Center for Academic and Career Success


We have many different support options that offer drop-in help on a regular, weekly basis over the course of the semester.


We provide a variety of academic support options to all students completely free of charge!


Help right when you need it! Utilize online resources to build academic skills.

Our Mission:

To assist Paul Smith’s College students in achieving their academic goals by providing a variety of effective academic support options.

Paul Smith’s first established a peer tutoring program in 1985. Since then, we’ve grown to become a comprehensive academic support program. Each year, many Paul Smith’s students take advantage of the broad range of services we offer in order to reach their goals for academic success. Our caring and dedicated staff work closely with our faculty to provide the kind of support that will improve learning and classroom performance. Please stop by our home on the second floor of the Joan Weill Adirondack Library. We look forward to meeting you!


Maureen Pellerin

Assistant Director
(518) 327-6959

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 203

As one of the CACS’s Success Coaches, Maureen primarily works with students one-on-one to help them reach their academic, professional, and personal goals and realize their fullest potential at Paul Smith’s College. When working with students, Maureen focuses on goal setting, time management, study skills, organizational strategies, stress management techniques, and career planning. This fall, Maureen will also be working with students in the Academic Recovery and Voluntary programs, while also assisting with student outreach and teaching a section of First-Year Seminar.

Tracy Elliott

Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction Services Coordinator

(518) 327-6137 

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library 208 A

Tracy coordinates academic support options for students as a  part of  the peer tutoring program, which includes: course-specific peer tutoring, peer writing support, study groups, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Tracy hires and trains our peer tutors and SI Leaders, developing team-building activities and providing supervision, guidance, and support for her student leaders. She also oversees the scheduling of tutoring sessions for students seeking support through Starfish and reports on outcomes and success rates for the program. If you have any questions regarding any of these academic support options, contact Tracy! She is happy to help.

Jessica Appleby

First-Year Experience Coordinator
(518) 327-6142

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 204

Jessica is focused on all things first-year experience, whether it be making sure our new students make meaningful connections at SOAR Orientation & Welcome Week or success coaching new students in meetings focused on academic skill building. She is passionate about empowering new students to succeed and persist through their first year at Paul Smith’s. In addition to these roles, Jessica also coordinates and teaches First Year Seminar and leads the Smitty Success Program, a program focused on proactive academic guidance for our new Smitties to be successful in their transition to college-level academics. Students can make an appointment with Jessica today in Starfish by clicking on the link!


Contact Us »

Joan Weill Adirondack Library

Second Floor | Room 204


(518) 327-6046

Hours: M- F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.