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Meet the Staff - Undergraduate Studies

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Cristina Helbling, Assistant Vice President

Cristina Helbling is the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. Cristina grew up in Clearwater, Florida, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She later earned her Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law. Cristina enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.

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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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Office of Undergraduate Studies

Founders Hall

Building 2, Suite 1200

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224



(904) 620-1012