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Associate professor, George Mason University

Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers.

Dr. Shin is a series editor for a groundbreaking 6-level primary English series for National Geographic Learning called Our World, which won the 2014 HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards for Winner of Best Entry for Learners. She is also a series editor and author of the new 3-level preprimary series Welcome to Our World as well as the host of a professional development video series that she designed for Our World. Her book Teaching Young Learners English, co-authored with Jodi Crandall, received the prestigious 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize.


  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, George Mason University
  • 2006–2016
    Professor of Practice, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • 2008 
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture


  • 2014
    Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice, National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning