SASC Professional Staff

Grace Coulombe (M.A., Boston College)

Director, Student Academic Support 
Lecturer in Mathematics
207-786-8374;, Coram Library, Room228

Grace received a B.A. in Mathematics from Bates College and an M.A. in Mathematics from Boston College. She returned to Bates in 2000 to serve as the founding Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop and a lecturer for the Mathematics Department. Throughout June 2021 – June 2023, Grace also served as the Acting Director of the Academic Resource Commons.  In July 2023, the Mathematics & Statistics Workshop and the Academic Resource Commons merged to become the Student Academic Support Center.  Since then, Grace has served as Director of Student Academic Support. While at Bates, Grace has taught the following courses: Calculus I and II, Introduction to Abstraction, Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Number Theory, Working with Data, Great Ideas in Mathematics, Mathematics across Time and Cultures, and a First Year Seminar on Math & the Art of M.C. Escher.

Andee Alford (M.A., SUNY Stonybrook)

Associate Director, Student Academic Support 
Lecturer in Humanities
207-786-6275,, Coram Library, Room 229

Andee graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in Mathematics and completed her Master’s degree in Math at SUNY Stony Brook (Stony Brook University). After graduate school, she spent a year in Israel at the University of Tel Aviv teaching Multivariable Calculus for the University of New Haven, and in 1993 began teaching at Gould in Bethel, Maine. She spent twenty-five years at Gould teaching courses that included AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Statistics, Introduction to Proof, and similar content to Bates’ Great Ideas in Math course. At Bates, Andee has taught Calculus II, as well as the First Year Seminars: Math & the Art of M.C. Escher, The Communication Equation and Paperfolding in Art and Math.

Eric Dyer (B.A., University of Michigan, Residential College)

Assistant Director, Student Academic Support

207-753-6955,, Coram Library, Room 224

Eric graduated from the Residential College at the University of Michigan with a degree in Philosophy.  Between his own undergraduate degree and his work at Bates, he spent time working as a cobbler for Birkenstock, a staff writer for a web design startup, a dining room manager for a small brewpub, and nearly a decade in a variety of team leadership capacities in the natural and organic foods industry.  In Eric’s prior work at Bates, he served as Coordinator for the Academic Resource Commons and Writing at Bates (Fall 2016 through Spring 2021) and Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Commons (Fall 2021 through Spring 2023). His primary goals in all of his work at Bates are focused on building collaborative systems and campus partnerships which support Bates students in their academic pursuits, and support SASC’s Peer Educators in their development as community leaders.

Eddie Szeman (M.A., Gonzaga University)

Assistant Director, Student Academic Support
Lecturer in Humanities

207-753-6427,, Coram Library, Room 226

Eddie graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in English and completed his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he taught at an environmental education center in South Carolina and worked as a camp director in Massachusetts. In 2018, Eddie joined Bates College as a Coordinator of Health Education in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Residence Life from 2019 to 2023. As a member of the SASC team, Eddie works to support student tutors of all kinds and strives to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to help students feel academically supported inside and outside of the classroom. In the 2024 Fall semester, Eddie is teaching a first-year seminar on leadership theory and practice (FYS566).