Senior Associate Director
Lauren Hensley is Senior Associate Director of the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center and has been part of the center’s leadership team since 2008. Her efforts focus on developing and managing college success courses, leading the center’s instructional team, conducting educational research, and collaborating with other university units on initiatives that support students’ learning and motivation. Her passion for working in higher education developed steadily during her time as an undergraduate student holding positions and internships in academic advising, admissions, the writing center, and the Spanish intensive language program. She received her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) from The Ohio State University. While a student in the HESA program, she taught the center’s flagship college success course as a graduate teaching associate and complemented her coursework through practicums in undergraduate admissions and first-year experience, academic advising, and the scholars program. Prior to her current role as Senior Associate Director, she served as Coordinator of Learning Services, Instructional Systems Specialist, Interim Director, and Associate Director. In these roles, she provided leadership for the center’s college success courses, outreach activities, workshop programs, and academic coaching services. She is a graduate of Ohio State’s Educational Psychology doctoral program, where she received the Loadman Dissertation Award for her research on active procrastination and Board of Trustees’ Recognition Award for leadership and scholarship. She also has been honored for her contributions through the Office of Disability Services Special Recognition Award, the Department of Educational Studies Mentor of the Year Award, and The Ohio State University Distinguished Staff Award. She holds level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association, the highest certification in the field, and is passionate about developing strong teams and meaningful learning experiences to support student engagement, retention, and success.