SLS Staff Contact

General Contact Information

Student Learning Services Staff Offices - Room 106, Murray Library

Writing Help Centre - Room 142, Murray Library

Math & Stats Help Centre - Room 144, Murray Library

General Inquiries - Phone:  (306) 966-2886


Mailing Address

Student Learning Services within the University Library

Room 106 Murray Building, 3 Campus Drive

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A4

Student Learning Services Staff Members

Dawn Pratt, Academic Enrichment Programs Coordinator

Dawn Pratt joined the University Learning Centre (ULC) in the summer of 2013 as the Academic Transition Programs Coordinator assisting with the coordination of the Learning Communities program; she was involved in the program in the previous year, as an Alumni Namesake Mentor.  For her Master of Science in Chemistry, she developed polymeric structures for contaminant removal from an aqueous solution; i.e. remediation of water. Dawn brings her scientific mind to the development of ideas for programs. Dawn enjoys engaging people on environmental topics, spreading her love for math and science, and mentoring students.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.7771

Donna van de Velde, Office Coordinator / PAL Program

Donna van de Velde has been with the University Learning Centre since it began in January 2007. Her background is in desktop publishing, multimedia and computer animation. She started out with a six week contract to create the unit's website and continued on in a variety of roles including her current position of Office Coordinator. Donna also helps with the unit's signature program, Peer Assisted Learning.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2886
Elana Geller, Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator (On Leave)

Elana is interested in higher education, mentorship, academic integrity, and student development theory, which helps her in her role as Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator.  Elana has a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba and a further seven years of graduate work from the University of Western Ontario. Elana taught Philosophy (including courses in ethics, critical thinking and logic) for over ten years, at University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University. Elana worked for the Federal Government, Provincial (Manitoba) Government, as well as the University of Manitoba, as a Student Advocate, before joining the University Learning Centre at U of S. Beyond her interests mentioned above, Elana is also really interested in vanquishing ambiguity everywhere she finds it.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2646

Erin Holcomb, Assistant

As the Assistant for the University Learning Centre, Erin works with the staff in the unit with program organization and daily operations. She is the first person to greet you when you come to the ULC office, and is always ready to assist students find what they need. With the ULC since 2011, Erin has been creating the marketing materials for our programs and workshops. More recently she has also taken on the responsibility of the accounting and the HR requirements for both the ULC and the Gwenna Moss Centre.  Prior to moving back to Saskatchewan with her family, Erin worked in the accounting field and attended SAIT in Calgary.  While there, she found a passion for working with students in volunteer programs, first as a student leader and later from working within student support services programming.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.8056

 Gina Koehn, Learning Specialist

Gina is the Study Skills Coordinator within the University Learning Centre with a role of developing programs and services to support the development of learning skills and strategies of students at the U of S. Gina was instrumental in developing the culture of innovation and cooperation within the ULC when the unit was created in 2007.  Particularly dear to Gina is the model of peer support, empowering students to gain experience and further their skills in leadership, teaching and learning by working within ULC academic programming and services. 

Gina completed her M.Sc. in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence in Education in the area of Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Her research looked at ways to recognize patterns of behavior corresponding to common misconceptions students have in solving problems within mathematics.  Prior to working in the ULC, Gina worked within the Department of Computer Science where she was an instructor and Manager of Instructional Services, responsible for managing the development of online systems to support class and program delivery and student learning.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2738

 Holly Fraser, Math & Stats Help Coordinator

Holly Fraser has been our Math and Stats Coordinator since the ULC opened in 2007. She has been an integral part of many students' success in various disciplines. She is dedicated many hours over the years to one-on-one help. Holly holds a B.Sc. (Math) and B.Ed., both from the U of S. Prior to working in our Math & Stats Help Centre, Holly worked in similar positions helping students elsewhere on campus. Holly is also a figure skating enthusiast.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2742

 Jerrod Dietrich, Technology Help Coordinator
Jerrod Dietrich

Jerrod is the Tech Help Coordinator at the University Learning Centre. He provides support and guidance for a number of Technology Peer Mentors. Jerrod is a strong advocate of the importance of tech literacy for all students, faculty and staff. Beyond his role as Tech Help Coordinator he spends the majority of his time in the classroom teaching software courses for Information and Communications Technology. He specializes primarily in Adobe, Apple and Microsoft applications. As a student, Jerrod attended the University of Saskatchewan where he completed a B.A. and B.Ed. He taught briefly in the Saskatoon Public School system before securing his current position in ICT. 

In his “free-time” he enjoys wedding photography and graphic design.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.1194

 Joel Fonstad, Academic Transition and First-Year Enrichment Programs Coordinator

Joel Fonstad joined the University Learning Centre staff full time in 2010 as one of the Coordinators of the Learning Communities program after having worked in various capacities as a graduate student in the unit from 2008. In his M.A. (English) research, he studied the process of adaptation in relation to the headless horseman myth. He is happy to be currently working in a position where he gets to study the process of adaptation in relation to academic transition, student resilience, and motivation for learning. Joel has been known to work on the side as a Sessional Lecturer, teaching English and INTS 100 (Learning to Learn). According to one student evaluation, “Fonstad is fairly interesting, funny, and looks like David Spade.” He has resigned himself to the possibility that all three of these assertions are true. 

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.8057

Liv Marken, Writing Help Coordinator


As Writing Help coordinator, Liv Marken manages a team of graduate student tutors and undergraduate student peer mentors delivering tutoring and workshops. Liv also teaches Interdisciplinary Studies 100, "Learning to Learn: Strategies for Academic Success," and has been a sessional lecturer in the Department of English since 1999.  She has researched, presented, and published on "live" writing in the classroom, experiential learning, writing fellows programs for large classes, and tutor training. Liv is the staff advisor for the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal (USURJ). She is on the executive of the Canadian Writing Centres Association, and sits on the board of directors for READ Saskatoon. Before joining the ULC, Liv gave writing workshops to non-profits and business, did freelance editing, and taught business and technical communications at UBC Okanagan and the Edwards School of Business.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2771

 Sarah McCaslin, Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator

Sarah McCaslin joined the University Learning Centre in October 2014 as the Peer Assisted Learning Coordinator. She has a B.A. in History (University of Mary Washington), a M.Sc. by distinction in History (University of Edinburgh), and a Ph.D. in History (University of Edinburgh). While undertaking her doctoral studies, Sarah had the opportunity to teach British social history, Scottish history, and diaspora and migration history to undergraduate, graduate, and visiting study abroad students. While teaching, she developed a strong personal desire to help students succeed in their academic pursuits and develop skills that will help them flourish in their future professional endeavours. Her role at the ULC provides her with the perfect opportunity to fulfill these goals.

E-mail:     Phone: 306.966.2646