Office of Academic Support

Division of Student Life

Support from Staff

One-on-one Academic Coaching

Academic Support Services staff can help you develop an individualized plan to build skills, improve study habits, access resources, and achieve academic success. Staff members are available to discuss a wide variety of skills required by Reed's demanding curriculum. Need some accountability to stay on task? Set up a regular meeting time with one of our staff members. Prefer to check in as-needed? We’re here! (Please note that coaching is different from counseling. Visit the Health and Counseling Center's Counseling Information page for more information about counseling services at Reed.)

David Gruber is the Director of the Office of Academic Support. David can help you identify challenges and solutions to concerns such as: reading effectively, producing academic writing, class participation, time management, academic stress, communication with faculty, setting academic goals, or some combination of the above. David also meets with students for the completion of progress plans, and with students interested in taking a leave or absence or withdrawing from the college. To make an appointment with David, use this scheduling page. You can also email David Gruber before scheduling an appointment if you have questions about what support he can provide.

Dustin Simpson is the English Language Learner Specialist. He is currently a member of the Humanities 110 faculty, and he has extensive experience working with students whose first language is not English. His primary area of focus is helping students to become better at academic writing and revising. He holds weekly group sessions for students wanting to work on English language skills and also meets for one-on-one help. Read more about Dustin's services here. You can also email Dustin if you have any questions.

Referrals & Making Connections

Sometimes the best person to help you is not part of the Academic Support staff.  Fortunately, Reed is a small place and we’re happy to connect or introduce you to one of our colleagues. 

Wondering about how your major relates to life after Reed? The Center for Life Beyond Reed can help!  

Are health issues interfering with class attendance and/or performance? The Health & Counseling Center staff is available to evaluate, maintain, and promote the general health of students. 

Having difficulty making the transition to college? The Peer Mentor Program could be a good match for you.

Would you like to explore the possibility of accommodations or testing for a disability? Disability Support Services is the place to start. 

For a full list of departments within Student Life, visit the Student Life homepage.

Upcoming Workshops


David Gruber
Director, Office of Academic Support

Email | YouCanBookMe | 503/517-7722


Dustin Simpson
English Language Learner Specialist / Visiting Assistant Professor: English & Humanities

Email | | 503/517-7488