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Jim Breslin, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director/Associate Director

Jim BreslinJim is the Interim Executive Director and 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 publishing scholarly articles with students.

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 in 2009 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2014, both from UK's Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. 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 Chair of the ACPA Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education.

Jim lives in Lexington with his wife, Farrah Dicken, who works at a local nonprofit, and their pup, CJ. Jim is happiest when traveling, watching college football, and spending time with Farrah.