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Welcome to the Center for Student Achievement

Established in 2008, the Center for Student Achievement (CSA) offers academic support to all SU undergraduate students through Supplemental Instruction, tutoring, academic coaching, advising, success workshops, mid-semester grade interventions and open study. Forty-one percent of SU undergraduates utilized these services during the 2016-17 academic year.

Supplemental Instruction and tutoring schedules can be accessed through this website in addition to paper copies located in the CSA (AC 270). We look forward to meeting you.

Heather Holmes, Ph.D.

DirectorHeather Holmes

Dr. Heather Holmes has been a higher education administrator for over 30 years with progressive experience in academic achievement, academic support programs, grant administration, residence life, student union management, orientation, first year experience, student activities, judicial affairs, Greek life, and leadership.

In 1999, Dr. Holmes earned her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo where she served as the Director of Orientation and Student Activities. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University (1990) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Cortland (1986). She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Society. She has been certified by International Center for Supplemental Instruction at UMKC. She is a member of NASPA, NCLCA, and CRLA. Dr. Holmes serves as the co-advisor to Relay for Life at Salisbury University.

Heather Porter, Ed.D.

Assistant Director
Academic Support and Supplemental Instruction
Heather Porter Academic Support and Supplemental Instruction

Dr. Heather Porter currently serves as the assistant director of the Center for Student Achievement, overseeing our Supplemental Instruction (SI) and tutoring peer learning programs.  Dr. Porter has been an active contributor in the field of academic support with several national conference presentations about SI, peer learning, and peer leader training and development.  She served as Coordinator for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)'s International Mentor Training Program Certification from 2014-2017.  In 2018, Dr. Porter was awarded the Outstanding SI campus Administrator Award from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  In addition to her work with peer learning programs, Dr. Porter's professional background includes coordinating academic coaching and academic probation support initiatives, academic advising, mentoring programs, and transfer bridge programs.

Heather earned her Ed.D. in Contemporary Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy at Salisbury University in 2018. She also holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in French & Secondary Education from Randolph-Macon College. Her research interests include undergraduate literacy development, undergraduate peer learning, and evaluation of academic support programs.

Elle Rowe

Administrative Assistant, II
Elle Phillips, Administrative Assistant

Elle graduated from Salisbury University in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After teaching Spanish for 5 years, she has returned to SU. She is continuing to support academic success in the CSA.

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Kandace GA Academic Coaching
Kandace Racine, Graduate Assistant
Academic Coaching

Emily Sperling, Graduate Assistant Picture
Emily Sperling, Graduate Assistant
Supplemental Instruction

Joe Crawford
Joe Crawfod, Graduate Assistant
SU Bridges

Colleen Reeping
Colleen Reeping, Graduate Assistant
Supplemental Instruction


Emily Hawthorne
Emily Hawthorne, Graduate Assistant

Jillian Duryea
Jillian Duryea, Graduate Assistant
Supplemental Instruction

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