Julie Ciancio, Ph.D.

Vice President and Dean, Global Engagement


M.B.A., International Business, California State University, San Bernardino, 2013

Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2005

M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of Brasilia, Brazil, 2001

B.A., Psychology, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, 1989


Dr. Julie Ciancio is currently the Vice President and Dean of Global Engagement. She previously served the University as the Chief Academic Officer and Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She also previously served with distinction as the Dean of the College of Education at Westcliff University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, where she helped to create an English Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Spanish Speakers and an English for Tourism course. She has published numerous articles, conducted professional development workshops, and teacher training workshops 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 Vice President and Dean of Global Engagement at Westcliff University, Dr. Ciancio travels around the world to establish international educational partnerships and to promote transnational education specifically for underserved regions of 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, San Bernardino.