The Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers assistance to all Seton Hall students in their academic endeavors. Our free services include peer tutoring, individual appointments, online resources, group workshops and more.
ARC tutors are current Seton Hall faculty and undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their subject(s) and receive on-going training in encouraging academic success. Peer tutors are available for individual and small group appointments.
During the year, the ARC provides skill-building seminars and study skills workshops to enhance students’ academic skills and abilities. Some topics include stress and time management, note taking, preparing for exams, and test taking strategies. To further develop skills and strategies, the ARC provides a list of online tools and resources for the Seton Hall community.
On Reading Day every semester, the ARC hosts SHU Tutopia, a large-scale drop-in tutoring event.
The ARC works in collaboration with Freshman Studies, the Writing Center, Math Learning Lab, Tutors in Residence and academic departments to provide up-to-date tutoring schedules for the semester.
The mission of the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center is to help Seton Hall University students realize their full potential and reach beyond. The ARC brings together academic support services into one distinct area that nurtures student success. We promote student learning and academic excellence by providing opportunities to increase and improve academic achievement and performance.
The Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center strives to create a supportive learning environment that encourages students to become independent thinkers and learners.
Academic Resources Center Staff
Monica Burnette, M.A.
Director of the Academic Resource Center
Monica Burnette is originally from San Francisco, CA, and graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University. Through her experience in undergraduate and graduate admissions and advising, Monica is passionate about helping students set and achieve their personal and academic goals. In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and running.
Elizabeth Bracey, M.A.
Freshman Mentor, Freshman Studies
Elizabeth Bracey graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007 with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology and English, and she earned her M.A. in English from Seton Hall University. She is an avid reader, aspiring hiker, and unabashed Zumba enthusiast. Her favorite authors are Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Donna Tartt. What is Elizabeth's advice to incoming students? "Your opinion matters! Be vocal about your questions and ideas and trust that your professors are listening!"
Wendiann Sethi, M.A.
Director of Developmental Mathematics & Coordinator of Math Tutoring
Wendiann Sethi is the director of the Developmental Mathematics program at Seton Hall University. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching lower-level Mathematics classes ranging from Basic Mathematics to Business Calculus and Statistics. She has taught at Seton Hall University and SUNY at Buffalo. Wendiann has a Master’s of Science in Mathematics from Seton Hall University and a Masters of Arts in Statistics from SUNY at Buffalo. She is a professional and personal coach and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Kelly Shea, Ph.D.
Director of the Writing Center
Kelly Shea is associate professor an associate professor of English and director of the Seton Hall University Writing Center. She is also a co-leader of the SHU core curriculum development committee on reading- and writing-intensive courses and a Senior Faculty Fellow working with the university's Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center on electronic portfolios, course management systems, and other pedagogy-improvement initiatives. She teaches undergraduate and graduate composition and literature courses and studies writing, teaching, and technology issues – and their intersections. She is currently compiling the results of a research study on the uses of SHU's on-line writing lab as well as working on projects relating to faculty development and writing-across-the-curriculum programs and the care and feeding of faculty writing groups. Dr. Shea received her Ph.D. in reading/writing/literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.