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Interim Executive Director/Associate Director
Jim is the Associate Director of Academic Enhancement at the University of Kentucky and is responsible for designing, implementing, and assessing programs for all students in collaboration with the Director and colleagues in other departments. Jim has worked with college students in Academic Enhancement since October 2004 and has assisted in developing a number of programs that address retention and persistence issues. His current portfolio includes responsibility for day-to-day operations of all programs and services offered by Academic Enhancement, assessing and evaluating all AE programs and services, and contributing to strategic planning for the department. He has enjoyed presenting AE's programmatic models and outcomes at several conferences, and most recently presented with two undergraduate Student Program Coordinators at the Annual First-Year Summit.
Jim is originally from Louisville, KY, graduated from St. Xavier High School, and completed his BA in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He earned an MS in Higher Education from UK's Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in 2009, and his research interests currently include student transitions from high school to college, the first-year experience, academic support programs, peer-to-peer assistance, and qualitative research methods. Jim also currently serves as a Managing Editor for the Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice.
Jim lives in Lexington with his wife, Farrah Dicken, who also works with college students, and their puppy, CJ. Jim is happiest when traveling, watching college football, and spending time with Farrah.
Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach
Acting as chief advocate of the department, Megan coordinates all public relations, branding, marketing and outreach for the department. She also serves as a liaison to help build and maintain collaborative relationships between Academic Enhancement and other units on campus. Megan also supervises, oversees, and supports the graduate staff that is responsible for teaching EPE 174: Theories of College Student Success
Megan is originally from Port Huron, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a BA in Integrated Strategic Communications with an emphasis in direct response. Megan worked for Academic Enhancement from 2005 to 2008 and returned as their Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach in 2010. She earned an MS in Social & Philosophical Studies in Education from UK's Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation in 2012 and her research interests currently include the use of marketing within higher education, the first-year experience, and student culture.
Megan lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, Clay, and their two chocolate labs, Maddy and Wally. In her free time Megan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hanging out by the pool, and cheering on her KY Wildcats.
Assistant Director for Peer Tutoring
Anna is from the coast of Georgia where she grew up riding horses and going to the beach. She earned her BA in English from Valdosta State University in Georgia where she focused on both creative writing and literature. There, she was a peer tutor for three years and found her passion for teaching. After graduation, she worked for a year as a professional Writing Consultant for the Savannah College of Art and Design, working with students to improve their creative and academic writing. In addition to working as an Assistant Director for Academic Enhancement, Anna is completing her Masters in Literature at the University of Kentucky. She specializes in Southern and Postcolonial literatures and looks forward to making a career out of working with undergraduate students. Anna lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her fiance, Jamie, who is also in graduate school at UK, and her hairy, four-legged children, Duke and Blue. When she's not in her office, you can usually find her in the kitchen or outside with her family.
Ali is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a BA in print journalism. She worked for Academic Enhancement from 2008 to 2010. She then worked as an Assistant Editor for a national fitness trade publication in Louisville, Ky. Ali returned to Academic Enhancement in January 2012 as Program Coordinator. Ali hopes to begin working on a Master’s Degree in Higher Education come Fall of 2012. She is very interested in student culture and their transitions from high school to college as well, as their transition when students are preparing to graduate. Ali resides in Lexington and enjoys cooking, reading, writing and spending time with her friends and family.
Assistant Director For Curriculum and Instruction
Sy is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio and received his BA in Integrated Strategic Communications from The University of Kentucky in 2009. While attending UK, he worked in the public relations department within the hospitality management field, was a group leader with the Boys and Girls Club of America and also did public speaking for a prosthetics facility. Sy then moved to West Virginia and worked in the education system while also doing some motivational speaking in regards to young athletes. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Sports Leadership at The University of Kentucky where he hopes to get into the field of higher education concentrating on athletic motivation and leadership. He lives in Lexington with his fiance Sarah and when not working or studying, never misses a CATS basketball game.
Business Operations Specalist
Hannah is originally from Pineville, Kentucky and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BA in Studio Art. She has worked at the University of Kentucky for nearly eight years, joining Academic Enhancement in the summer of 2013. Hannah hopes to begin working on a Master's Degree in Photography and Graphic Design in the Fall of 2014. When she isn't working, Hannah keeps busy skating for and being President of the Rollergirls of Central Kentucky (Lexington's only roller derby league) as well as running, cooking, knitting and occasionally playing the violin, much to the chagrin of her three cats.