Joan Kang Shin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program 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 through both online and in-person programs. She is an expert in online TESOL education and professional development and conducts research on building international virtual communities of inquiry for English teachers. In her career, Dr. Shin has secured over $8 million in grants primarily focused on developing global online English language teacher professional development programs.
Dr. Shin is an award-winning author and series editor. She is a co-author with Dr. JoAnn Crandall of Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice, which won the Ben Warren International House Trust Prize. Dr. Shin is also a Series Editor, with Dr. Crandall, of four English language books series by National Geographic Learning: Our World, Explore Our World, Welcome to Our World, and Impact. In 2016, Dr. Shin was named one of the 30 Up and Coming Leaders of TESOL by TESOL International Association.