Part 9: Academic Services

9.1 Gleeson Library

9.2 The Learning Center

9.3 School of Education Writing Support Program 

9.4 Student Disability Services 


9.6 Student Groups

9.1 Gleeson Library:

The University’s Library is constantly increasing its collection and services to meet the needs of the students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the University. 
Study in a quiet place; find a citation; print your paper before class… For complete library hours visit: All students are encouraged to become familiar with what the library provides as soon as possible. Tours of Gleeson Library/Geschke Center are given at the beginning of the semester, and on the first Monday of each month. These tours introduce students to the building and many of the services. Students meet in front of the Circulation Desk at the entrance of the Library. 
The Library’s website is excellently organized to provide information and access to their collection, facilities, and services. Students may visit:

… in order to browse and find information on:

  • The Ignacio Online Library Catalog and research databases; 
  • Interlibrary loans and Link+;
  • E-book collections; “ebrary” and Gale Virtual Reference Library; 
  • “Ask A Librarian” for expert assistance; 
  • Borrowing and renewing; 
  • Study areas, computer labs, photocopying; 

…and much more! 

Students must possess a valid USF ID to access the library building, check out books and obtain other library services. 
To Contact the library, students may call: (415) 422-2660 or visit:

9.2 The Learning Center: 

The USF Learning Center & Writing Center, located in Cowell Hall, Room 227, is operated by Academic Support Services and provides assistance with:

  • Tutoring                        
  • Developing study groups
  • Writing                          
  • Computer and other learning resources
  • Academic counseling        
  • Special help with statistics

Weekend group and individual tutoring hours are available. The Writing Center is staffed with trained writing teachers who will work with students to improve their writing skills. Staff members will provide feedback on the drafts students bring to review and can tailor their instruction to meet students’ individual needs.
For more information, students may call (415) 422-6713, send an e-mail to:, or visit:

9.3 School of Education Writing Support Program:

Thanks to the generosity of the SOE Deans Office, we now have a Writing Support Program for SOE graduate students that includes one-on-one coaching as well as drop-in sessions on teaching Saturdays. 

Individual Coaching 

Please let your advisor or Department Chair know if you would like to work one-on-one with a writing coach, especially if you are enrolled in a dissertation or MA Field Project course this semester. Based upon your needs and interests, you will be assigned a writing coach with whom you will meet regularly either online or in-person. 

Drop-in Writing Space  

We offer open writing sessions on teaching Saturdays from 10am -2pm, alternating between Room ED 105 (8/24, 9/21, 10/19, & 11/16) and Newman Library (ED 233) (9/7, 10/5, 11/2, & 12/7). All students can come simply to be in a supportive space with others or to receive specific direction from a coach. One coach will be present at each session. No appointment needed – just drop by!  

Professor Susan Katz, IME

9.4 Student Disability Services: 

Student Disability Services (SDS) promotes a fully integrated University experience for students with disabilities by ensuring that students have equal access to all areas of university life and receive appropriate educational support and services to foster their academic and personal success.

The office of Student Disability Services (SDS) is located in the lower level of the Gleeson Library, Room 20. To make use of services, a student must disclose disability status to SDS.  Students may visit the SDS website for specific information, guidelines, the handbook, frequently asked questions, contact information, and more:

Main phone: (415) 422-2613; E-mail: The office is open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Once registered with SDS, SOE students can set up a phone appointment or a Zoom meeting with their specialist by calling the main phone number.

9.5 is our online video tutorial platform, which is free to all students, faculty and staff. You can watch thousands of high-quality video courses on the latest software tools and skills. Learn Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and more. To access Lynda, use your USF login credentials at 

9.6 Student Groups:

School of Education graduate students find opportunities to participate in student life through graduate associations.
Student Groups aim to assist you in your academic and professional goals by providing resources and information and encouraging involvement in activities and events for a full learning experience.

  • Educators for Social Justice (E4SJ): An organization supporting pre-service teachers in building relationships with peers and colleagues in the Bay Area. E4SJ seeks to build the capacity of all educators to address root causes of systems of oppression at individual, group, and societal levels.
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA): A student body representing and serving all credential, master’s, and doctoral level School of Education (SOE) students. The GSA is organized in order to examine, formulate, and implement programs to improve the educational experience of SOE students. More about the GSA »
  • Graduate Student Senate (GSS): Created to represent, lead, and unify the Associated Graduate Students of the University of San Francisco (AGSUSF), the GSS is the official representative body of USF graduate students and the primary means for students to participate in campus governance on campus. More about the GSS »
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Association (MFTGA): A student organization to provide support, resources, and community to marriage and family therapy (MFT) graduate professionals. MFTGA serves as an advocate and provides opportunities for professional and social development as well as community involvement.
  • Phi Delta Kappa (PDK): Promotes quality education that is essential to the development and maintenance of a democracy. Through continual interpretation and implementation of research, service, and leadership, PDK incorporates these instruments into a program of action which is appropriate to all aspects of education delivery and receipt. More about PDK»
  • Student Affairs Professional Association (SAPA): An association to foster holistic development of student affairs professionals by bridging academic, practical, and personal experiences. Through networking and support, SAPA aims to provide opportunities to enhance relationships among students, alumni, faculty, and staff.