Joan Elias Gore, President Emeritus of J. E. Gore International Consultants, engaging in consulting projects with undergraduate education abroad organizations, has had a long career in international education, most recently including positions as Senior Academic Consultant with the Foundation for International Education, London; a faculty appointment at the University of Virginia as Director of Adult Education Travel Programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, with appointments to university-wide international education committees and projects and adjunct faculty member at UVa’s Curry School of Education.
Joan earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Culture and Policy from the Institute of Education, University of London (University College), and holds both an M.A. in Modern European History and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in History and Political Science earned at the University of Toledo. Joan began her career as a faculty member at the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies and Assistant Dean and the in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where she created the first Study Abroad Office and built faculty support and study abroad participation at the institution. From 1987-2006 she worked with U.S., British, and Danish international education organizations (AIFS, CIEE, DIS) on education abroad program and enrollment development, holding a variety of senior positions in these organizations. Her research and publications in the field of international education include the books Dominant Beliefs and Alternative Voices: Discourse, Belief, and Gender in American Study Abroad and Cost-Effective Techniques for Internationalizing the Campus and Curriculum, with book chapters in international education publications including The Handbook of Practice and Research in Study Abroad: Higher Education and the Quest for Global Citizenship; NAFSA: Guide to Education Abroad and magazine and web publications. She has created and presented at numerous panels, workshops, and professional training programs for international education and academic associations, including NAFSA, where she has held leadership appointments, and at AIEA, CIEE, FORUM, EAIE, AASCU, NAFEO (National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education) and many others, including most recent projects developing cost effective study opportunities for students at students attending AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) institutions and completing a video interview project for the AASCU-CCIEE (China Center for International Educational Exchange) pioneering China/U.S. programs.