Professional Staff

Meet our SASS staff

 

SusanSusan Korba

Director of Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carly D’Amico

Promotions and Administrative Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

DonnaDonna Katinas

ESL Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Ashford

Writing Workshop Coordinator

After getting my Master’s degree in English at the University of Guelph, I taught in various capacities (including ESL) at Guelph, Queen’s, and St. Lawrence College. I did a doctorate in Higher Education at Queen’s but left the program just before completing my dissertation, and became a professional writer. Now, working at SASS with its fantastic programs, wonderful colleagues and the opportunity to engage with students of all kinds, I consider myself really lucky to be right where I am. I get to teach students that they really can learn to write better, even if they’re already pretty good. When I see the “lights go on,” whether it’s in a one-to-one consultation with a doctoral student in Physics, or in a workshop for 100 first-year Political Studies students, I feel a wonderful sense of possibility for those students who suddenly get that:

  • academic writing is really just about understanding what scholarship is, and
  • there are particular skills one can develop to show one’s scholarship off in its best light.

 

Claire Hooker, BA (Hons), BEd, MA, PhD (in progress)

Writing and Learning Strategist

I work with a variety of students who have a range of interests related to their academic success – self-management skills, study and learning skills, and more. Every student I see has his or her own story; I enjoy hearing these stories and working collaboratively with students to help them reach their potential. I’ve spent the last twenty years or so teaching and working or volunteering with students in different roles at universities, colleges, and schools across Ontario. In addition to offering Learning Strategies appointments, I offer individual writing appointments at SASS, and I’m interested in post-secondary student development and leadership.

To book an appointment with me, visit our online booking system, drop by Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

 

LindaWilliams, MA Psychol.

Senior Learning Strategies Advisor

As a Learning Strategist, I feel privileged to help students individually or in group workshops to reach their academic potential and goals and enjoy their Queen’s experience. I offer practical suggestions to assist students to develop new learning and studying techniques and maintain a positive attitude, or to find ways to complete a dissertation, or to enhance their presentation skills, or to change their daily habits so they’re more productive and happier.

I have previously taught at the post-secondary education level and worked with people with disabilities or disadvantages related to their physical, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Working in Learning Strategies enables me to combine my long-standing interests in education, mental health and research, and counselling individuals to meet their potential, regardless of their situation.

Whether you may be struggling to pass or are competing for a highly prestigious fellowship—you don’t have to “do it alone”. Come discover how we can work together to help you have a satisfying Queen’s experience.

Please contact Linda at linda.williams@queensu.ca

 

Leslie Paterson, BA Hons, CYW, BEd, MEd

Learning Strategies Advisor

I love meeting with students, learning from them, and helping them develop or finesse the skills they would like to have in order to be a successful and engaged member of the Queen’s community. I believe that students have individual, unique strengths and challenges that play into their life as a student, and my hope is to help students see and use their strengths, and view difficulties as an opportunity for growth and development.

My background is in student accessibility, teaching, and learning strategies. I welcome any and all students to come and meet with me to see how we might work together so that your experience here at Queen’s can be rich and enjoyable.

To schedule an appointment, please see our online booking system, drop by Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

 

Felicia Yong, BA (Hons), MA

Outreach Coordinator

Connecting students with other students can be accomplished in many ways – including during workshops! I am very fortunate to work with some of the most motivated, genuine and enthusiastic students through the Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) program here at Queen’s. Our team of about 45 upper-year student volunteers, called PLAs, dedicate themselves to delivering a variety of outreach programs, from Queen’s Learning Commons’ workshops and Residence Presentations to drop-in giveaways and course-specific sessions. Oftentimes, the PLAs will share personal experiences and advice on how to refine a strategy so it works for you!

My background is in English Language and Literature and Visual Arts (studio and art history), and I have an ever-growing interest in learning strategies, teaching, and curriculum development. I encourage you to attend a workshop or other outreach event, talk to the PLAs or myself, and learn some tips and tricks to reduce your chances of saying, “I wish I had known this!” at the end of the year.

For more information, email learning.strategies@queensu.ca, or drop by Stauffer 143 at Student Academic Success Services, in Stauffer Library.

You can  see upcoming workshops here.


Meet our SASS Writing Consultants

Writing Centre staff come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Many are professional writers or editors. Others are teachers, professors, musicians, and graduate students.

 

Lynne Clarke
Dr. Jane Russell Corbett
Catherine Dale
Sheelagh Frame
John Haffner
Val Hamilton
Greg Hicks
Anne Linscott
Dr. Robert May
Sandra McCubbin
Johanne Mednick Myles
Andrea Phillipson
Julia Savage
Jaspreet Tambar
Lori Vos