About Us


The Learning Commons, the tutoring service at Bowling Green State University, opened in the Fall of 2011 through the consolidation of the former Study Skills Center, Writing Center, and Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Center. The 13,500 square feet of space currently existing within the library was the result of an $800,000 renovation project approved by the Board of Trustees. The Learning Commons boasts 28 desktop computers and 21 laptop computers available for student and tutor use, 13 individual and group study rooms, and a reservable presentation area equipped with a 60-inch flat screen monitor and a Smart Board.

Tutoring is available in virtually every subject on campus. Mathematics and Statistics tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis as are many other subject areas (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Economics). Group tutoring is available in most subjects; study groups are created upon requests from students. Writing consultations are available by appointment with a trained Writing Consultant on a one-on-one basis to assist with writing for courses across the curriculum. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is available in historically challenging courses.

The Learning Commons has become a destination on the new student tours of campus. Various events now incorporate visiting The Learning Commons, including the Academic Challenge within residence halls. Greek Fraternities and Sororities, BGSU athletics, and student organizations utilize the tracking system implemented within The Learning Commons for verification of study tables. Historically, 49% of the students that visit The Learning Commons maintain at or above a 3.0 GPA.

Mission Statement

The Learning Commons provides students with academic resources that foster independent learning. The highly trained professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff utilizes technology and additional resources to offer individual and group tutoring and consultations tailored to meet the needs of any student in any course at any time in the learning process.

Vision Statement

To be the premier academic resource dedicated to all students graduating with the competence and confidence to utilize the skills, tools, and resources available to achieve their goals.

Core Values

The Learning Commons is committed to:

  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Accessibility
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence

Staff Directory

Full-Time Staff

Travis Brown

Position: Director
Phone: 419-372-6067
Email: brownst@bgsu.edu

Jason Clevenger

Position: Writing Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-8319
Email: jcleven@bgsu.edu


Donna Dick

Position: Tutor Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-8345
Email: ddick@bgsu.edu


Tracy Foos

Position: Learning Specialist
Phone: 419-372-2855
Email: tlfoos@bgsu.edu

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Christine Hesterman

Position: Secretary
Phone: 419-372-9142
Email: hesterc@bgsu.edu


Debbie Hine

Position: Secretary
Phone: 419-372-2221
Email: dhine@bgsu.edu


Jeremy Joseph

Position: Mathematics, Statistics, and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-9129
Email: jjoseph@bgsu.edu


Jessica Oetjens

Position: Learning Specialist
Phone: 419-372-2854
Email: joetjen@bgsu.edu

Graduate Assistants

Anna DiAsio
Ashley Justice
Akhil Sathu