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The Center for Academic Resources (CARs)

From free academic coaching to writing guidance to tutoring, we're here every step of your success story!

Welcome to CARs! Our staff is here to help you succeed as you navigate through your time at Simpson, whether on the Indianola, the West Des Moines campus, or online.

Meet our staff:

Sarah Davitt, Academic Coach
"I work at Simpson to help make sure YOU find success here at school, just as the Simpson staff and faculty did for me." 

Corey Landstrom, Executive Director of the Center for Academic Resources
"My entire professional career has been at five other residential, liberal arts colleges like Simpson. The community orientation at a place like Simpson best serves students when we all engage to foster your success; this is what drives my work. As an undergraduate, I was a peer advisor for first-year students and students who were in the academic probation process. I now have the privilege of supporting Simpson peer educators who are campus leaders making a difference."

Karen Lynch, Director of Student Accessibility Services
Karen earned her degrees in Education and Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Iowa. After teaching in K-12 schools for many years, Karen’s focus shifted to student support. In recent years, she has been an executive function coach and a passionate advocate for students, educators and families. Karen’s primary focus with her recent work has been supporting students with the transition from high school to college.

In her time away from work, she loves to spend time with her family and two dogs, Riley and Xena. Karen loves being outdoors especially hiking, biking, gardening and sailing. Karen also enjoys playing and listening to music.

One of Karen's favorite, meaningful quotes encompasses her approach to her work: “When we study together, we learn together, we work together, and we prosper together.” – Barak Obama

Colin Payton, Director of the Simpson Writing Center 
"Read anything, write anything, speak on anything: These were my goals as a student, and my mission is to help Simpson students flourish with these communication skills, too. Building on my broad composition studies background, I train our excellent writing consultants to work with any student from any major at any stage of the composing process."


If you have further questions as a prospective student or guest, please contact the Executive Director of the Center for Academic Resources at car@simpson.edu.