About JKS

Joan Kang Shin, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers. In 2016, Dr. Shin was named one of the 30 Up and Coming Leaders of TESOL by TESOL International Association.

Dr. Shin
is a series editor for a groundbreaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World, which won the 2014 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards for Winner of Best Entry for Learners. She is also a series editor and author of the new 3-level preprimary series Welcome to Our World as well as the host of a professional development video series that she designed for Our World. Her book Teaching Young Learners English, co-authored with Jodi Crandall, received the prestigious 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize. Most recently she served as series editor for an exciting 4-level English series for young teens called Impact that highlights the work of National Geographic Explorers. She also authored and hosts the Impact professional development videos that focuses on how to teach teenagers effectively in the 21st century.

In addition, she is an English Language Specialist for the Office of English Language Programs (OELP) in the U.S. Department of State and has conducted EFL teacher training programs with hundreds of teachers in Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Laos, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the U.A.E. She has reached audiences of up to 2,000 through online webinars and digital videoconferencing.

Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture, UMBC, 2008
M.A., ISD, Bilingual/ESOL Education, UMBC, 1999
B.A., Economics, Cornell University, 1993

Current Positions
Associate Professor, College of Education & Human Development, George Mason University
Academic Coordinator, Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners
Director, Center for Advanced Proficiency in English
English Language Specialist, U.S. Department of State

Past Positions
Professor of Practice, Education Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Project Director 2007-2012, STEP T for ELLs Program

Program Coordinator 2009-2012, E-Teacher Scholarship Program