Dean’s Message

Office of the Dean

In my many years of teaching, research, and administration, I have found Westcliff University’s programs in education and TESOL to be rewarding on both professional and personal levels.

Professionally, I take great pride in the College of Education’s curriculum, which is comprehensive, challenging, and current. Education and TESOL are disciplines that combine academic scholarship with practical, hands-on learning and application. Our professors not only have graduate degrees but have also taught in the United States and abroad. They share their experience with students, who learn so much more beyond the textbook.

Our online and hybrid programs embrace diversity and multiculturalism while recognizing the importance of helping others to become fluent in the English language. When you study in the College of Education, you enhance your understanding of both English and non-English-speaking cultures. In the Westcliff College of Education programs, you will examine content and cultures from an analytical perspective, and you will also observe the various modes of interpretation and expression in the field, while on class trips, during your practicum if you have one, and in the classroom.

On a personal level, I admire the dedication of our faculty to the learning process. The College of Education is fortunate to have professors who are passionate about bringing the most into their classrooms. When you become a part of Westcliff University, you become a part of an educational institution that is truly special.

Julie Ciancio

Julie Ciancio, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education