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About Joseph B. Berger

Joseph B. Berger, Ph.D. is a Professor of Education and the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  He previously served as the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he was also the Director of the Center for International Education. Dean Berger has nearly 20 years of strategic academic leadership experience in which he has been instrumental in developing innovative academic programs, enhancing faculty development, improving opportunities for inclusive student success, building improved administrative infrastructure, promoting sponsored research, mission-driven fundraising, engaging community partners, promoting international collaboration, and championing social justice.

Dr. Berger is also a renowned and award-winning scholar whose work focuses on higher education policy, organization and leadership, the impact of higher education on key stakeholders, and the development of higher education in various national contexts. Internationally, he has provided leadership for projects in countries such as Malawi, China, Russia, Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and consulted with institutions in Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Qatar, Peru, Poland, Philippines, and Somalia. Dr. Berger also served as the Chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) Initiative for the Worldwide Universities Network.  He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and has served on the editorial boards for several top journals.  He has received $62 million in funding for his work from agencies and foundations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ford Foundation, Trefler Foundation, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. He has won several national awards for his scholarship from associations such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.


Present Dean and Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston College of Education and Human Development

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College of Education and Human Development
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125


International Higher Education (12)

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Equity and Access (7)