The Higgins Academic Center is staffed by eight talented faculty and staff members who have Randolph-Macon College's students and faculty foremost in mind. They are:
Dr. Lauren C. Bell
Associate Dean of the College and Professor of Political ScienceProvost's Suite, Peele Hall804.firstname.lastname@example.org
As Associate Dean, Dr. Bell provides administrative support and guidance to the HAC's directors and other professional staff members. Under her leadership, the HAC has expanded its services to include providing mentoring and priority academic support to new students from the moment they arrive on campus.
Dr. Jennifer Bruce
Director of Instruction and Associate Professor of EducationNeville House, 1st Floor204 E. Patrick Street804.email@example.com
As Director of Instruction, Dr. Bruce oversees the HAC's mentoring and subject tutoring programs, including recruiting, hiring, and training the student peer mentors and subject tutors. Dr. Bruce is also responsible for running the College's Macon Academic Progress (MAP) and Early MAP programs for first-year students, and for assisting faculty with developing and honing their teaching and learning strategies.
Ms. Doreen Earley
Administrative AssistantNeville House, 1st Floor204 E. Patrick Street804.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Earley provides essential support to the HAC Directors, Dean Bell, and the HAC's student staff and users. From greeting visitors to the HAC's Neville House offices, to managing the HAC's workshops and other events, to tracking the more than 3,500 individual tutoring and mentoring appointments that occur each year, Ms. Earley is an integral part of the HAC's operation.
Dr. Kelly Merrill
Director of Student Transitions and Assistant Professor Communication StudiesPeele Hall, second email@example.com
Dr. Merrill works with academic affairs, student affairs, and admissions to prepare students for successful transition to college life at Randolph-Macon. With a doctorate in higher education and experience with online and distance learning pedagogies, Dr. Merrill supports the HAC Directors and R-MC's students by serving as a resource for self-directed learning materials. Dr. Merrill has also been instrumental in the creation of video tutorials that students can access even when the HAC is not available to provide face-to-face assistance.
Professor Gayla Mills
Director of the Writing CenterMcGraw-Page Library, 2nd Floor804.firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting the College's effort to improve student thinking and writing skills and to use writing as a tool for learning, Professor Mills assists students with their writing through the College's Writing Center, located on the second floor of the McGraw-Page Library. In addition, Professor Mills offers workshops and other resources to help faculty prepare and enhance their use of writing in their classes.
Dr. Theodore (Ted) Sheckels
Director of Speaking Across the Curriculum and Professor of Communication StudiesNeville House, 2nd Floor204 E. Patrick Street804.email@example.com
As Director of Speaking Across the Curriculum, Dr. Sheckels provides support to students and faculty across the range of speech communication activities that are used to enhance student learning. Dr. Sheckels also directs the College's Speaking Center, which is located on the second floor of the Neville House, and which provides peer tutoring in presentational and group/interpersonal communication activities.
Dr. John (Jack) Trammell
Director of Disability Support Services and Assistant Professor of SociologyNeville House, 1st Floor204 E. Patrick Street804.firstname.lastname@example.org
In his capacity as Director of Disability Support Services, Dr. Trammell provides consultation and support to students with physical, psychological, and learning differences and disabilities. He works closely with students to identify reasonable accommodations and with faculty and College staff to ensure that all Randolph-Macon College students have access to a barrier-free education.
Professor Zizi (Lily) Zhang
Director of Instructional TechnologyMcGraw-Page Library, 1st Floor804.email@example.com
Professor Zhang works closely with students and faculty to incorporate and support the use of pedagogically-appropriate technologies for teaching and learning. She assists with designing and implementing new technologies in the classroom and manages a team of student "Tech Tutors" who are available to consult with students and faculty about the mechanics of hardware and software programs.