Master of Arts in International Education (Low Residency)


  • 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.

  • David Shallenberger

    David Shallenberger PhD, Fielding Institute
    MBA, Stanford University
    BA, Pomona College

    Professor, International Education
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    David Shallenberger joined the SIT Graduate Institute’s International Education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute. David holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad, which reflect his interest in applied research, advocacy, and professional ethics. His previous positions include 20 years teaching global studies, intercultural communication and research, ethical leadership, and multicultural awareness; developing and coordinating travel study programs for adults in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; directing a BA program in Hong Kong; and expanding understanding of “the other.”

    Before coming to SIT, David held faculty and administrative positions at DePaul University and the University of Redlands and taught at Elmhurst College, Mallinckrodt College, and National University. He has given workshops on adult learning, cross-cultural communication, and multicultural issues at universities in El Salvador, Poland, Romania, and China, and is the author of Reclaiming the Spirit: Gay Men and Lesbians Come to Terms with Religion (Rutgers University Press, 1998).

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  • Janet Y. Thomas

    Janet Y. Thomas PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Ed.M., Widener University
    BA, Norfolk State University

    Associate Professor
    International Education

    Janet Y.  Thomas received her PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her areas of focus are international educational policy, internationalization in education, program design, program evaluation, educational assessments, educational administration, intercultural communication, and team-building. She has experience in international educational settings in southern Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Thomas has held positions at Zayed University in Dubai, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Educating Drug-Exposed Children (Routledge/Falmer Press, 2005) and is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society, the American Educational Research Association, Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society in Education, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society.

  • Ray Young

    Ray Young EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    MEd, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    BA, University of Colorado Boulder

    Assistant Professor,
    International Education

    Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst. He also holds a graduate certificate in film studies. Before coming to SIT, Ray served as a lecturer teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on bilingual and multicultural education and as an associate dean and director of study abroad at Landmark College. His international experience includes working with the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma as a human rights documentarian, a group leader for Where There Be Dragons, and an ESL teacher in Asia, Europe, and South America. His research interests focus on the significance of “outsider” experiences in the development of intercultural empathy and sensitivity for K–12 teachers and on the pedagogical use of information communication technologies (ICTs) and Web 2.0 platforms in classroom teaching.

  • William Hoffa

    William Hoffa PhD, University of Wisconsin
    MA, Harvard University
    BA, University of Michigan

    Adjunct Faculty
    Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

    Bill Hoffa holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early academic years as a professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College and was founding director of the American Studies program at Hamilton. He also was a senior Fulbright lecturer at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the University of New Mexico. Bill spent eight years as executive director of the Scandinavian Seminar study abroad organization, followed by five years with the Council on International Educational Exchange. His other positions include study abroad advisor at Amherst College and international education editor for Transitions Abroad magazine. Bill has taught and advised students in the SIT Graduate Institute’s Masters Program in International Education for over a decade. He is a founding board member of the Forum on Education Abroad, on which he served two terms. In 2005 he received NAFSA’s Homer Higbee Award for distinguished service and mentoring colleagues. He has authored and edited many publications, including NAFSA’S Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators (2005), A History of U.S. Study Abroad: Beginnings to 1965 (2007, Journal of Study Abroad), and A History of U.S. Study Abroad: 1965 to the Present (2010, Frontiers).

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