Meet the Team

Kim Rutledge

Learning Center Director
Kim RutledgeKim is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Retail Merchandising from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University. Working in the Learning Center, Kim’s greatest joy is regularly interacting with students and helping them take steps to achieve their goals. In her free time, Kim enjoys knitting, reading, watching movies, and exploring the city.

Leslie Dennen

Writing Center Director
Leslie DennenLeslie is the director of the Writing Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Language. She received her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Certificate in Composition from San Francisco State University. She received her Doctorate in Education from USF in 2007. Her research interests include cognitive epistemology, student learning and writing practices, and writing center research.

Jacquelyn R. Horton

Speaking Center Director
Jacquelyn is the director of the USF Speaking Center and an instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Language. She received her Masters of Arts in Communication Studies and Certificate in Composition from San Francisco State University. She has worked as a public speaking instructor and professional speaking coach for over ten years, teaching university students, community members, and industry leaders to become successful at the challenging task of public address. Jacquelyn’s greatest joy is preparing peer tutors for their coaching work in the USF Speaking Center.

Rachel Brunson

Rachel BrunsonLearning Center Assistant Director
Rachel graduated from USF’s School of Education with a Master of Arts in Organization & Leadership (emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs) in 2013, after receiving her Bachelors degree in English from Notre Dame de Namur University in 2011. She is originally from Angels Camp, CA, a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rachel is passionate about enriching student success and impacting student persistence through collaborative learning and peer leadership; she is grateful to work with The Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers to cultivate individualized learning environments for USF students.

Haley Rietman

Learning Center Program AssistantHaley Rietman
Haley grew up in San Diego, CA. She also attended college in Southern California at Chapman University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time at Chapman, she worked in their events department and as a tutor, which allowed her to realize the passion she has for working in higher education.  Haley hopes that through her work in the Learning Center, she will be able to encourage students to achieve their academic goals which will in turn benefit their overall success.  Haley’s passions include traveling, exercising and reading and when she has spare time she likes to explore San Francisco.

Contact Info

Learning, Writing, and Speaking Centers

Gleeson Library
Lower Level, G03
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6713 (415) 422-2194


Learning Center

Writing Center

Speaking Center