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Academic Excellence & Support Services

LAC Professional Staff


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Lauren Clark
Program Director for the Learning Assistance Center

Master of Arts, English Literature- Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science- Duquesne University

Lauren joined the University of Cincinnati from Ohio State University, where she was the Writing Coordinator for the Honors Collegium, an office dedicated to preparing high achieving students to win nationally competitive awards, and an adjunct instructor in the School of Physical Activities and Educational Services. During her time as a graduate student and administrator at OSU, Lauren became interested in the support networks and healthy practices that can help nontraditional or minority students excel in higher education. She joined the Learning Assistance Center in March of 2011 and is excited to work with the LAC’s outstanding staff and students.

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Jaime Sperandio
Program Manager for Supplemental Instruction and Tutorial Services

Master of Arts, Mental Health Counseling- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology- University of Cincinnati

Jaime joined the LAC staff in 2011, coordinating the Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Tutoring programs. After working as a student employee at the LAC for three years, she found she had an interest in higher education, specifically in increasing access to support services for all students. She is excited about partnering with UC faculty and staff to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals. Her current focus is on developing a campus culture that promotes support services as a proactive measure for academic success.

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Joseph Cunningham
Program Coordinator for the Academic Writing Center

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies- University of Cincinnati
Master of Education, Secondary Education- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education- University of Cincinnati

Joseph started at the LAC in 2013. Prior to his current position, he coordinated the writing tutoring services at UC Clermont and has now stepped into the role of coordinator of the Academic Writing Center. Additionally, he has been an English instructor since 2008 and is currently completing his doctorate in educational studies. Although Joseph’s interests are quite extensive, his primary concentration is on helping the UC students become stronger college writers, building their writing acumen regardless of their discipline.

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Kaci Kortis
Program Coordinator for Cincinnati Pride Grant Advising and Probation Support

Master of Education, School Counseling- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education Integrated Social Studies- University of Cincinnati

Kaci Kortis joined the Learning Assistance Center in June of 2013.  Prior to her current role she has worked as an education assistant at the Freedom Center, taught high school, and, most recently, served as a Graduate Assistant in UC’s Disability Services Office. She obtained her Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Cincinnati in 2013.  Kaci has a passion for helping students problem-solve, plan, and get back on the path to success in pursuing their educational and career goals.

Meet Stuart Wright

Stuart Wright
Program Coordinator for Peer Tutoring

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Accounting & Finance)- Old Dominion University

Stuart Wright joined the LAC staff in October of 2013. Prior to his current role as Peer Tutoring Coordinator, he taught student success skills at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Also, Stuart has had experience as a tutor and an academic coach for over eight years; the last three years were spent training tutors and presenting at conferences such as National Tutoring Association. Stuart enjoys helping students critically think about their roles as a learner and he is focused on developing tutors to support student success.

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Emily Moores
Graduate Assistant

Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Studio Art- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting- Cleveland Institute of Art

Emily joined the LAC as a Graduate Assistant in July 2012. Before working for the LAC, Emily worked in Marketing for Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Emily has continued to exhibit her artwork, including The Morgan Conservatory, the Pump Projects and the Dougherty Art Center.