Meet the Staff


The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is located on both campuses. If you have questions, please use this direct link to our office email address, and your email will be responded to by the appropriate person. In your email, please specify if you are a Chicago campus student.

Alison May, Assistant Dean of Students & Director

Alison May, Assistant Director in Evanston, standing outside scott hall, click to enlarge

Phone: 847-467-5532
Email: a-may@northwestern.edu

As Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Alison is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the office and her Dean of Students colleagues, which includes promoting universal design for learning throughout the University. She also provides academic coaching to students, and, in collaboration with students and faculty, determines reasonable accommodations and services. She has loved serving in the SSD Office since 2007, and most of her work has focused on partnering with colleagues to raise awareness of disabilities as a form of diversity and to enhance web accessibility.

Prior to Northwestern, Alison taught and directed programs supporting first-generation-college, low-income, and students with disabilities at Oakton Community College and Columbia College Chicago. Alison received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dartmouth and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Northwestern. In her free time, she enjoys reading and researching interventions geared towards improving students’ well-being. Alison can be reached at a-may@northwestern.edu (preferred) or 847-467-5532.  Her office is located in Scott Hall, Room 21.

Timothy Montgomery, Assistant Director- Chicago Campus

Tim Montgomery, Assistant Director in Chicago, standing outside Scott Hall, click to enlarge

Phone: 312-503-4042
Email: timothy-montgomery@northwestern.edu

As Assistant Director of Services for Students with Disabilities,  Tim assists the SSD students on the Chicago campus with providing reasonable accommodations in their schools/programs which include the Feinberg School of Medicine, Law School, Graduate School, Physician’s Assistant, Physical Therapy, Distance Learning, Kellogg PT/MBA, and School of Continuing Studies.

Tim holds a Bachelor's degree in special education ('82) and a Master's degree in education ('84), both from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Tim has spent the past 11 years working in the areas of academic support/disability services in higher education; taught special education for 20 years at the middle/high school levels; taught at the college level, providing undergraduate supervision of student teachers in the field placements and graduate courses in education/special education; and taught Adult Education: GED Prep. Tim can be reached at timothy-montgomery@northwestern.edu or  312-503-4042. His office is located in Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 500

Clay Littrell, Assistant Director/Assistive Technology Specialist- Evanston

Clay Littrell

Phone: 847-491-2960
Email: clayton.littrell@northwestern.edu

As Assistant Director of Services for Students with Disabilities,  Clay assists students on the Evanston campus with providing reasonable accommodations in their schools/programs. As assistive technology specialist, he works with students, staff, and faculty to come to best-fit solutions for acquiring and maintaining equal access for Northwestern’s students with disabilities.

Clay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (’03), and a Master’s degree in Education (’12), both from San Diego State University.

Clay has worked in disability services since 2005, and is an expert in matching students to usable assistive technology that best fits their needs. He believes strongly in the benefits of universal design for all students, and is a university-wide advocate for the promotion of UDL. Clay can be reached at clayton.littrell@northwestern.edu (preferred) or 847-491-2960. His office is located in Scott Hall, Room 21.

Cari Pinckney, Program Assistant- Evanston

Cari Pinckney

Phone: 847-467-5530
Email: caroline.pinckney@northwestern.edu

On the Evanston campus, Cari works as the Administrative Assistant in the Services for Students with Disabilities office. Cari is the first point of contact for our office, whether she is welcoming visitors, handling phone calls and emails, or scheduling appointments and meetings. She is also in charge of coordinating accommodations for students with disabilities, such as hiring notetakers and proctoring students' exams. Cari attended UW-Madison, where she graduated with a B.A. in Art History. She enjoys running, reading, and cheering her home teams, the Packers and the Blackhawks.







Candice Gant, Program Assistant for CAPS and SSD-Chicago

Candice Gant, Program Assistant in Chicago, standing outside Scott Hall, click to enlarge

Phone: 312-503-0936
Email: c-gant@northwestern.edu

Candice works primarily on the Chicago campus and in conjunction with the Counseling and Psychological Services and Services for Students with Disabilities departments since Fall 2010. Candice holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University(‘10).