Meet our Staff

Meet the Office of Academic Support Staff

For immediate questions, please email academic_support@auburn.edu or call (344) 844-3856.

Samantha Ansley

Samantha Ansley, M.Ed., LPC

Coordinator, Academic Coaching

  • Hometown: Los Gatos, California
  • Advice to AU students: Be proactive in connecting to resources on campus and try them out as often as possible until you find what works for you. Then keep trying because sometimes what works best can change.
  • Study tip: My quick study tip is to set start dates for yourself. Students may focus so much on deadlines and due dates that they forget to start. Set yourself up for success by using starting dates for assignments, papers, and test prep.
  • Favorite lunch spot: Crepe Myrtle Café (I recommend the Greek Chicken Savory Crepe!)
Sandy Baker, Administrative Associate II

Sandy Baker

Administrative Associate II

  • Hometown: Reeltown, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about AU: I absolutely love the atmosphere! Always a smiling face or a friendly WAR EAGLE.
  • Study tip: Stick to a routine, efficient study schedule.
  • Advice to AU Students: If you are taking 12 credit hours, you should plan to spend 24 hours a week on homework. Twelve hours of class time, plus 24 hours of homework time equals 36 hours devoted to school each week. This is the equivalent of a full-time job!
  • Favorite lunch spot: Jimmy John’s
Tamara Bowden

Tamara Bowden, M.Ed.

Coordinator, Study Partners

  • Hometown: Athens, Georgia
  • Favorite thing about AU: You feel as if you know almost everyone, but are able to meet a new friend every day.
  • Advice to AU students: “Ms. Bowden’s Five Involvement Challenges”:  1)  Get involved with an organization or activity that connects with your major; 2) Join an activity that you feel passionate about; 3) Seek out opportunities to get out of your comfort zone; 4) Gain a leadership position; and 5) Seek out ways to get others involved too!
  • Study tips: Put your phone away, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted by social media. Seek out study groups by befriending others especially in your most difficult classes but all groups are not made equally so find one that is focused and not distracting.
  • Favorite lunch spots: Hamilton’s, Amsterdam’s, Toomer’s Drugs
Jessica Koehler

Jessica Koehler, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction

  • Hometown: Flowery Branch, Georgia
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: I love the campus itself—walking around on a beautiful day. It just feels like home.
  • Advice to AU students: Use all the amazing resources you have at your fingertips! From SI Leaders and Coaches, to advisors and RAs, and counselors and club leaders, there are so many people here dedicated to help you succeed! Let them help!
  • Favorite study spot: Outside in a quad space or the study room in a residence hall
  • Study tip: Use trial and error on your study habits until you find one that works for you. It might not be the same approach you used in high school or the same as a friend, and that’s okay! Find what works for you at this time and stick with it!
  • Favorite lunch spot: Newk’s
Jaime Miller

Jaime Miller, M.Ed.

Director, Student Academic Support

  • Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The Auburn Family is real! I love the community of students, faculty, staff, and advisors at AU.
  • Study tip: Take 10 minutes immediately after class to review your notes and identify gaps in your understanding of the course content. Meet with your professor to gain clarification. Use the resources available to you throughout the entire semester.
  • Favorite lunch spots: Little Italy and Chicken Salad Chick
Allison Stewart

Allison Stewart, M.Ed.

Coordinator, Outreach & Special Programs

  • Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Advice to AU students: Recognize that you are the expert on you. Avoid choosing classes, majors, and experiences just because “everyone” seems to be making those choices. Explore unique paths that are going to help you grow as a person and as a professional.
  • Study tip: Create your own test questions while reading through the material. Going over your notes and textbook through this lens will help you identify what a professor may ask on an exam.
  • Favorite lunch spots: Momma Goldberg’s or Big Blue Bagel

Meet the Undergraduate Student Employees

Madison Church

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Mobile, AL
  • Favorite thing about Auburn: I love the energy on campus on game days! Everyone is so friendly, and the campus is blanketed in orange and blue.
  • Advice to students: Be BRAVE, in all things. On the first day of class, find your professor’s office and meet them. Establish that personal connection. Pick a club, go to meetings, and get involved. If there’s an event on campus you want to go but your friends aren’t interested, go alone! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, because college is all about developing the very best YOU!
  • Study tip: You are not the only person taking this class. Make connections with classmates. Establish study groups. Be productive when you are with them. Email your professor whenever you have a question. Memorize their office hours. Use the people around you to have the best classroom experience!
  • Favorite lunch spot: Big Blue Bagel. Take it to-go and enjoy on Samford Lawn.

Kelsey Halla

Technology Director

  • Hometown: Gurley, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about AU: What’s not to love? I have so many favorites that I can’t even choose just one.
  • Advice to AU students: Get involved in as much as you can! You’ll meet some of the best people that way!
  • Favorite lunch spot: Chick-fil-a

Lesley Hill

Marketing Specialist

  • Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama 
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The Office of Academic Support
  • Advice to AU students: Please don’t be afraid to seek and accept help. There are countless resources on this campus that have YOU in mind, so be vocal about your problems, because someone will hear you and they will help you. 
  • Favorite lunch spot: Amsterdam Food Truck
Matt Hultstrand

Matthew Hultstrand

Technology Assistant

  • Hometown: Vestavia, AL
  • Favorite thing about Auburn: The passion of the students. Auburn students love their university, and it is evident in any activity on campus.
  • Advice to students: Talk to others. Professors and other students are more than willing to help and it helps you to stand out.
  • Favorite lunch spot: Island Wing Company
Will Hurst

Will Hurst

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Huntsville, AL
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The friendships I’ve made.
  • Advice to AU students:  Don’t give up on finding the right path for you.  My fist few years at Auburn were like a roller coaster.  I’ve had to try out three different majors, and took me three and a half yeas to finally find the one that fit.  Since then I’ve been crushing it!  Also, at the beginnig of each semester, hand write all due dates of assignments, homework, projects, ad tests in a planner.  This will help in the long run.
  • Favorite lunch spot: I am a sucker for Mexican food, so Salsarita’s on campus, or either Chipotle and Moe’s off campus!
  • Favorite study spot: Office of Academic Support suite, or home.
Lauren Little

Lauren Little

Technology Assistant

  • Hometown: Navarre, Florida
  • Advice to AU students:  One of the best decisions I made when coming to Auburn was getting involved in clubs and organizations on and off campus.  Finding people to support you through your college career helps so much and will make a huge difference in all aspects of your life.
  • Favorite lunch spot: Taziki’s