Graduate Certificate in International Education


  • Sora Friedman

    Sora Friedman PhD, George Mason University
    Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
    MIA, School for International Training
    BA, University of Maryland

    Associate Professor
    Chair, International Education

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education for 27 years, focusing on the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, international training programs, high school exchanges, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies, as well as a master’s in international administration and a certificate in distance education. In addition to teaching and advising, she coordinates the administration of SIT’s International Education low-residency program and serves as chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. Before joining SIT, Sora taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England, and is fluent in Spanish. Outside of work, Sora enjoys contra dancing, listening to live folk music, cooking with local Vermont foods, and working in her yard.

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  • Linda Drake Gobbo

    Linda Drake Gobbo MBA, University of Massachusetts
    MEd, Springfield College
    BA, Hartwick College

    International Education

    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support. In 2011 she led a group of 25 graduate students on a short-term program to Turkey; she took a similar group to Morocco in 2010.

    Linda served as the first elected chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community in NAFSA and recently concluded a term on its subcommittee on information management. She was lead designer and trainer of NAFSA’s original Academy for International Education and a member of its New England regional team. Linda’s consulting, presentations, and writing have addressed the topics of program and curriculum design, strategic planning, internationalization, and multicultural group dynamics. Her geographic interests are mostly in Europe, and her other areas of professional interest include organizational change, and helping youth make educational decisions. She was a board member for her local Montessori school for several years, where she guided strategic planning efforts. Linda holds two master’s degrees, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in student personnel administration from Springfield College. Her personal areas of interest include rowing (as spectator and participant), and getting twins through college.

  • Richard Rodman

    Richard Rodman PhD, Georgia State University
    SCT, MAEd, Murray State University
    AB, Indiana University

    Professor, International Education
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Richard Rodman, who holds a doctorate in comparative international education, teaches graduate courses in international education, program planning and project design, social change, and intercultural communication. Richard has a special interest in theory-to-practice modeling in international and experiential education, non-formal education, and intercultural communication. A current research focus is the internationalization of higher education campuses in the US and other countries, and he co-edited the January 2013 volume of AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy, focusing on that theme.

    Richard has extensive experience in community development and education work in Lesotho and South Africa, and has tackled assignments in more than 50 other countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Before joining the Graduate Institute faculty in 2001, he served as an academic dean at Warren Wilson College, where he introduced the college’s broad-based education abroad program. He also directed international education and global leadership development in more than 60 countries for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Richard remains active in the Comparative International Education Society and NAFSA, and serves as a consultant to colleges, organizations, and programs in the US and abroad. He is a retired civil affairs officer in the US Army Reserve.

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