History and Awards

Our History

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  • Early History

    In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the University of Miami had two fundamentally different tutoring programs emerging. The College of Arts and Science began considering the need for tutoring as departmental professors complained that students were having difficulty meeting the demands of the science courses. This program was called the Master Tutor Program and was started by Dr. Mallory.

    Initially, students were only allowed tutoring when referred by a professor or if failing a course. Tutoring was extended to other subject matters to equally service all majors within Arts and Sciences. Another tutoring program was also starting in the School of Education through the Developmental Studies Department headed by Scott Baldwin. This program, located in the Merrick building, emerged from the need to support students struggling with the Basic English requirements.

    Students were able to take remedial courses such as TAL 191, which is still offered today, to help acquire the fundamental skills needed to be successful in college. The program out of the School of Education was critical for the “at risk” student and later evolved into the Reading and Study Skills Center. These two programs began out of separate needs from two different departments.

    In 1989, Developmental Studies relocated to the University Center, Room N201 in order to combine several resources.  These services were housed in one unit called the Academic Development Center.  The center included Disability Services because of new legislation and the increasing need to support students with disabilities.

  • Becoming the Camner Center

    The Academic Resource Center adapted to the changing needs of the students since its inception in the late 1980’s. The core mission is still to provide academic support to students at the University.  The center serves approximately 5000 students each year through tutoring support, the Office of Disabilities, Learning Specialists, and the UMX freshman experience course.  The center is open to students with and without disabilities who need scholastic assistance to overcome challenges or achieve their academic goals.

    On April 19, 2010, the Academic Resource Center was renamed in honor of the esteemed Camner family.  The Camner Center for Academic Resources is greatly appreciative of the support from the Camner Family, who are all special members of the South Florida community and University of Miami family.

    In the summer of 2020, the Camner Center for Academic Resources relocated from the second floor of the Whitten University Center to the newly built Student Services Building located behind the Lowe Art Museum.

Past Award Recipients

The Exceptional Student Worker Award

Was established by the Camner Center for Academic Resources to honor a Student Worker whose dedication to the Camner Center and Commitment to the role in the office has allowed this individual to stand out amongst his/her peers.
Student Name
Additional Student
2018-2019 Saltenat Mohaddam Adames
2017-2018 Nicole Stephens
2016-2017 Madeleine Lowe
2015-2016 Chloe Ruffell-Smith
2013-2014 Kathleen Cwikla
2013-2014 Katelynn Kozbial Brooke Carter
2012-2013 Matthew Mancao
2011-2012 Da Lei
2010-2011 Nikita Van Dijik
2009-2010 Brandon Faza Noah Cantor, HumbertoDiaz, Melvin La,
Stephanie Lavey, Omar Howeedy
2008-2009 Sara Thompson Bryan Mueller, Nirav Joshi, Alexander Gonzalez

The Sheila Dubé Outstanding Tutor Award

Honoring her 17 years of service and unparalleled commitment to the Peer Tutoring Program, the Camner Center for Academic Resources established the Sheila Dubé Outstanding Tutor Award in 2010 to acknowledge a peer tutor who has demonstrated a similar commitment to the Camner Center. 

Student Name
Additional Student
2018-2019 Joshua Dughman Elliot Sackman
2017-2018 Michael Ortega
2016-2017 Anna Ivanova
2015-2016 Jacob Levy
2013-2014 Gabriel Soto
2013-2014 Ramma Escolin
2012-2013 Michelle Lara Michael Dawes
2011-2012 Christina Echagarruga David Nepomechie, Eric Weiss
2010-2011 Jorge Padron James Cavaretta, Kim Lavandeira, Benjamin Schuster, Courtney Gammad
2009-2010 Jared Smith Akua Amaning
2008-2009 Katherine Cortez