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About Joseph B. Berger

Joseph B. Berger, Ph.D. is a Professor of Education and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is also the Director of the Center for International Education (CIE). He is also the Chair of the Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Dr. Berger’s scholarly expertise focuses on higher education leadership and policy, organizational development, and K-16 systems alignment and evaluation. His work is informed by a commitment to social justice and promoting equity and excellence in higher education within and across local, national and international communities. Internationally, he has worked on projects in Afghanistan, Malawi, China, Russia and Palestine; and consulted with institutions in Colombia, Chile, Egypt, Ireland, Poland, Qatar, Somalia, and the Philippines. Dr. Berger has also conducted numerous workshops and training programs on leadership development, strategic planning, faculty development, and educational assessment. He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and has served on the editorial boards for top journals such as Education Research International, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of College Student Retention. His work in collaboration with others has generated $58.6 million in funding from agencies and foundations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Ford 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), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He earned his Ph.D. in education and human development, specializing in higher education administration, from Vanderbilt University in 1997.


Present Senior Associate Dean, University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education
Present Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst ‐ Center for International Education
Present Professor, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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101W Furcolo Hall
813 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-1119


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