Meet the Faculty

Deborah vanDommelen, Director 

As director of the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) since 1996, Deborah is responsible for carrying out its core mission: to provide student-centered, skills-focused tutoring for SF State students. She manages everything from budget, hiring and tutor education to program assessment and consultation with SF State faculty. She has developed innovative programs, such as the LAC Writing Workshops and AU 697/796, a three-unit tutoring course for all new LAC tutors. In addition, Deborah finds time to teach and work with tutors and students both individually and in groups. Working closely with Morris Head and the student staff at Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP), Director of the University Writing Program, as well as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Deborah collaborates on university-wide projects that address retention, literacy, and academic support.

For many years, Deborah has served as a member of SF State's Committee on Written English Proficiency (CWEP), a university-wide committee responsible for recommending and implementing policy on SF State's Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) Programs. Additionally, she has served on several university-wide task force groups, including the Writing Task Force (2005) and the WAC/WID/GWAR Task Force (2011). Deborah has frequently presented at the international and California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL and CATESOL) Conferences, and at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). She has also collaborated on several textbooks, including Read, Write, Edit: Grammar for College Writers, a grammar-for-writing text for multilingual students and their teachers.

Deborah received her Masters degree in TESOL in 1984 and taught in the SF State Composition for Multilingual Students Program for eighteen years, teaching reading, writing, grammar, and literature. Complementing her professional life, Deborah swims, practices yoga, and enjoys adventures with her four young granddaughters.
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Voice mail: 338-1994
E-mail: dvan@sfsu.edu

 

Peter Ingmire, Math and Sciences Coordinator

As the Center's Math/Sciences Faculty Tutor Coordinator, Peter hires and works closely with all of the math/science tutors, teaching the AU 697/796 Tutoring Across Disciplines course and supporting returning tutors in bi-weekly meetings. Peter also tracks and analyzes LAC trends in student use and outcomes so that LAC faculty can evaluate the Center's programs and respond to evolving campus trends.

In 2001, Peter earned his Masters degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from SF State. Since that time, he has taught and coordinated a range of biology and science classes for the Biology Department at SF State and is currently a department advisor. Peter is also a member of the American Association of Microbiologists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Aids society. He has been with the Center since 2001.
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Voice mail: 338-1994
E-mail: ping@sfsu.edu

 

Debbie Miller, Writing Coordinator

As the LAC writing coordinator, Debbie works closely with students who come to the Center, often times meeting with pairs or small groups of students enrolled in writing intensive classes.  Each semester, she generally runs bi-weekly meetings for experienced tutors, helping them to further hone the skills they learned in their AU class and providing on-going assistance.   She also works closely with the composition faculty at SF State, communicating LAC resources to both composition faculty and students.  In addition to her work with students, tutors and faculty, Debbie also manages the content for the LAC website.  

In 1995, Debbie received her Masters degree in Literature as well as a Certificate in Teaching Composition from SF State. Since that time, she has taught classes for the College of Education's Step to College Program, the College of Ethnic Studies, and EOP's Summer Bridge program. She currently teaches composition for SF State's English department where she has taught a range of classes since 1998. Debbie joined the LAC in the fall of 2012.
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Voice mail: 338-1994
E-mail: debbiem@sfsu.edu

 

Jennifer Swanson profile pictureJennifer Swanson, Assessment/Placement Coordinator 

As the Center's faculty coordinator, Jennifer assesses the needs of incoming LAC students, finding appropriate resources for them and offering academic support. She also organizes and teaches our Writing Workshops for first-year students in developmental English classes and mentors the graduate student instructors who teach the workshops through weekly seminars and observations. Aside from her work with LAC students and tutors, in her role as associate director of WAC/WID, Jennifer offers support for writing courses across the disciplines in the form of faculty consultations, in-class workshops and student tutoring.

Jennifer received her Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from SF State in the Spring of 2006. She has been working full time at the Center since 2005 and has taught English for SF State's Summer Bridge Program for many years. 
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Voice mail: 338-1994
E-mail: jmpeters@sfsu.edu

 

Karen Wiederholt profile pictureKaren Wiederholt, Staff Development Coordinator

In addition to supervising daily operations at the LAC and working closely with other LAC faculty to assess students' needs, Karen is especially focused on her work with LAC tutors: teaching AU 697/796, the smaller Writing Workshop seminars and bi-weekly meetings. She is always seeking new ways to encourage tutors to grow professionally, including becoming more student-centered and more skilled at teaching and tutoring strategies. She has introduced class blogs and videotaping as tools for tutors both to build community and reflect on their tutoring.

In 1992, Karen earned her Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from SF State.  Most recently, Karen completed her MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she is not coming up with new and creative ideas for the Center, she is teaching English for multilingual students at both SF State and Stanford, spending time with her family or working on her writing. Karen has been with the Center since 1991.
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Voice mail: 338-1994
E-mail: kwied@sfsu.edu

 

 

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