was charged with creating an Academic Resource Center and Office for Disability Services from scratch. Having spent ten years prior to that in the Dean's Office and Athletics at Swarthmore College, she is very excited to be a part of the tri-co community once again. As an undergraduate she studied Political Science and International Relations at Swarthmore College, with a focus on East Asian Studies. She completed her Master's in Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently finishing her doctorate in Higher Education Management at Penn as well. Kelly is particularly drawn to the potential for close and creative collaboration with faculty and students at Haverford and excited to welcome the community to the new office.
A transplant from New York City, Lionel completed his undergraduate and graduate coursework at the University of Pennsylvania. During the intervening year, he taught sexual health/sexual assault prevention throughout the Philadelphia high school system before accepting a residential life position at Penn. Immediately following his time in the Higher Education Management program, he began at The Fox School, Temple University's graduate and undergraduate business school, where he advised business students for nearly 5 years. In his last two years, he specialized in retention of At-Risk students and implemented a tracking and intervention system for increasing persistence of first- and second-year students. During his final year, he taught a university wide college-to-career sophomore seminar centered around career exploration, professional development, internship searches and graduate school preparation. It was also during this year, beginning in June 2011, that Lionel was invited by The New York Times to become a guest contributor for The Choice, their online column examining the undergraduate admissions process. He joins the Haverford community as assistant director in the newly created Office of Academic Resources with an everlasting passion for students and their scholarly and professional development.
Nika completed her undergraduate studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Upon graduation, she received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to South Korea, where she taught English conversation and American culture at a rural middle school. After two years as a Fulbright grantee, she took a position teaching college freshmen at South Korea's Chonnam National University. Nika returned to the United States in 2009 and settled in San Francisco, where she continued her work with international students at Kaplan International Colleges. She focused on preparing college-bound students for the transition to American community colleges and universities, advising students on the college admissions process, and teaching academic writing and study skills. Nika then worked one-on-one with students with learning differences in Asheville, North Carolina, before relocating to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She completed her Master's degree in Higher Education in May 2014. Nika believes strongly in the power of community and, as the Office of Academic Resources enters its third year, hopes to harness the energy and vitality of Haverford students, faculty, and staff into creative new opportunities for student growth and development.
MMichael graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Philosophy. After graduating, he shipped to Officer Candidate School to become a Naval Flight Officer, but his military career was cut short due to medical complications. After the Navy, he coached soccer and worked as a substitute teacher before deciding to pursue a career helping students succeed academically. In 2014, he completed his Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied issues of access, equity, and student achievement and success. Michael is excited to be a part of the continuing evolution of the Office of Academic Resources, and to continue working with the phenomenal students, faculty, and staff at Haverford College.