John Lucas

PhD, Penn State University
MA, Penn State University
MA, SIT Graduate Institute 

Senior Vice President for Academic Programs
Chief Academic Officer

John Lucas brings nearly two decades of international education experience to his position as senior vice president for academic programs at World Learning. An alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute, Lucas serves as the chief academic officer for World Learning's graduate programs, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living, overseeing programs in more than 50 countries.

Prior to joining World Learning, Lucas served as deputy director and associate vice president of academic programs for IES Abroad, where he developed new international study programs utilizing academic models that made field work a fundamental part of the curriculum. These included programs on environmental and social change in Costa Rica and metropolitan studies, which integrates field work in Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg. He also created an educational technology department, which implemented an online learning platform in 35 centers across 18 countries. Lucas served as the primary author of the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, which harmonizes standards for language teaching and intercultural communication across the 10 languages the organization teaches throughout the world. Lucas also spent 12 years working abroad, directing international programs in Spain for IES, CIEE, and the Institute for Social and International Studies at Portland State University. During his time there he also taught Spanish, Catalan, Spanish translation, and linguistics.

Lucas is an active member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Association of American University Programs in Spain, Association for International Education, North American Catalan Society, and The Forum on Education Abroad. He continues to publish and lecture on his academic fields of specialization, which include second language acquisition, cross-cultural counseling, and intercultural communication.

Lucas holds a master's and doctorate degrees in Spanish linguistics from Penn State University and a master's degree in international and intercultural management from SIT Graduate Institute.

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