Achieving excellence

Excellence is a goal of all students at Eckerd. The John M. Bevan Center for Academic Excellence (BCAE) offers students the resources and opportunities to achieve academic excellence in the classroom and after graduation.

  • Peer mentoring helps create community among new students and fosters the development of the academic skills necessary to be successful in college.
  • Academic coaching, workshops on study skills and time management, and tutoring enhance students’ learning.
  • Access to graduate school preparation, scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and personal advising set the stage for continued postgraduate work.
  • Access through reasonable academic and non-academic accommodations for students with disabilities ensures equitable opportunities for excellence.

Peer mentoring

Peer mentors help incoming students transition to Eckerd College. A peer mentor is assigned to each section of Autumn Term, and the peer mentors work closely with the Bevan Center staff and faculty to help incoming students develop the academic skills they need to be successful and to find their niches among the Eckerd community.

Peer tutoring is available in many subjects, including Behavioral Sciences, Communication, Computer Science, World Language, Natural Sciences and Quantitative Sciences/Mathematics.

Peer mentor Kaitlyn Willgohs ’21 (middle) and her mentees

Academic Coaching and Skills Workshops

Academic coaches can help you set and meet your academic goals while maintaining a healthy school-life balance. In addition to working one-on-one with students, the academic coaches offer several workshops including implementing effective study strategies, surviving midterm and final exams, and developing good time management.

Creating a Recipe for Success

  • Set goals
  • Manage your time
  • Go to every class
  • Study every day
  • Utilize campus resources

Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

Eckerd has a distinguished history of NOAA Hollings Scholars, Fulbright award winners, and Rhodes Scholars. In fact, Eckerd leads the nation for Hollings Scholarship winners all-time.

We help students to learn more about award opportunities that align with their interests and program major, monitor award deadlines, and peruse tips designed to ensure a successful application. A scholarship advisor is available to work with students interested in these opportunities.

Take your pick!

Fulbright, Goldwater, Hollings, NSF, Rhodes, STAR, Udall and more—our students win these and other prestigious fellowships and scholarships each year. Check out our winners listing.

Peace Corps Prep

Eckerd’s Peace Corps Prep program provides preparation and certification to students seeking to develop the competencies critical to the intercultural fieldwork of its volunteers. Students can meet with trained faculty and staff advisors to apply for the program.

From its inception in 1958, Eckerd has emphasized global responsibility and citizenship as part of its liberal arts curriculum. As a result, more than 160 of our graduates have been inspired to serve in the Peace Corps or other international development organizations.

Peace Corps Prep Top Colleges - Eckerd College #3

Accessibility

The Office of Accessibility, located in the BCAE, works to ensure access at Eckerd College to students with disabilities through reasonable accommodations.

We help students learn to manage their academic accommodations and also work with students who need dietary accommodations, housing accommodations, and/or have emotional support or service animals.

Student in wheelchair chats with student in chair at a student lounge

Meet the Staff

Marjorie Sanfilippo, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Brown Hall 101
sanfilmd@eckerd.edu
727.864.7562
Make an appointment with Dean Sanfilippo

Margie received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. After many years as a member of the psychology faculty at Eckerd, she has turned her attention to issues affecting the broader College community. As the associate dean of faculty, she oversees all student academic issues, and as the executive director of the Bevan Center, she oversees the Peer Mentoring Program, the Academic Coaching Program and the Office of Accessibility.

Amy Mullarkey, M.Ed.
Director, Office of Accessibility
Brown Hall 101
mullaral@eckerd.edu
727.864.7724

Amy earned her B.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and holds an M.Ed. in Special Education. Prior to coming to Eckerd, Amy was the associate director of the Academic Resource Center at Georgetown University and, before that, was the disability resources manager at St. Petersburg College. Outside of work, Amy enjoys a good Netflix binge, but she can also be found on long walks/runs with her husband and their dogs, Victor and Lulu Mae. Amy also is an avid photographer and enjoys photographing families with their pets.

Kat Robinson (Robinson-Malone), Ph.D.
Asst. Dean of Faculty, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor
Brown Hall 101
robinskk@eckerd.edu
727.864.8646
Make an appointment with Kat

Kathleen “Kat” Robinson received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of South Florida after completing her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Literature. She came to Eckerd College in 2008. She leads various fellowship and scholarship initiatives as an advisor. Her research interests as an undergraduate research advisor focus on access, process, and collaboration, and as literature instructor include the study of trauma and narrative in modern American and British Literature and the presentation and representation of war in narrative. She has published and presented on gender bias in letters of recommendations, collaboration with high impact practices and undergraduate research, Ernest Hemingway, on treasure and treasure-hunting in Florida, and on the effect of trauma on the narrative structure. She is involved with the local sailing community. She enjoys traveling and sailing (especially when the two coalesce) with her husband and her daughter.

Anne W. Anderson ’07, Ph.D.
Accessibility Coordinator
Brown Hall 101
Questions re accommodations: accessibility@eckerd.edu
All other correspondence: andersaw@eckerd.edu
727.865.7134

Anne earned an B.A. in Creative Writing from Eckerd College (’07), an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of South Florida where she taught before joining Eckerd College in 2015 as the director of blended and online learning in the Program for Experienced Learners. Anne has worked for more than twenty years in academic support services and has written two travel guides and a number of short stories for children; her published academic works are in the fields of qualitative research methods and critical literary/media studies.

Margret Skaftadottir, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean; Assistant Professor of Education; Academic Coaching and Scholarship Advising
Brown Hall 101
skaftami@eckerd.edu
727.864.8363
Make an appointment with Margret

Margret received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Education from Emory University after having completed her Bachelor’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Iceland. She came to Eckerd College in 1993 as a member of the Education program faculty, and she oversaw the Program for Experienced Learners for many years before joining the Bevan Center for Academic Excellence. As assistant dean, Margret provides both academic coaching and scholarship/fellowship advising.

Tonya Williams, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Accessibility
Brown Hall 101
williamstj@eckerd.edu
727.864.8841
Make an appointment with Tonya

Tonya Williams received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota after receiving both her Master’s of Education and Bachelor’s in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. Prior to employment with Eckerd College, Tonya was the accessibility coordinator at St. Petersburg College, Downtown/Midtown campuses. Tonya has worked in the field of Exceptional Student Education for the last 16 years after retiring from 22 years of active military service in the United States Air Force. In her down time, Tonya enjoys reading, lots of sunshine, and hours of fun with her three grandchildren.

Neal Yates
Academic Success Coach
Brown Hall 101
yatesnt@eckerd.edu
727.864.8188
Make an appointment with Neal

Neal received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Louisville before earning a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri. He joined Eckerd in 2017 in the Office of Service Learning and is now an Academic Coach in the John M. Bevan Center for Academic Excellence. With over ten years of experience in case management and outreach services, Neal enjoys helping students develop a clear sense of their own academic path and the life skills needed to achieve their professional and personal goals.