The Academic Success Center (ASC) is a resource center designed to facilitate the student’s successful transition through the university. The director works closely with faculty, the admissions office, Career Development, and the counseling offices to provide academic assistance as needed. First-year and transfer students are particularly encouraged to take advantage of the center’s services to facilitate their transition to Samford University.
Bridget Conway Rose was named Samford University’s inaugural Director of the Academic Success Center in 2009. In this role, she oversees a variety of resources designed to facilitate students’ successful transitions through the university. Under her leadership the ASC developed a tutoring program in collaboration with academic departments, created two early move-in academic enrichment opportunities for first year students, and expanded the Foundations 101 first year experience course to include a second-semester vocational exploration course, a sophomore seminar, and a peer mentoring course for upperclassmen.Rose has taught Cultural Perspectives (Samford’s freshman year core texts course) since 2002; she currently holds the rank of assistant professor in the Core Curriculum. She has co-taught a study abroad course to Southeast Asia and will be offering a General Education Humanities course, “Sacred Italy: Saints and Martyrs,” abroad in January 2016. Her research interest is early Christian martyrdom, specifically St. Perpetua. She holds a B.A. in English and sociology from Mobile College and the M.T.S. degree from Samford’s Beeson Divinity School.
Victoria Smith is the Assistant Director of Samford University’s Academic Success Center. She manages the free on-campus tutoring program, teaches Foundations 101, tutors Japanese, advises special status students, and offers academic support, resources, and coaching for Samford undergraduates. Victoria graduated from Samford University with a B.A. in English and an MBA with a concentration in International Business. She also holds an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics from Monash University.