Tutoring Staff

Sonja Fordham, PhD, Director, Writing Center and Tutoring Center

Sonja Fordham received her BS from Southern Adventist University, her MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of New England, and her PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. She spent 13 years teaching English in South Korea, where she discovered a love for Korean food. She then spent six years in Tucson, AZ, teaching English composition and working on her PhD. In 2014, she joined the faculty at Southern as the director of the Writing Center, and in 2017, she also became the director of the Tutoring Center. In her free time, she loves to run marathons and ultramarathons.

If you would like to schedule a meeting or writing consultation with Dr. Fordham, schedule an appointment online or contact via email.  

Becky Brooks, Tutoring Center Office Manager

Becky Brooks became the office manager for the Tutoring Center in 2019. She loves the satisfying rush of approving the tutors' time cards each week, making sure these diligent students get paid for their hard work. She has been happily married to her husband for many years and can often be found sharing fun new experiences around town with him and their two young daughters. Her skills as a critical thinker, problem solver, and creative visionary have proved useful as she and a group of cohorts have completed a number of escape rooms around town with a 100-percent success rate (so far). She also enjoys a good mystery dinner costume party for fun. In addition, Becky works in publication layout and design, is the editor of her church's newsletter, and likes organizing the closets in her home.

Newal Habib, Tutor Coordinator

Nawal Habib is one of the tutor coordinators and enjoys meeting students and tutors and helping them with their appointments and questions. She is currently working on her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in mental health. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is interested in psychology, mental health, reading, and getting to know new people

Brittney Fink, Embedded Tutor Coordinator

Brittney Finck is a CRLA certified Embedded Tutor Coordinator who works to help students achieve academic success through managing and continually bettering the Embedded Tutor Program. But that’s not all! Brittney is studying to get her BBA in Finance so she can bring her budgeting nerdiness to its fulfillment and become a Certified Financial Planner. With her rays of wisdom and versatility, Brittney has the tools to help students with anything from their Statistics and Accounting classes to helping them plan their future. In her free time, when she isn’t budgeting like mad, she is writing and creating music as an expression of her love for life. If you come by the Tutoring Center, come by and meet Brittney, the songwriting, budget-crazy, ice-cream-loving Embedded Tutor Coordinator.