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Jennifer Bebergal, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Support and Student Learning

About Jennifer

My name is Dr. Jennifer Bebergal and I have the honor of serving as the associate dean, academic support and student learning within the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

A little about me, I have worked at Florida Atlantic University in a variety of roles since fall 1995! After completing my bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California and master's degree in Student Affairs administration at the University of Miami, I started at FAU in Admissions and Community College Relations. I transitioned to New Student Orientation programs and became the director for Student Retention in 2001. I earned my doctorate in educational leadership here at FAU while working full-time and have been working with student success and retention ever since. I developed FAU's first learning community programs, mentoring programs, and many of its academic support programs. Through my work, I have earned Level 4 Lifetime certification as a Certified Learning Center Professional. I currently co-lead FAU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Education Reimagined: Engaging Students through Peer-Assisted Learning, as we work to expand the Learning Assistant (LA) model to support more students across the university.

My husband Marc is a personal injury attorney, and we have two daughters - Rachel and Emily, and a yellow lab mix rescue dog, Goldy. I enjoy teaching first-year honors courses and graduate courses in educational leadership.



Patrick Dempsey, MBA
Interim Director, Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) 

About Patrick
Patrick oversees all of the eSuccess programs in the Center for Learning and Student Success. He has been part of the FAU community for over ten years as a student, graduate assistant and professional staff member. Prior to joining eSuccess in 2015, he worked in the Department of Marketing in the FAU College of Business as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Patrick is an expert in online academic support services, especially technology literacy and online/hybrid tutoring programs. Patrick earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at FAU. He is proud to be an owl and grateful for the opportunity to serve his alma mater. When he isn't working, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, watching any and all sports, enjoying the outdoors, and experiencing different cultures' cuisines.



Guy Andrew Burns, M.S.
Assistant Director, Academic Support Services

About Guy

Guy helps oversee areas such as the Supplemental Instruction program, the Owl-to-Owl volunteer tutoring program, Get Wise residential tutoring, as well as general tutoring services. Before joining the CLASS office at FAU, Guy worked for 6 years in academic support and adjunct faculty positions at Palm Beach State College. He currently holds the National College Learning Center’s Learning Center Leadership certification (level 2). Guy earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, his first master’s degree from the University of West Florida (mathematical sciences) and is working on his second master’s degree from Florida International University (higher education administration). Guy is passionate about math/science, academic support, and higher education in general. In his spare time, he enjoys paddleboarding, racquetball, reading, and always continuing his education.    



Amarae` Blyden-Richards, MBA
eSuccess Student Services Manager

About Amarae`
Amarae Blyden-Richards joined Florida Atlantic University in 2010. Throughout her tenure in academia, Amarae gained extensive experience in academic advising, student services, recruitment, admissions, student advocacy, and academic affairs. With a commitment to providing excellent student services and holistic advising experiences, she was awarded the FAU Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising Award in 2013.  Amarae earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Amarae believes that cultivating collaborative relationships across the university and connecting students with resources, advances student persistence and enhances academic performance. By providing meaningful and personalized support services, we help students stay on track academically, allowing them to ultimately achieve their career goals and full potential.