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Coordinator Profiles

The CAE coordinators support students with navigating academic services provided by the peer tutors, the Writing Center, and Multilingual Services. They assist students with determining which services will fit their needs and with making appointments. Coordinators book meeting rooms within the Reinhardt Building for workshops or study sessions and administer SASS testing.

Sheila Burson
Master Tutor

As the Master Tutor, Sheila’s work at the Center for Academic Excellence includes spearheading workshops, working with students and training peer tutors, researching the pedagogy of writing and tutoring centers and special projects. She often works with other graduate students on their projects, including suggested edits for master and doctorate theses. Sheila currently attends Mills as a graduate student in the English Department, working on her MFA in Prose. She is also interning at a community college, working with students with disabilities and veterans.

Adriana Macias
CAE Coordinator
Adriana manages the daily operations, workshops, and special events of the CAE. Adriana enjoys helping students navigate the academic services available to them at Mills. She is a former composition, professional writing for the health sciences, and journalism instructor. Adriana obtained her BA in English Language and Literature at UC Berkeley and her MA in English Literature at Mills College.

Margaret Seelie
Coordinator for Multilingual Services

Margaret supports multilingual students in finding academic resources. She meets with students for one-to-one sessions to support them with reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition to working with students, Margaret manages the team of Student Supporters who also meet with students. She coordinates with faculty and staff to ensure each multilingual student receives holistic support that promotes student learning. While pursuing her MFA degree at Mills, Margaret worked in the Writing Center, and as a teaching assistant for multiple courses. She also taught at Suzhou University in China. Consequently, she has an intimate understanding of the resources available at Mills Collage and the needs of multilingual students. Contact Margaret:

Jessica Smith
Assistant to CAE Coordinator

Jessica Smith is currently pursuing an MFA in the Studio Art Program at Mills College specializing in installation and video art. She received her BFA from Ohio State University in 2012. Jessica is currently the Teaching Assistant for Video II in the Intermedia Arts program at Mills. She holds the CAE Assistant position working at the front desk where she helps match students with peer tutors, make writing center appointments, and accommodate SSD exams in Reinhardt Hall.


Coordinator Profiles

Multilingual Services

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9:00 am–5:00 pm

Contact Information

Center for Academic Excellence
Reinhardt Hall,
B Wing
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 7/21/15