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New Face: Emily Shreve

An ampersand-shaped paperweight advises Emily Shreve, associate director of scholastic transitions at the Academic Success Center, that her objective is to create and nurture partnerships– “ands”– around campus.


First, I liked the job and the work I would be doing; I was excited for the chance to support first-year students both in the class and through curriculum/program style. Second, I was impressed by the collaborative spirit and favorable energy I saw in my interactions with everybody in the Academic Success Center. That sense of energy appears to extend throughout UNLV. I am so delighted to be signing up with a neighborhood that has a strong history (60 years!), but also a sense of versatility and forward momentum. I’m eager to see what the Top Tier initiative will enable.

Exactly what about UNLV strikes you as different from other places you have worked or where you went to school?

My previous institution (Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University) was a smaller independent school, so UNLV’s distinctions in size and variety have been immediately evident. What strikes me as especially unique (as I mentioned prior to) is that mix of history and versatility. Organizations can easily get caught at one end of the spectrum or the other, either getting bogged down in tradition and precedent or losing a sense of continuity and neighborhood. UNLV appears to be stabilizing the 2 well up until now, and I hope that stability can be kept over the next 60 years.

Where did you grow up and exactly what was that like?

I matured in Westerville, Ohio, a suburban area of Columbus. It was a great place to mature, though I’m having a bit of trouble now accepting that “scarlet and gray” refers to the Rebels and not the Buckeyes. Throughout my childhood, Westerville was right on the edge between the city and the rural farms surrounding it. The report was that my neighborhood was constructed on top of an old racetrack which if you collected your backyard you could in some cases discover horseshoes. I never discovered one, but we did have an unusual quantity of lightning strikes, which felt like confirmation.

Exactly what are some of your job assignments?

To name a few tasks, I teach SODA 100E courses (a first-year seminar), shepherd the curriculum, and hire, train, and support all the SODA POP 100E instructors.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I had a terrible first term of college when I was an undergraduate (at Bowling Green State University in Ohio). It shocked me, as I had been so eager to obtain started and had actually taken college courses at Ohio State University throughout my senior year (in high school). When I got to college, however, it wasn’t quite the movie variation I had actually pictured in my head, fantasies which involved a great deal of drinking coffee in bookstores and discussing huge philosophical concerns. When it didn’t turn out to be that optimistic vision, I shut down a little bit. I had a hard time to make connections and felt isolated. Ultimately, I did make find my way, but my grades and spirit were still very affected by those first-semester battles.

When I started my graduate program in literature (at Lehigh), I was teaching first-year composing courses. Working with those students reminded me of my own shift problems, and I worked hard to make my class an area in which students might reconcile their visions of what college would be with what it was. Gradually, it ended up being clear to me that my passion was supporting trainees in shift, assisting them to acclimate to the scholastic neighborhood, and providing useful techniques to reach their objectives.

Exists something individuals on campus can do to make your task much easier?

Advise the services of the Academic Success Center to your students! Refer them to an academic success coach or encourage them to benefit from tutoring. Also, we’re constantly open to originalities and partnerships; please feel free to connect.

Complete this sentence, “If I couldn’t operate in my present field, I would like to …”

be a travel blogger. It’s hard to picture leaving college, however I do enjoy exploring new locations– the more outrageous the roadside attraction the better. (On my drive out to Las Vegas, I was able to stop at the World’s Largest Easel in Goodland, Kansas; I still regret not stopping briefly at the World’s Largest Wind Chime in Casey, Illinois). I have a passionate love of Instagram, too. I suppose I could integrate those two interests into travel blogging.

Tell us about a things in your office that has significance for you and why it is considerable.

As a going-away gift, a previous colleague provided me a paperweight shaped like an ampersand; it rests on my bookshelf now. It is especially essential to me due to the fact that my objective is to be a connective person. I wish to assist produce and nourish partnerships– “ands”– around school. I aim, too, to help my trainees turn “but,” and “or” into “and,” aiding them in developing stories about themselves that incorporate their interests. That is, I want trainees to develop deliberate and actionable strategies that allow them to be both an accountant and a star, an introvert and a positive class participant, a supportive friend and a student who sends deal with time. The ampersand advises me of those future objectives and links me to my past communities.

Any tips for success?

Build in time for concentrated reflection. We can so quickly end up being trapped in the numerous tasks we need to complete and the pressures to which we are reacting. It’s simple to go into auto-pilot, following the paths we have actually already begun on. I discover it important (if hard) to integrate in times to pause and focus with strenuous honesty on exactly what is and is not working. In this method, we can make the changes had to reach our goals while reevaluating our meanings of success.

Leisure activities or pastimes?

I am a voracious reader. Though I try to only have one book addressing a time, I am currently changing back and forth between Iris Murdoch’s unique The Book and the Brotherhood and Stephen J. Pyne’s How the Canyon Became Grand: A Short History, which I picked up during my current, first visit to the park. I drop everything to go through new issues of The Believer when they get here. I lugged an entire box throughout the nation filled with books I had not yet read. Package was labeled “need to read when you get to Las Vegas.” It is still sitting, unopened, in my living room.