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Carl Thum, Ph.D., Director. Carl received his doctorate from Cornell and his B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Carl works with students on an individual basis, presents workshops, road-shows, and mini-courses, and provides coaching for students with ADD. Carl is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing and teaches several courses including Writing 5, a first-year writing course and the Learning at Dartmouth course. Carl may be reached at (603) 646-2014 or via email at


Jennifer Decker

Jennifer Decker, M.A.L.S, Interim Assistant Director. Jen received her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Originally from Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Jen and her family relocated to the Upper Valley in 2014 to pursue her MALS degree. Her thesis investigated class division in American culture. One of her oral histories was published in the spring of 2016. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Jennifer worked in social services in her home community and organized a number of volunteer efforts to bring relief to disadvantaged populations. Jen advises students individually and works with Student Interns in the Academic Skills Center. She is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Study Groups program. You can reach Jen at



Holly Potter, Assistant Director. Holly graduated from Granite State College in June, 2009, with an Associate's Degree in Behavioral Science. She came to the Academic Skills Center in April, 2002,  after spending five years in the Dean of the College/Office of the Class Deans. Holly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tutor Clearinghouse, working closely with all study group leaders and tutors throughout the academic year. You may reach Holly at (603) 646-2014 or via email at



Karen Lenz, Office Manager. Karen received her B.A. degree in geology from Smith College. Karen previously worked at the Lovelace Women's Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico for four years as a childbirth educator and doula. She also spent over ten years working with the Nature Conservancy in Maryland and Virginia. While working with The Nature Conservancy, she served in various roles ranging from Office Manager to Conservation Coordinator. At the Academic Skills Center, Karen will be working closely with students. Karen can be contacted via email at


 Monica Erives

Monica Erives, Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator.  Monica received her B.A. from Dartmouth in 2014. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of peer tutoring, including recruiting tutors, coordinating matches, and overseeing student employment. She works closely with TC student interns, as well as assists Holly Potter with other TC programmatic activities. She can be reached via email at



Iman Hammad, Peer Academic Support Intern.  Iman is a Senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Arabic from Racine, Wisconsin.  She is the full time Tutor Clearinghouse/Study groups Intern this winter. On campus, she is also a Student Director for the Tucker Center, planning events such as the MLK Mutli-faith Celebration, and is also involved in Al-Nur Muslim Student Association.  After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and one day be a Pediatrician.  Iman can be reached via email at



Jonathan Lu, Academic Skills Center Intern. Jonathan is a freshman and intends to major in economics. He is from Coral Springs, Florida. As an intern, Jonathan will be assisting Dr. Thum in various projects for the Academic Skills Center. Outside of his studies, Jonathan serves as the President of the Love Our Troops Letter Project, a letter writing initiative dedicated to honoring U.S. soldiers; in addition, he enjoys rock climbing, running, and swimming. Jonathan may be reached via email at



Alanna Kane, Academic Skills Center Intern. Alanna is a Senior Government major and Double Minor in International Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Sea Cliff, NY. As an intern for the ASC, she works with Professor Thum on researching learning strategies as well as best practices and she provides additional support to the ASC/TC staff. On campus, Alanna is President of Sigma Delta, Co-President of MOSAIC--the College's multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural community, she is a Development Editor for the Dartmouth Undergraduate Law Journal, and she sings with the College Glee Club. Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in civil rights. Alanna can be reached at

Last Updated: 2/22/17