Jennifer Donaghue

Jennifer Donaghue
Title:
Executive Director, International Education | The International Services Office & The Office for Study Abroad
Phone:
202-994-4477
Email:
[email protected]

Hometown:
San Francisco, California

Experience:
Dr. Jennifer Donaghue serves as Executive Director of International Education for the International Services Office and the Office for Study Abroad. She studied and interned abroad in Spain, and taught English in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) before coming to Washington, D.C. to pursue a graduate degree in International Affairs at American University.

Jennifer earned her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration at GW University in 2020. Her research interests lie in global identity development and international student exchange as a scholar practitioner. An expert in international student and scholar advising, Jennifer also oversees GW’s employment based immigration work for faculty, researchers and scholars.

Jennifer has facilitated and presented intercultural communication and international student awareness trainings at the university, and has been a guest lecturer in international and higher education courses. She facilitated reverse culture shock activities for Iraqi students participating in the 2016 State Department’s “Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program” in collaboration with Meridian International. In 2017 she facilitated a workshop with the Institute of International Education, preparing grantees for their departure and identity adaptation in the Middle East. From 2016-2020 she was an invited keynote speaker and facilitator for AmidEast re-entry workshops. Jennifer has served as a facilitator of the Diversity Abroad Strategic Leadership Forum from 2018 to present, and co-authored the forum's white paper. She has moderated and been a panelist of the State Department’s “Education USA Interactive Webinars”, and has led presentations in Uganda and Cambodia at Education USA regional forum regarding the international student experience and navigating the visa process.

Dr. Donaghue has been the recipient of two grants from GW University, the first to foster cross cultural sensitivity for campus internationalization, and the second to enhance career preparation activities for international students. She is an active member of NAFSA and has participated in advocacy on behalf of international education on Capitol Hill.

Courses Taught:
EDUC 6620 Managing International Student and Study Abroad Programs
IAFF 2040 Global Investigations

Education:
BA, International Relations, San Francisco State University
MA, International Affairs, American University
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, GW University 

Interesting Facts:
Jennifer attended Alvin Ailey’s School of Dance in NYC and she has performed in the DMV area with local Flamenco dance companies.