Featured Colleague: Julie Corderman Finds Her Perfect Role in Student Services

By Dani Moritz-Long

With 15 years of experience as a mental health counselor, Julie Corderman is aptly suited for her role today as the director of student services on Winter Park Campus. Drawing upon her experiences in mental health and her innate ability to problem solve, Julie — who previously served the College as an adjunct professor and manager of student services — says she enjoys the opportunity to help students in a small campus environment where she’s doing anything from troubleshooting a registration issue to discussing academic and personal concerns with students.

“My philosophy,” she says, “is that my purpose on any given day is determined by who walks through my door.”

Throughout her tenure, Julie, who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, master’s in clinical psychology and doctorate in higher education leadership, has been inspired by the people of Valencia. She calls Valencia students ” a rich tapestry of our community” that inspires her to grow as an educator, and she’s equally fond of her colleagues.

“I love who I work with and who I work for,” she said. “The faculty and staff that I come into the most contact with are dedicated to the student experience and are always thinking of ways to improve the student experience and aid students in being successful. I love that we are invited to always be thinking about new and better ways of doing things; we are never satisfied.”

In her personal quest to improve student learning at the College, Julie is most proud of her work developing and scaling Valencia’s probation and suspension work.

“We created a pilot program at Winter Park and ran a study for three years,” she explained. “Once I was able to demonstrate through data that our program was successful, we were able to scale it collegewide. I now have over 100 advisors working with this project.”

Also among her top achievements, she says, is chairing the (former) Professional Staff Association and building the Winter Park Campus Student Services team.

“I am super proud of the work that my staff puts in every day and feel like I have some of the most qualified staff at the College,” she said.

Likewise, Dean of Students Joe Sarrubbo says, he’s immensely proud of Julie.

“Julie is a dynamic learning leader who is laser-focused on making sure all of our students succeed,” Joe said. “I admire her for her pioneering spirit and for her indefatigable desire to ensure all students feel welcomed, connected and valued when they visit the Winter Park Campus.”

Outside of Valencia, you can find Julie — a self-described “sports nut” — boxing, running, weightlifting and doing Pilates. When she isn’t being active herself, you’ll find her rooting on the Montreal Canadiens and learning French so can visit Montreal and enjoy a game from the other side of the border.

Know of someone who embodies one of Valencia’s Values (learning, people, diversity, access or integrity), who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu. He or she might be one of our featured colleagues, subject to supervisor’s approval.

1 Comment

  • Gwendolyn Noel said:

    Great job Dr. Corderman!

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 08:25:24 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:25:24 +0000am18,8:25 am

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