Adam Scales

Academic Coach
University Staff
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Higher and Postsecondary Education
MaryLouFulton Teachers College


I am an Academic Coach in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In this role, I support undergraduate and graduate students with their academic skills development in a range of areas, including: academic and professional writing, APA citations, critical thinking, time management, study habits, and presentation skills.  

Prior to arriving at ASU, I completed my PhD in Media (2016) at the University of East Anglia, UK, where I also served as an Adjunct Instructor, Mentor, and Academic Workshop Leader. Since May 2015, I have also worked as a Learning Development Advisor at the University of Surrey, UK, where I taught a range of academic skills sessions to current and pre-entry level students in addition to serving as an Associate Instructor in Sociology.

A key interest in my career thus far has been in supporting the academic transition of diverse groups of students (i.e. first-generation, low income, and racial minority students) and in empowering them as learners and global citizens. I am a Fellow of the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the Brilliant Club Charity that supports underprivileged high school students to reach their full academic potential. 




M.Ed Higher and Postsecondary Education (in progress) - Arizona State University 

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education; Learning and Teaching (2018) - University of Surrey 

Doctor of Philosophy in Media (2016) - University of East Anglia 

MA Film Studies (2012) - University of East Anglia

BA (Honours) Film and English Literature (2010) - University of East Anglia

Research Interests

My areas of interest in teaching and research include the transition of students to university, issues of student identity, and the sociology of education. I am also interested in representations of (higher) education and pedagogy in contemporary film and television.

Alongside this, I also maintain research interests in the field of Media and Cultural Studies including topics such as gender and sexuality, audiences and reception, and the politics of taste.