Academic Support Office of the Provost

Meet our Staff

Meet the Academic Support Staff

For assistance, please email academic_support@auburn.edu.

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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: Niffer’s. Auburn classic.
Contact Samantha with questions about the Academic Coaching program.
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Sandy Mason

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
Contact Sandy with questions about student employment paperwork and e-bill charges.
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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
Contact Tamara with questions about the Study Partners program. 
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Ashley Christine Carr, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction

  • Hometown: Athens, Georgia
  • Advice to AU students: Pay attention to your health and check out the many support services available to you to keep your mind, body, and spirit sound.
  • Favorite study spot: A Supplemental Instruction session! SI is informed by learning theory that tells us that social interaction and collaboration are critical to learning. An SI session provides the opportunity to grapple with and make meaning of difficult content alongside and with the support of peers.
  • Favorite thing about Auburn: The incredible commitment I see Auburn students making to serve, lead, and do quality work is my favorite thing about Auburn.
Contact Dr. Carr with questions about the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program.

Tim Larson

Admin Support Asst I – Admin

  • Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: Genuine community
  • Study tip: Eliminate potential distractions and external stressors ahead of time
  • Favorite lunch spots: La Plaza, The Hound
Contact Tim with questions about Academic Support programs and services. 
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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
Contact Jaime with questions about Academic Support programs and services. 
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Allison Stadler, 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
Contact Allison with questions about Plainsmen’s Prep, Study Smart, or Academic Support presentations and workshops.

Meet the Main Office Graduate Student Employees

For assistance, please email academic_support@auburn.edu or call (334) 844-5972.

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Kaylee Short

Graduate Assistant, Outreach & Special Programs

  • Hometown: Lyndon Station, Wisconsin
  • Advice to AU Students: Be resourceful. There are so many resources on Auburn’s campus that are here for you, so make sure you utilize them!
  • Favorite Lunch Spot: Au Bon Pain in the Student Center!
  • Favorite Thing about AU: The people! Everyone that I have interacted with on Auburn’s campus is very kind and cares about student success.

Meet the Main Office Undergraduate Student Employees

For assistance, please email academic_support@auburn.edu or call (334) 844-5972.

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Marla Jo Lindsey

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Opp, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The people. Everyone has their own vibe; some are laid-back, some are pro-active, but they all have the same love for the Auburn family.
  • My advice to Auburn University students: Get out there! Join group chats related to your class, go to SI sessions, find at least two new best friends. These are the years of your life that count the most, and no one should have to go it alone!
  • Study Tip: Hand write your notes. Sounds like a lot of work for each class, but I promise you, the material comes more naturally when you manually write out the information.
  • My favorite lunch spots: Niffer’s
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Sam McCurdy

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Conyers, Georgia
  • Advice to Auburn University students: Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone during your time at Auburn University. The University is full of opportunities, but it is up to you to be bold enough to take advantage of them.
  • Study tip: Rewrite your notes. I always go through my notes and rewrite them after lectures. It helps me critically organize my thoughts, make connections, and reread and review the information that I learned during the lecture.
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Anna Musulman

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The traditions – everything from rolling Toomer’s Corner to flying the eagle before football games.
  • My advice to Auburn University students: Use the resources on campus. Take time to look into all the services offered and set yourself up for success early.
  • Study tip: Study with other people in your class. When you can explain a topic to someone else, you know you’ve mastered it.
  • My favorite lunch spots: Au Bon Pain or the Crepe Myrtle food truck
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Whitney Say

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University:The people! People here love Auburn and believe in what it stands for and that passion is contagious.
  • My advice to Auburn University students:Schedule time to take care of yourself. College life can get busy fast, so it’s important to take time to de-stress and stay healthy.
  • Study Tip: Evaluate your study methods based on each class. Studying isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing, so taking time to figure out the best study strategies for each course you are in will pave the way for success.
  • My favorite lunch spots: Chicken Salad Chick or Taco Mama
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Elaine Shankute

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: Aubie – America’s Sweetheart
  • My advice to Auburn University students: Keep in mind that these are the most dynamic times of your life. You will be doing a lot of growing; embrace the changes and let your Auburn experiences be uniquely yours!
  • Study Tip: Try to make a friend in every class that you feel comfortable asking for help. Keep each other accountable for classwork and studying.
  • My favorite lunch spots: Breakfast, lunch, dinner…ABP is always the answer!