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.
Although a native of Philadelphia, ten years ago Brian moved to Colorado with the goals of becoming a professional snowboarder and writing the next great American novel, although, upon arrival in Fort Collins he decided to put those dreams on hold and do the next best thing: graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in English and creative writing. Shortly thereafter he returned to Philadelphia to further his career in academia. Brian was conferred a Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied the influence of postmodern American Poetry on contemporary culture. He also received a Master of Science in Education from Penn where he focused on the literacy practices of high achieving college and graduate students. He is currently the Academic Development Specialist at Thomas Jefferson University where he directly facilitates the student writing center and the strategic academic support consultation program. Prior to his current position he worked in academic support at Penn and Princeton University.
Clara graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, she worked short-term as an academic tutor at middle schools within the Seattle Public School District; she specifically worked with students in IEP (Individualized Education Program) and ELL (English Language Learners) classrooms. Afterwards, she took a teaching/administrative position at C2 Education Center. At C2, she advised students on the college admissions process, produced various curricula for SAT preparation, and worked with international students struggling with their cultural/social transitions. Clara is currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and will complete her Master's degree in Higher Education in May 2015. She is excited to be a part of the Office of Academic Resources at Haverford and hopes to contribute to the program's 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.
Michael 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.