Meet the Staff

Mara L. Youngbauer
Director of Academic Advising and Student Success
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Laura Turner-Reed
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Writing Center Coordinator

After teaching for three years as an adjunct instructor in the Manchester University English Department, Laura Turner-Reed became the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Writing Center Coordinator in August 2011.

In addition to serving as the Assistant Direrctor of Academic Support, Laura also currently teaches Introduction to Writing, College Composition, Women in the Arts, and Introduction to Gender Studies.

Before coming to Manchester University, Laura was employed at Academic Success, a non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Fla., that provides support to post-secondary students with learning disabilities through academic tutoring, mentoring and life skills coaching. She worked closely with college students diagnosed with learning disabilities as a life skills coach, tutor, mentor and Director of Guidance. She understands that no two students are alike and works to develop individualized plans to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Laura also has taught courses including English Composition, Literature, Reading Strategies, and Film Studies as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College (Wabash/Peru/Kokomo, Ind.), Santa Fe College (Gainesville, Fla.), and Heartland Community College (Normal, Ill.).

Laura holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a master's degree from The University of North Texas, both in Radio, Television and Film.

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Mia Miller
Academic Support Advisor

Mia began working in Academic Support in 2015.  Prior to this, Mia was an adjunct instructor in the departments of Peace Studies and Philosophy and Religious Studies for eight years.  During that time, she taught Christian Traditions, Jesus and the Gospels, Intro to Religious Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation and Conciliation.  She is passionate about student success and enjoys helping students develop skills which support them to do their best academically. 

Mia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from McPherson College and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary.

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