Our Staff

We encourage you to contact ACE staff directly with any questions or to discuss setting up an initial consultation to discuss academic goals. In addition, peer tutors are available to support students.

Barbara Miller

Director of the Academic Center for Excellence 
130B University Center


Jane Caraway
Disability Services Coordinator
130A University Center
319-363-1323 x1204

Jane Caraway is the Disability Services Coordinator located in the ACE. Her responsibilities include working with students to access identified accommodations and to support student advocacy. She will also serve as a resource to faculty and staff in meeting the general and specific needs of diverse learners. Jane works part-time and so it is best to contact her directly to make an appointment. 

Alexandra Sydor
Academic Services & Retention Assistant
130 University Center
319-363-1323 x1228


Shawna Clemente
Student Success Coordinator
121 University Center
319-363-1323 x 1625


Ben Thiel
Writing Specialist
319-363-1323 x1207


Ben is a Writing Specialist in ACE and his responsibilities include working with students to support their writing. He is also responsible for the coordination of the ACE Writing Center and peer writing tutors. Ben works part-time and so it is best to contact him directly to make an appointment. 

Nancy Rhodes 

Nancy Rhodes
Center Manager
319-363-8213 x1220   


Nancy Rhodes serves as the ACE Center Manager.  She coordinates many of the center functions including our Peer Tutor program.  She tutors math, physics, statistics and other problem solving courses as well as teaches algebra in both the traditional and Advance programs.