The Margaret Campbell Student Success Center provides academic resources and ADA/Section 504 accessibility services to Stephens College students. The Center promotes student success by supporting learning and growth both inside and outside of the classroom, and it facilitates accessibility through ADA/Section 504 accommodations that eliminate barriers to access.

Whether students utilize the Center for one-on-one academic skills coaching, writing or content tutoring, ADA/Section 504 services, workshops, or independent study in a quiet space, they will find Center staff to be warm, friendly and enthusiastic about supporting Stephens students.



  • Academic Skills Coaching: Setting academic goals and handling setbacks, managing time, reading academic texts, studying and taking notes effectively, engaging in classroom discussions, communicating with professors, utilizing Canvas and MyStephens and more
  • ADA/Section 504 Accommodations: Accommodations to provide equal access in the classroom and on campus. Please visit our Accessibility Services page for more details on the services we provide.
  • Writing Assistance: Beginning the writing process; developing ideas; outlining; improving organization, mechanics and grammar; refining research skills and citation and avoiding plagiarism
  • Tutoring: One-on-one and group tutoring for select undergraduate courses
  • Workshops: Workshops offered to improve overall academic success
  • Study Space with Computer Access: A quiet, comfortable study area for individuals or small groups



Sady Mayer Strand

Director and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator

Sady Mayer Strand has over 20 years of experience working directly with postsecondary students who identify as having learning disabilities, ADHD, or other disabilities.

Sady finds fulfillment in directing the Student Success Center’s day-to-day support operations — tutoring in writing and undergraduate general education courses, coaching undergraduate academic skills, advising first-year students, and providing ADA accessibility accommodations for the Stephens community. She also has a passion for creative writing, travel and hiking, and is a devoted meditation and yoga practitioner. Sady earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in women’s studies from the University of Missouri in 1998. She earned an M.A. in Teaching/Education from Columbia College in 2009.


Alicia Sparer

Assistant Director

Alicia finds joy in helping students achieve their academic goals while at Stephens College. She provides tutoring in undergraduate science courses, academic coaching, and first-year student advising. Her favorite part of working in the Student Success Center is getting to know students and all that they have taught her (how to paint a landscape, numerous iPhone hacks, and the role of fashion in environmentalism, to name a few). In her spare time, she likes hiking and mushroom identification, collecting stickers for her bullet journal, and falling down various wiki rabbit holes. Alicia earned a B.S. in Biology from Harris-Stowe State University in 2013. She earned an M.A. in Teaching with an emphasis in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi in 2017.  


Leah Criswell


Leah loves seeing students gain an appreciation for science and mathematics and how these subjects help us understand our world. She is a tutor for physics, chemistry and mathematics for the Student Success Center, as well as an adjunct mathematics instructor. She earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics at Missouri State University and then continued with graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Ph.D. in physics in 2007. She has taught physics, astronomy and math classes at Missouri State University, Westminster College and MACC-Columbia. She wants to help students overcome any difficulties and develop a better understanding of how science and math apply to their daily lives. Playing with the science toys is just a bonus!


Tahna Long


Tahna Long is a professional writing tutor in the Student Success Center as well as an adjunct professor of English Composition and Research Writing at Stephens College. She has nearly 15 years of experience teaching English as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri. Her academic background is in Folklore and Disability Studies with a special focus on Deaf culture. She currently lives in a genuine log cabin in the woods with her husband and two small, nature-loving girls. 



Phillip Overeem


Phil Overeem is a tutor in the Student Success Center as well as an adjunct freshman composition instructor. Hailing from southwest Missouri, he has been teaching since 1975, if swimming lessons count. He is an avid, omnivorous reader, and blogs about popular (and other kinds of) music at​​ In addition, he frequently reflects on his career in education on The Overeem Farewell Tour blog, where he is currently keeping a COVID-19 journal called "Cloister Commentary." ​Phil has taught and tutored at Stephens since 2013, and previously taught language arts, coached basketball and track, and sponsored student council, The Canterbury Society, and The Academy of Rock at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri, and David H. Hickman High School and Smithton Middle School in Columbia. He estimates that he has graded over 40,000 essays in his lifetime. 

Phil and his wife Nicole have weaknesses for cats, travel, inventive foods, and the Klackamas, Oregon band Dead Moon.

Contact us

Student Success Center

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, during Fall/Spring semesters (excluding breaks)
(573) 442-2211, Ext. 4681 [email protected] Hugh Stephens Library Main Floor | 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215 | Campus Box 2111 ADA/Section 504 Accessibility Services

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