Meet our Staff

Meet the Office of Academic Support Staff

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

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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.
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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 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
Contact Allison with questions about Plainsmen’s Prep, Study Smart, or Academic Support presentations and workshops.

Meet the Main Office Undergraduate Student Employees

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

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Caroline McAuley

Front Desk Staff

  • Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Favorite thing about Auburn University: The community of the students, faculty, and families. I love how much everyone loves Auburn and seeing how that love of Auburn brings us all together is really cool to me. Auburn is such a special place.
  • My favorite lunch spots: Chicken Salad Chick and AU Smokehouse.
  • My advice to Auburn University students: Get involved and making the most out of the four years you have here.
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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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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!