Adam Scales Assistant Director of Academic Resources

Adam Scales

James G. Leyburn Library 108
(540) 458-4116


Dr. Adam Scales is the Assistant Director of Academic Resources in the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning. In this role, he oversees initiatives that support students with their studying and learning in a range of areas, including study strategies, time management, test taking, effective team working, and presentation skills. Adam enriches the learning of students through one-on-one coaching, but also via learning programs, faculty collaborations, academic resources, and peer learning initiatives.

Before arriving at Washington and Lee University, Adam served as a Lead Academic Coach and Faculty Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers college at Arizona State University and a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Surrey, UK.

A key interest in Adam’s career is in supporting students with their transition to higher education, especially for those from underrepresented groups (i.e., first-generation and students of color). Adam actively promotes the transformative potential of higher education and empowers diverse groups of students to succeed as learners and global citizens. As a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Adam is committed to excellence in learning and teaching for all students at W&L.


Ph.D. Media, University of East Anglia
M.Ed. in Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education; Learning and Teaching, University of Surrey
B.A. (Hons) in Film and English Studies, University of East Anglia

Areas of Professional Interest

Academic coaching and advising
Academic skills and development
Student transitions to university
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Student communities and sense of belonging
Peer learning initiatives