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Dr. Karen Patterson, Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Patterson received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State University. Her professional experiences have included teaching students with emotional and behavior disorders, and autism in the Cleveland Public Schools. Her research has a focus on improving practices for underserved students, college students with disabilities, collaborative partnerships, and parental involvement for students at risk for failure. Dr. Patterson co-sponsored UNF's student chapter of the special education national organization, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and is an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recipient. Prior to her appointment, she served as Chair of the Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education Department at UNF. She also holds the rank of Professor within her department.

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Rachel Broderick, Director, Academic Support Services

Rachel has worked at the University of North Florida since 1989 where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education. She has served the university community as an academic advisor in both the College of Education and Human Services, the Academic Center for Excellence and as Director of the Brooks College of Health advising office. She currently is a Director of Academic Support Services in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Rachel is a student advocate and is committed to fulfilling the university's mission. Although she spends most of her days in an office environment, Rachel is a nature-enthusiast with plans to visit all the National Parks. She also travels internationally and has accompanied UNF students on study abroad experiences in France and Ireland.

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Dr. Karen S. Cousins, Director of Undergraduate Research

Karen Cousins has been an undergraduate student, a graduate student, and a faculty member at UNF. Now she oversees undergraduate research opportunities across academic units (her dream job). She received her PhD from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, developing expertise in historical inquiry and archival research, source analysis and interpretation, theory, method, writing, and revision – knowledge she is eager to share with UNF student researchers. Curious about practically everything, Dr. Cousins is a social and cultural historian of the early modern Spanish world. She has particular interests in ways people conceived of and understood the sacred and in the history of emotions, exploring these topics through interdisciplinary lenses. Dr. Cousins is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of History.
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Katie Sarria, Assistant Director, Retention Initiatives

Katie Sarria grew up in Tampa, Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida, where she was an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She later earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration degree from University of North Florida. She thinks forming relationships with faculty, staff, and students across campus is the best part of working in Undergraduate Studies. In her spare time, Katie enjoys creating fun memories with her family, spending time outdoors, and watching college sports.

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Building 2, Suite 1200

University of North Florida

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Jacksonville, FL 32224



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