UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler GATE Director Named
December 7, 2010
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
Dr. Jill Blondin, associate professor of art history at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been named director of the Global Awareness Through Education program, Dr. Peter Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.
Her appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2011.
“The GATE project is one of the most important programs we have ever had at UT Tyler, and Dr. Blondin is uniquely qualified to lead this effort,” said Dr. Donna Dickerson, vice provost and dean of graduate studies.
The GATE program at UT Tyler is a multi-faceted global immersion program for freshmen and sophomores, blending coursework, service opportunities and international experiences. UT Tyler chose the integrated program for its Quality Enhancement Plan, which is part of the requirements for re-affirmation of UT Tyler’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. GATE was selected through broad-based input of the entire campus community and developed by UT Tyler faculty and staff.
The program will begin next fall.
As GATE director, Blondin will be responsible for the program’s oversight, development and delivery. Among various duties, she will coordinate faculty training and the GATE Faculty Learning Community and recruit freshmen to the GATE program.
Blondin also will plan and implement a sophomore summer overseas program and collaborate with community organizations that have a global/cross-cultural emphasis.
“Her combination of love of teaching, dedication to student success, outstanding records of scholarship, knowledge and appreciation of other cultures and experience with international student travel all make her the ideal director for GATE,” Dickerson added.
A faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History since 2002, Blondin holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She serves as the department’s undergraduate advising coordinator and currently organizes various conferences and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, including a biannual travel study course to Italy, which she developed.
Blondin also serves as president of the UT Tyler Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and received the 2010 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.