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Sheila Coley

Department/Unit: Department of History

Working Title: Academic Services Coordinator

Let's get to know Sheila...

How long have you been with the university, and how long in your current position?

I've been at the university since 1988 and with the Department of History since 1996.

What has been your most memorable experience at U-M?

I've been at the U since 1988, so there are SEVERAL memorable experiences! However I've only been in three positions, the longest being in the History Department, so I must say my most memorable is here. Two of our staff retreats--one playing Whirlyball and the other, a tour of the Big House.

What gives you a connection to your job and helps you define your purpose?

I look forward to the end of the academic year, for obvious reasons of course, but also because it's great to see so many students graduating. The number of students we graduate, and the number of students that graduate from the Honors Program, which I oversee, is awesome and it gives me a sense of accomplishment, even though I had nothing to do with their education!

What motivates and energizes you at work?

4:30 pm Friday afternoon. Seriously, I like a challenge and prefer to have plenty to do. Also, I work with great faculty and staff, and we all have a sense of humor -- that's important.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the university?

Enjoy the ride.

What is one thing about yourself you think people would be surprised to know?

That I own a dog. I've always thought dogs were gross -- don't lick, don't touch, dog hair everywhere -- but all that changed with the death of my husband. I still don't care for the licking and I made sure to get a hypoallergenic dog that doesn't shed!

What is your favorite place to grab lunch (near campus)?

Tian'chu