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Disability Support Services
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The goal of the Disability Support Services staff is to assist students who can benefit from higher education and assist them in reaching their academic potential. The DSS office provides a comfortable transition from high school to the SIUE campus. Students are encouraged to frequent the DSS office and enjoy the opportunity to meet other students in a relaxing atmosphere.
Phil Pownall, Director

Phillip A. Pownall has been the Director of the SIUE Disability Support Services since January of 2008. Before coming to SIUE, he was the Director of the Office of Disability Services at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR from 2004 - 2007. Prior to that time, Phil was the Coordinator of Disability Services at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 1997 - 2004. In addition, he was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for four years. Phil received his BA in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1992 as well as his MS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1994.

Contact Phil at (618) 650-3726 or by email at


James (Jim) F. Boyle

James (Jim) F. Boyle is the Learning Disabilities Specialist at Disability Support Services and has been serving in that capacity since August of 2000. Before coming to SIUE, Jim worked at a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities for 12 years. Jim received his BA from Illinois College in 1985 and a MA degree in Clinical Adult Psychology in 1997 from SIUE.

Contact Jim at (618) 650-2568 or by email at


Andrew (Andy) Koch is the Office Support Specialist for the Disability Support Services Office. He joined the office staff on March 12, 2012. Andy's duties consist of supporting the professional staff of the office and maintaining records, handling purchasing, and monitoring the budget, in addition to staffing the front desk, assisting the clerk, and supervising DSS's student workers. Prior to being employed at SIUE, he served as the editor of the Times-Tribune newspaper in Troy.

Contact Andy at (618) 650-3726 or by email at


Lawrence Martin is the Accommodations Clerk at Disability Support Services. Lawrence's primary duties include scheduling/proctoring students' exams and converting textbooks into various alternate formats. Lawrence joined the DSS team on March 4, 2013.

Contact Lawrence at (618) 650-5692 or by email at

Test or textbook information should be submitted to the DSS office at


In April 2014, Monique Stroud was selected to serve as DSS's first Teaching Assistant. Monique's primary duty will be the management of DSS's planned Online Learning Community for students with disabilities. Her other duties will consist of coordinating programming like September's Disability Awareness Month and March's Great Disability Challenge, as well as conducting research and analyzing data trends.

Monique received her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from SIUE in December 2013. She is furthering her education at SIUE by pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Adult Psychology.

To contact Monique, please call (618) 650-3726 or email her at


Our student workers are an integral part of the Disability Support Services office. They help their students with disabilities through the proctoring of their exams, providing computer assistance, serving as couriers, and in many other ways that help ensure all students' academic accommodations can be met.

Rachael Hass joined the DSS staff during the Fall 2013 semester. Rachael is a senior from Geneva, Illinois who is planning to graduate in Spring 2015 with a degree in Special Education.

Charlene Yu is DSS's newest student worker, having joined the team in Fall 2014. Charlene is majoring in Chemistry and will be graduating in Spring 2015.

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