Julie Ciancio, Ph.D.

Julie Cianco


College of Education & Dean of International Development

Dr. Julie Ciancio is the Dean of the College of Education at Westcliff University, where she oversees the MA TESOL, TESOL Certificate, and Bachelor’s in Education programs. Recently, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, where she helped to create a MOOC for English for Spanish Speakers and an English for Tourism course. Previously, she was the TESOL program administrator at California State University, San Bernardino, where she managed the TESOL master’s program, several TESOL certificate programs, and Intensive TESOL Teacher Training programs for the College of Extended Learning. She is adjunct faculty for the CSUSB College of Education, where she has taught and developed many courses. She has published numerous articles, conducted professional development workshops, and teacher training workshops on TESOL around the world.

Periodically, she serves as an English Language Specialist, and previously was a Senior English Language Fellow for the US State Department, Bureau of Educational Affairs. Prior to that, she was an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, and university professor in Brasilia, while she lived in Brazil for 13 years.

As the Director of International Development at Westcliff University, Dr. Julie travels around the world to establish international educational partnerships and to promote transnational education specifically for underserved regions on the globe.

She has a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil, where she conducted research on the influence of acculturation on second language acquisition. She also holds an MBA in International Business from California State University.