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Coordinator Profiles

The CAE staff helps students navigate these services by assisting them with appointments and establishing contact with Peer Tutors and Writing Center Tutors. The staff also administers SSD testing in Reinhardt Bldg., Wing B.

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.

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

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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: 11/12/14