Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
Associate Professor, Biology
Dr. Hanna splits his time between the Biology Department and ALAC. Those roles inform his current interests in scientific teaching methodologies and academic advising. Prior research included the study of DNA replication, pathogenesis, and protein engineering. As Director of the Accelerated Physician/Scientist Program, Chair of Rensselaer’s Academic Standing Committee, and primary Pre-Medical/Pre-Health advisor, Michael understands the complexity of science and medical training. His background includes a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and postdoctoral work at Princeton University.
Jeannie joined Rensselaer in 1991 as the ESL Coordinator (English for Speakers of Other Languages), then broadened her work to academic advising. Jeannie collaborates with many offices on campus to improve student success. She works closely with the Office of Graduate Education to offer a series of advising workshops for faculty and professional staff. She also developed the first year advising meetings and provides materials for all first year advisors. She knows many of the major templates by memory and assists students who are unsure of their choice of major. Jeannie’s background includes an M.S. in TESOL from the University at Albany (SUNY). She has attended and presented at National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) regional conferences and participated in NACADA Advising Institutes.
Learning Skills Specialist
Arielle has five years of experience in the education field. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana studies; with a minor in Sociology. Both her Masters and Certificate of Advanced study in Educational Administration and Policy studies, from the University at Albany, concentrated on Higher Education. Her area of expertise is in Disability Student Service programs, including research on “The Effectiveness of Testing Accommodation Services and Individual Advisement for Disabled Students that are on Academic Probation”. Arielle loves working with students, and her main goal is to insure that all students are academically successful.
Language & Culture Support
Office = Folsom 155; 518.276.3241
Brea combines her passions for language, intercultural cooperation, technical communication, and teaching in the perfect job: helping Rensselaer’s undergraduate and graduate students make a successful transition to American culture and the English language. Brea’s M.S. in Technical Communication from Rensselaer, B.S. in Sociology, and years of experience in health services, software development, technical writing, and other fields gives her the depth of background needed to help Rensselaer folks explain their very cool technical interests.
David has over 25 years of experience working with college students. A former Class Dean and Dean of Students, he is a student development specialist who has a Masters degree in Counseling and professional certificates in Mediation and TITLE IX. David loves helping students succeed and achieve their goals. He enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks and loves biking and golf.
Nam has five years of experience working with college students in higher education. He received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, and Masters degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Cornell University, with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. As a former international student, Nam brings both professional and experiential knowledge to the ALAC team. He has a deep appreciation for the academic, cultural, and emotional challenges that many international students experience on campus. In addition to helping students achieve success on and off campus in their academic endeavors, Nam loves writing, playing basketball, and trekking in the mountains.
Program Manager - Supplementary Education
Sharon joined Rensselaer in 1982, working with a number of academic offices. Sharon coordinates all aspects of ALAC’s tutoring services, from selecting tutors through finding locations throughout campus for 40+ sessions. Sharon selects, trains and supervises all tutors for both individual and small-group drop-in sessions. She also trains the trainers, by recruiting and supervising the graduate Teaching & Learning Assistants who oversee drop-in sessions. Her background includes a B.S. in Higher Education from SUNY Empire State College.
Patty is the glue that holds ALAC together, providing “unflappable” calmness, even in occasional chaos. In addition to her administrative and budgetary responsibilities, Patty provides a high level of student support, answering a multitude of questions and assisting with everything from completing forms to directing students to other resources. Her goal is to troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently in order to minimize each student's stress level. Patty’s organizational skills were honed during 30+ years of administrative support in health offices.