Meet the StaffFor questions, email us at email@example.com.
Marina oversees the unit’s programming, with a focus on promoting learning and academic success for Northwestern undergraduates, and creating a culture of academic help-seeking and help-giving at Northwestern. She has been a member of Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching since 2003, and continues in her role as one of its associate directors. She is also a lecturer in Northwestern's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program. Her research addresses the undergraduate experience in learning environments, for instance the role of academic diversity in small learning groups, the student–professor relationship, and social comparison in collaborative learning experiences.
In her pre-Northwestern days, Marina worked for nearly ten years in publishing and corporate communication, and has taught courses in intercultural communication, multicultural education, and educational research methods. She received her B.A from Grinnell College in anthropology and French, and holds an M.A. in communication and a Ph.D. in education, both from the University of Minnesota.
See Marina's recent publications and presentations.
Jamila manages the Peer-Guided Study Groups (social sciences and biology), the Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL), and the Student-Organized Seminar Leader Development program.
Prior to joining Northwestern in 2016, Jamila served as a Student Involvement Advisor in the Center for Leadership and Involvement at the University of Chicago. In that role, she advised a diverse portfolio of student organizations, facilitated leadership programs, and led the New Student Organization training program. Jamila received a B.A. in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Una manages the Drop-In Tutoring and Peer Academic Coaching programs.
Prior to making a career shift into higher education, Una worked as an environmental policy analyst for a variety of organizations, focusing on energy and sustainability. She is currently president of her local school district’s board of education, and has served on the school board and volunteered extensively in K-12 education for over ten years. She has been with Northwestern since 2015. Una received a B.Sc. in biology from McGill University, and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.
Borislava manages Peer-Guided Study Groups (STEM courses except biology) as well as the Academic Strategies Workshop program.
Before coming to Northwestern in 2017, Borislava worked for 12 years at Northeastern Illinois University, first as Writing Specialist and then Assistant Director of the Learning Support Center. Her work’s focus and personal joy is in guiding students on the road to achieving academic success and realizing their full potential. Borislava is proud to have started her own career as a peer leader while working on her degree.
Borislava holds a B.A. in English from National-Louis University and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.