Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Development

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Our Staff

Get to know the dedicated individuals in our department.

Linda Hooper

Linda Hooper

Director

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Cyert Hall B5J
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Linda is responsible for providing academic support for the Carnegie Mellon University community. Linda is responsible for the continual needs assessment of our changing student population, planning, implementation and assessment of all programs (Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, EXCEL collaborative learning groups, and Academic Counseling) related to student academic success and interfacing with the faculty and staff of the university. Linda oversees the management of the student para-professional staff, the department website, payroll and budget, and department advertising. Linda reports to the Associate Provost for Education and has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon University community since July 1997.

John Lanyon

John Lanyon

Peer Tutor Program Coordinator

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Cyert Hall B5K
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

John is responsible for the organization, implementation, and evaluation of the department's two main tutoring programs - the evening walk-in service, available in select residence halls, and the standing tutoring appointment service. As part of his duties, John interviews, supervises, and evaluates undergraduate tutors and conducts the CMUS 99250 Seminar in Peer Tutoring training class every spring. He also coordinates with faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community to explore tutoring and academic support options for specific courses and departments. John has been with Carnegie Mellon since August 2002.

Jessica Owens

Jessica Owens

SI/EXCEL Program Coordinator

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Cyert Hall B5L
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Jessica is responsible for the coordination of both the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program and the EXCEL collaborative learning groups program. As part of her duties, Jessica manages, supervises and evaluates both programs. She is responsible for the training and supervision of both SI and EXCEL Group Leaders every semester. She also serves as the instructor for CMUS 99251, Seminar in Supplemental Instruction. Jessica communicates with CMU faculty in regards to coordinating the appropriate academic support for our community.

Michael Poljak

Michael Poljak

Academic Coaching Program Coordinator

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Cyert Hall B5A
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Mike is the Academic Coaching Program Coordinator responsible for supervising, training, and evaluating a team of undergraduate Academic Coaches, organizing campus workshops and conducting the CMUS 99-252 Seminar for Academic Coaching class in the spring. He holds a Master of Education Degree in Student Affairs, Leadership, and Counseling.

Donora Craighead

Donora Craighead

Administrative Assistant

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Cyert Hall B5
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Donora is responsible for the operation of Academic Development. Some of her responsibilities include database management, monitoring workshop registrations, designing publicity materials, and maintaining Academic Development's website. Donora came to Carnegie Mellon in 2003 after fourteen years of service at the University of Pittsburgh.