Joan Burkhardt

Assistant Teaching Professor


Dr. Burkhardt teaches in the Graduate School of Education and the Global Studies and International Relations master's program at the College of Professional Studies. She is Master Teacher for the first and last courses in the M.Ed. program - Education as an Advanced Field of Study and the Capstone, and she has also taught undergraduate courses in Leadership and English. She specializes in international higher education and is particularly interested in the cross-cultural experiences and adjustment processes of international students studying at U.S. higher education institutions. Her research interests also include “Third Culture Kids” in U.S. education contexts and engagement and motivation in online learning spaces. 

Dr. Burkhardt has been designing and teaching courses at the university level since 2000, and is an experienced K-12 educator, having taught in both public and private urban, suburban, and rural settings. She earned her B.A. from Clark University, Worcester, MA, M.S. from the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, and her Ed.D. from Northeastern. 

In addition to teaching outstanding students at the College of Professional Studies, she loves traveling, reading, and watching movies. She enjoys historical fiction, memoirs, and epistolary novels, particularly those that have an international/multicultural perspective. She lives with her husband, daughter, and son in south-central Massachusetts. 




EdD from Northeastern University (2013)