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Claire Berardini is currently the Dean of Student Success at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Alvernia University is a private Catholic, Franciscan university founded by the Bernardine Franciscan sisters in 1959 as Alvernia College.  Now a University, Alvernia offers fifty programs of undergraduate study in both the liberal arts and professional programs for approximately 1,500 traditional students, six masters programs, and one Ph.D. program in Leadership.

In her current position, Dr. Berardini is part of the leadership team in the University Life division; she oversees all academic support areas of the University, including the Learning Center, Disability Services, the First Year Seminar, first-year advising, Study Abroad, and Career Development.  She works collaboratively with Academic Affairs on a
range of other issues and projects, which have included the re-design of the First Year Seminar and the development and implementation of a faculty-based first-year advising model, and continue to include oversight of placement testing and freshman scheduling.  She is currently a member of the President’s Extended Cabinet, serves on the General Education and Core Curriculum Committee, the subcommittee for general education assessment, the Honors Advisory Board, and is an ex-officio member of the Academic Standards Committee.  She was invited in 2011 to serve as a Pennsylvania Department of Education site evaluator , reviewing a range of student-centered institutional issues (for example, student services , admission, completion requirements, support staff, emergency communications, and student organizations, handbook, and government.)

Prior to her position as Dean, Dr. Berardini was the Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Pace University in New York City, where she oversaw 10 professional staff members across several academic support areas, including the University’s Tutoring Center, First Year Seminar, and a year-long program for students conditionally admitted to the University.   She administered a successful peer-led team learning program for Math and Science departments, funded in part by a successful grant application to the National Science Foundation that she co-wrote with a faculty colleague.

Dr. Berardini is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English.  She also earned her Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University, specializing in 19th-Century British Literature and Victorian Poetry.  While at Rutgers, she was an Assistant Director in the Writing Program, where she oversaw 100 sections of composition and 40 program instructors annually and the Writing Center for the University’s writing program on the Douglass College campus.  After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Berardini taught as the H.G. Barnard Faculty Fellow in the English Department at Trinity University in San Antonio.   She has published on Tennyson’s experiments with genre in the dramatic monologue

Dr. Claire Berardini

Dr. Claire Berardini
Dean of Student Success
Bernardine Hall 1102F
Phone: 610-796-5514