Staff

The Office of Learning Communities has three staff members who work to accomplish the office mission and manage the short-term and long-term development of the learning community program.  These staff members are supported by many different offices and people across campus who make the development and implementation of learning communities possible.


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Dan Cutler

Director of Learning Communities

Dan Cutler serves as the director of the Office of Learning Communities/associate director of Student Living.  In this role, Dan provides leadership to the development and implementation of over 25 different living learning communities, including partnerships with Housing, Student Living, Office of the Registrar and faculty and academic representatives from each of the University’s nine undergraduate schools and colleges.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Clemson University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Syracuse University.

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Jessica Newsom

Coordinator of Learning Communities

Jessica Newsom serves as the coordinator in the Office of Learning Communities. In this role, Jessica oversees the learning community peer mentoring program, coordinates LLC Resident Assistant selection and training, coordinates the large LLC program initiatives and assists in the development and implementation of over 25 different living learning communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master of Education in counseling and personnel services from University of Louisville.

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Barb Norris

Administrative Specialist

Barb Norris serves as the administrative specialist in the Office of Learning Communities. In this role, Barb assists with the day-to-day operations, budget management, and overall program planning and support. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in chemistry from Alfred State and a Bachelor of Science in business from SUNY Oswego.