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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Noel DeJarnette
Assistant Director Academic for the Math and Science Support Center

Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics- University of Illinois
Master of Science, Mathematics- University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics- University of Illinois

Noel DeJarnette joined the Learning Assistance Center as the Assistant Director of the Math and Science Support Center in June of 2014. He comes from the University of Illinois where he most recently served as Associate Director of Public Engagement for the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) and Visiting Instructor. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in December of 2013. Noel has several interests in mathematics and education. He is committed to helping students of all disciplines and ability levels find success in math and science.

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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 has completed 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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Rebecca Elliott
Program Coordinator for Peer Tutoring

Master of Education, Higher Education- University of Dayton
Bachelor of Arts, German Studies- University of Cincinnati

Rebecca Elliott joined the Learning Assistance Center as Program Coordinator for Peer Tutoring in December 2014. Rebecca previously worked at Illinois State University where she served as the Coordinator of Learning Services in the Julia N. Visor Academic Center. She is a UC alum, earning her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies in 2008. She then went on to earn her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton in 2011. Rebecca is passionate about student success and wants to help all students become lifelong learners.

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William Neater
Program Coordinator for Academic Coaching and Test Preparation

Doctor of Education – Dowling College
Master of Educational Administration – Long Island University
Bachelor of Arts, History – Dowling College

William joined the LAC in 2015, coordinating Academic Coaching, Test Preparation services, and Academic Alert initiatives. Previously, he served as the Interim Dean of Student Affairs at Thomas More College. Prior to that, William was the Director of Performing Arts at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Throughout his career William has also taught History and Education courses. He now looks forward to helping integrate various elements of the LAC and expanding upon a successful academic coaching model to continually serve the students, staff, and institution at UC.

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Ashley R. Vaughn
Supplemental Instruction Graduate Assistant

Doctoral Student: Educational Studies: Developmental and Learning Sciences
Master of Science: Biology from University of Saint Joseph
Master of Art: Education from Mount Saint Joseph University
Graduate Certificates: Emerging Diseases; Assessment and Evaluation
Bachelor of Science: Natural Science/Biology from Mount Saint Joseph University

Ashley Vaughn joined the Learning Assistance Center in July 2016. Ashley is a doctoral student in Educational Studies, with a primary concentration in Developmental and Learning Sciences, and a secondary concentration in Quantitative and Mixed Research Methodologies. A Cincinnati native, Ashley has taught Biology for several local colleges and universities. Prior to teaching at the post-secondary level, she was a high school science teacher. This background heavily influences Ashley’s research interests, which include conceptual change, discipline-based education research, motivation, and post-secondary science education. Ashley is also a strong advocate for women and under-represented minorities in STEM fields, and works with local organizations to increase STEM accessibility for at-risk youth.

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Lindsey Kurz
Graduate Assistant, Academic Writing Center


PhD Candidate in Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Cincinnati;
Master of Arts in Post-1900 Literatures, Cultures, and Theories, University of Manchester;
Bachelor of Arts in English, Oregon State University

Lindsey joined the Learning Assistance Center as a tutor in the Academic Writing Center in 2015. As a graduate assistant in the AWC Lindsey develops writing resources for graduate students and leads workshops pertaining to dissertation writing. Currently a PhD student in Literature and Cultural Studies, her research focuses on the genre of the tragicomedy and its relevance to contemporary literature and television. While at the University of Cincinnati she has taught Introductory Composition, Intermediate Composition, and a Topics in Literature course.

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Sammie Marita
Graduate Assistant MASS Center


Master of Arts, Educational Studies- University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science, Special Education- University of Cincinnati

Sammie Marita is currently a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special Education. She plans to graduate with her Ph.D. in 2018. Sammie has research interests in mathematics strategies for students with learning disabilities and developing a better understanding of disability experience.

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Jamie Fritz
Graduate Assistance Academic Coaching


BA in English/German - Augustana College

Jamie is in her first year of the Master of Public Health program and currently applying to medical schools. She has an English/German B.A. from Augustana College and has attended UC since 2012. Besides studying languages and literature, she is applying to medical schools currently. Jamie is also fond of science fiction shows and has a penchant for making hilarious (?) puns.