Academy Resource Center

Academy Resource Center (ARC) Directors

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3917

Email: arc@academyart.edu

Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Location

79 New Montgomery St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

James J. O’Hara

ARC Tutoring Director

James J. O'Hara began his teaching career in 1984 while an undergraduate at Brown University in Providence, RI. Two years later, he joined the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher trainer and supervisor in Indonesia and Thailand. Returning to the U.S. in 1988 to teach in the Minnesota public schools, he then moved to the Bay Area, where he received his M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1992. From 1989 to 1996, he taught at Golden Gate University, and has worked to ensure student success at Academy of Art University since 1995.

Phone: 1-415-618-3875

Email: johara@academyart.edu

Gwendlyn Snider

ARC Online Tutoring Director

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Gwendlyn attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in English Literature with an emphasis in Anglophone Studies and History of Art. After graduating, she pursued her career in academia by working at Academy of Art University, San Diego State University, Ashford University, and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. She returned to the Bay Area in 2009 to attend an intensive teaching program at the Institute of Reading Development and began working at the Academy Resource Center, where she supports the ARC Training & Tutoring department as Online Tutoring Director.

Phone: 1-415-618-3994

Email: gsnider@academyart.edu

Ann Marie O’Sullivan

ARC Onsite Tutoring Coordinator

Ann Marie O’Sullivan was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Advertising and Marketing. She has retail, fashion, banking, and administrative experience, in addition to a professional interest in film. In high school, she formed her own company (AJC Films) and has created numerous films. In 2008, she submitted an entry to Sundance. Her current projects include various stop-motion animation and live-action shorts. In 2014, she joined Academy of Art University as the ARC Onsite Tutoring Coordinator.

Phone: 1-415-618-3865

Email: tutoring@academyart.edu

Chantelle Ferguson

Director of Online Language Support

Chantelle Ferguson has loved language and culture since the day she learned her first Spanish words from the children's television show, Sesame Street. She followed these interests by working as a newspaper journalist, traveling, and earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in English. After graduate school, she moved abroad and taught English at a private university where she developed one of the first online academic writing courses offered in the region. She has since designed and taught numerous onsite and online courses at numerous universities in the United States.

Phone: 1-415-618-3809

Email: cferguson@academyart.edu

Andrea Keklikian

Classroom Services/Accessibility Director

Andrea has been working for students with disabilities at Academy of Art University since 2004.  She is especially interested in applying alternative methods to teaching and learning, and has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Delaware and holds a California state teaching credential.  Before joining the Academy, she taught in a K–8 school in a group home and was a public high school special day class teacher.

Phone: 1-415-618-3782

Email: AKeklikian@academyart.edu

Lynda España

Director, Student Academic Support

Lynda was born in California and grew up on the East Coast on a small island in Maine. She is happy to call San Francisco her home for over a decade now. Lynda received her B.A. in Marketing from Marietta College in Ohio, where she was also a student-athlete. She has a diverse vocational background including coaching collegiate basketball teams, a short stint as a paramedic, and several years as a sign language interpreter. She is inspired by the creativity and passion of the students and faculty here at the Academy. Lynda enjoys stand-up comedy, blogging, camping, sailing, rockabilly music, and collecting vintage clothes and mid-century memorabilia.

Phone: 1-415-618-3813

Email: LEspana@academyart.edu

Kate Griffeath

VP Educational Support

Kate graduated from Columbia University with a MA in TESOL and a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara, and holds a certificate after studying at La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. With over 21 years of professional experience in teaching ESL, she has been a valuable addition at Academy of Art University since 1990. She is a member of TESOL, CATESOL, NAFSA, and a staff member/consultant with C-L/CLL. Kate regularly gives presentations at TESOL and CATESOL conferences, and studied Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Latin, and Greek.

Phone: 1-415-618-3917

Email: ARC@academyart.edu

Aaron Field

Online Student Academic Support.

Aaron is a born and bred San Francisco native happily stuck in the cool, gray, city of love. His love of writing led him to pursue a degree in English with the University of California, Davis. Aaron has been with the Academy in the online support department for seven years.

Email: oas@academyart.edu

Academic Coaches

On Campus Coaching

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3917 Text your ID number and questions to 1-415-895-0272.

Email: ARC@academyart.edu

Location

79 New Montgomery St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Online Coaching

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3917

Email: oas@academyart.edu

Training & Tutoring

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3865

Email: tutoring@academyart.edu

Location

ARC Training & Tutoring is located at 79 New Montgomery St. (79 NM), 3rd Floor.

The ARC Tutoring Reception Area and Computer Lab is located at 79 NM, Room 311. The ARC Tutoring Drawing Labs are located at 79 NM, Rooms 313 and 314.

Online Educational Support

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3877

English for Art Purposes (EAP) Directors
Bob McDonald

EAP Department Director

Bob studied American Literature at Boston U. and U.C. Santa Cruz as an undergraduate. He then attended The California Culinary Academy, but after a brief stint working as a chef, he decided to return to his passion of literature and language. He went on to receive an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State. Bob has travelled extensively through Asia, Europe and Latin America, with the most recent trips being to Cuba. He also settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years to teach English. He began working at the Academy in 1994 as an ESL teacher and became ESL Director in 2000.

Jane Emley

Associate Director of EAP Support

Jane has a B.A. in Italian and Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in English, from San Francisco State University. She has lived in France and Italy as an exchange student, so she has a lot of empathy for the kinds of challenges our ESL students face when they arrive in the U.S. She loves to travel and is fascinated by foreign languages and other cultures. She has traveled widely throughout Europe and has visited many countries in South and Central America in addition to Mexico and Canada.

Anne Connors

Director of Intensive English Courses

Anne Connors is the Director of the Intensive English Courses at Academy of Art University.  Previously, Anne oversaw the Academy's Online Writing Lab and taught ESL online. She has an MA in English with a concentration in TESOL and a Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Composition from San Francisco State University, as well as a BA in Linguistics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her experience includes 20 years of teaching at universities in the U.S., Italy, and Taiwan, extensive teacher training at ASC International House (Geneva) and the American Language Institute (San Francisco), and curriculum development for multiple intensive English programs. She has presented at the TESOL international convention, volunteered at Year Up Bay Area since 2009, and is a reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

EAP Lab

Location

79 New Montgomery, Room 316.

Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

ESL

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3903

Email: esl@academyart.edu

Multimedia Lab

Location

180 New Montgomery St, 2nd floor

Room 200 (Chaucer Lab)

Room 202 (Woolf Lab)

Hours

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–6:20 p.m

Writing Lab

Location

79 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor

Hours

Monday–Saturday

Speaking Lab

Location

79 New Montgomery, 3rd floor, Room 316.

Conversation Groups meet in Study Area F.

Hours

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Classroom Services

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3775

Fax: 1-415-618-3676

Email: accessibility@academyart.edu

Location

79 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor, Room 356