Meet the Staff
Jill E. Blondin, Ph.D.
Director, VCU Globe
Dr. Jill E. Blondin received her B.A. in art history from Indiana University, and her A.M. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before becoming director of VCU Globe, Dr. Blondin served as director of the Center for Global Education and the Global Awareness through Education (GATE) program at the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler). While at UT Tyler, she helped to develop and to launch GATE, a globally-focused two-year living/learning program with an education abroad component. Dr. Blondin, an Associate Professor of Art History, also developed UT Tyler’s Italy travel/study program in the Department of Art and Art History. She has lived in Rome, Italy, and has traveled to Egypt, India, Japan, Tunisia, Belize, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Romania, and many other European countries. Dr. Blondin has received awards for her teaching and research, including the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UT Tyler’s Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, and the Kress Fellowship in Art History from the Renaissance Society of America.
Leslie A. Bozeman, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Global Engagement
Dr. Leslie Bozeman is the VCU Globe Associate Director of Global Engagement. Her career in international education encompasses local, state, national, and international initiatives. With experience in both student and academic affairs, Dr. Bozeman has designed, implemented, and assessed undergraduate and graduate campus programs. She demonstrates a commitment to engaging with cultural populations through a history of membership and leadership in cultural organizations, and helps others navigate cross-cultural encounters by facilitating workshops on intercultural communication and aspects of American culture. Through Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, Dr. Bozeman studied issues of Citizenship, Multiculturalism and Education in Brazil, and for her dissertation research, she examined educational collaborations between the United States and Brazil. She has lived in Argentina and has traveled in Brazil, Italy, Japan, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. Dr. Bozeman earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in International Higher Education from Boston College, and her M.A. in Teaching and B.A. in Foreign Language and Communication Media from American University.
Assistant Director of Community Outreach
Barbara Ingber received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Colgate University. Prior to coming to VCU, she worked as the Bilingual/ESL Parent Liaison for Richmond Public Schools, where she collaborated with governmental agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and community members to design and develop trainings and events, establish programs, and deliver services and information to meet the needs of diverse populations in a variety of school and community settings. She has held leadership positions in Colaborando Juntos’ Education Committee, the ESL School and Community Group, the Southside Coalition, and City Coalition; participated in activities with the African Cultural Network, Richmond City’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services; and has been a member of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Virginia Latino Pilot Project (VALPP) Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Area Foreign Student Advisors (MAFSA), RLCC (Regional Literacy Coordinating Committee), and Virginia ESL Supervisors’ Association (VESA). A former member of the Board of Directors for Hope in the Cities, she continues to serve on the Advisory Committee. Barbara has taught English as a Second Language to adults from around the world, was General Manager of the U.S. subsidiary of Spain’s largest publisher and Assistant Director of the Spanish Division of Larousse & Co.
Assistant Director of Residence Education
Ms. Christina Marino is the Assistant Director of Residence Education. Ms. Marino received her B.A. in international studies and political science from Baldwin-Wallace College, and her M.A. in international studies from Ohio University. The focus of her work at Ohio University was religion and politics in Southeast Asia, specifically in Indonesia and the Philippines. Before becoming Assistant Director of Residence Education for VCU Globe, Christina served as a Hall Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) in Chicago, Illinois. While at Illinois Tech, she worked with a student population that was 40% international and worked with a residential theme community that was globally-focused for upper-class and graduate students. Christina also worked at Elmhurst College and co-instructed a course called the "McDonaldization of Society," which focused on global issues and globalization. She has travelled to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico.
Cole Cridlin graduated from VCU in 2011 and holds degrees in English, French, and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies. As a student Cole served as a peer advisor within the Department of English as well as a teaching assistant for the School of World Studies. In 2009, he was named an Undergraduate Student Fellow by VCU and spent the summer using digital technologies to "free" Flamenca, a 13th century romance written in medieval Provençal of which only one incomplete copy remains in existence and yet is considered to be the prototype of the chivalric romance genre. As an undergraduate student Cole integrated study abroad programs into each of his curricula, studying abroad twice in France and once in Canada. After graduating he joined the VCU Education Abroad office where he worked as a study abroad advisor. In 2012, Cole moved to Paris, France after being awarded a Fulbright grant to serve as an English teaching assistant at Lycée Evariste Galois. Cole has traveled to Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium but has spent most of his travels extensively exploring France.Back to top