Mary Beth Willett
Mary Beth Willett is the Associate Director of College Success Program’s TRIO Student Support Services and and the Tutor Program. While she assists the Director whenever needed regarding TRIO SSS, Mary Beth’s primary role is to supervise the day to day operations of the Tutor Program that in turn supports University of Maine students in a variety of 100/200 level courses.
The Tutor Program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), an international certification. In addition, the Tutor Program provides an opportunity for students who are hired to request to tutor for academic credit and take a 1,2, or 3 credit field experience course, EHD298, through the College of Education and Human Development for their work and training as a tutor. Mary Beth has also been instrumental in having the Tutor Program become part of the Engaged Black Bear digital badging initiative, whereby tutors can also earn 3 levels of badges.
The Tutor Program provides small group and drop-in tutoring services and tutors are trained to help their peers to develop their critical thinking skills for college level learning. As part of her outreach to the university community, along with her colleague and experienced tutors, Mary Beth speaks to incoming first year seminar classes about the services the Tutor Program provides, study skills, and effective time management tips to help students navigate their first semester.
- Mary Beth earned her M.S. in Student Development in Higher Education and B.S. in Human Development from the University of Maine.
- Mary Beth and her colleague have co-presented at both the College Reading and Learning Association’s annual conference and at the National On Course Conference.
- Mary Beth is an active member in the Engaged Black Bear Initiative, and has also taught a first year seminar class for Liberal Arts and Sciences in previous semesters.