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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.

Contact Sheila:

Margaret Seelie
CAE Coordinator
Margaret Seelie received her MFA in Prose from Mills College in 2013. As a Mills student she worked as a Writing Center Tutor, a TA for multiple English courses, and a research assistant for the English Department. After graduating, Margaret established the Multilingual Services Department at Mills College. She also taught English courses at San Francisco State University, and in the Contra Costa Community College District. She has a BA in Art and Design from DePaul University. Her teaching path began in 2006 as a lecturer at Suzhou University in China. With a multifaceted perspective from being a student, tutor, faculty member, and staff member, Margaret hopes to offer holistic support to the whole Mills community. 

Contact Margaret:

Diana Newby
Multilingual Services Coordinator 

Diana Newby received a master's degree in English Literature from Mills College. In addition to tutoring multilingual and international students, she has been a TA for English 20: Fundamentals of Grammar for Academic Writers. Diana particularly enjoys working with students on grammar and sentence mechanics, essay planning and composition, and speaking and pronunciation.

Contact Diana:

Jasmine Evans
Writing Center Coordinator

Jasmine received her MFA in English and Creative Writing in 2015. As a Mills student, she worked as a Writing Center Fellow and Teaching Assistant with the Rhetoric and Composition Department. After graduating, Jasmine started teaching at Diablo Valley College and working as the Writing Center Coordinator. She has a BA in Sociology from Princeton University where she minored in Education and African-American Studies. As Writing Center Coordinator, Jasmine wants to ensure faculty and students all have access to the resources they need to improve writing skills in and out of the classroom. 


Contact Jasmine:

Shiloh Jines
CAE Assistant 

Shiloh Jines is pursuing an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing at Mills College. She is also the Works in Progress (WIP) Coordinator for The Place for Writers. She holds the CAE Assistant position working at the front desk where she helps match students with tutors, 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: 2/29/16