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									                                  SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
                                  SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

                                  Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs and Student Services

Dear students, friends, and colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Linda Sullivan will become Tufts’ next Director of Disability Services on
July 1. In this role, Linda will support self-identified students with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate
or graduate studies in Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Her mission is to make a Tufts education
accessible for students with disabilities and to allow those students to participate as fully as possible in
their Tufts experience. She will be responsible for interpreting psycho-educational, neuropsychological,
and medical documentation and determining reasonable academic accommodations based on that
documentation and in accordance with ADA standards. Linda will also work with faculty, deans, and
other administrators to make classrooms and curricula inclusive for students with disabilities, and she
will work across campus to promote greater awareness about disabilities. A large part of this job
involves working closely with students as they transition to college and learn new compensatory
strategies and how to advocate for themselves effectively.

Linda has been acting as interim director of Disability Services since November, while our long-time
director Sandra Baer was on an extended medical leave. Linda did an outstanding job filling in while
continuing in her own role as Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center in charge of our Time
Management & Study Strategies Program. As Linda transitions into this new role, she will bring new
technology and new efficiencies to an office that has grown tremendously in size and complexity over
the past decade.

Linda is a Tufts alumna, having completed her MA in Child Development in 2010. She will complete her
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State in August
along with obtaining her Massachusetts Mental Health Counseling licensure at that time. Linda has
worked at the ARC since 2008, when she became a Time Management & Study Strategies Consultant
and then a Master’s Intern in our office, before becoming Assistant Director in 2010. She has also served
as an academic advisor for Tufts, teaching a first-year seminar called Effective Learning for the Research
University Environment. Beyond Tufts, Linda is a private educational coach, has taught psychology
courses in development at Lasell College and Simmons College, served as a mental health counselor at a
local middle school, and was Assistant Director and Lead Teacher at a child care center for several years.
While Linda has expertise and experience in child development from infancy to emerging adulthood
(ages 18-24), her academic research has focused on the intersection of mental health and learning in
emerging adult populations.

Because Linda will be leaving her position directing Tufts’ Time Management & Study Strategies
Program, we are now beginning a search for a new Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center
and hope to have that position filled by the beginning of the fall semester.

Please join me in congratulating Linda on her promotion and extending her support as she embarks on
her new role.


Carmen Lowe
Dean of Academic Advising & Undergraduate Studies
Tufts University

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