Jana Moore has been named assistant director for student services at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute.
Part of the administrative team, she will counsel the institute’s staff and students on immigration matters and provide academic advising and placement assistance for prospective university students.
She will also organize activities and develop programs that immerse the institute’s international students into the campus and community to better acclimate them to American culture even as they share their own.
“Working in international education is not work for me,” Moore said. “It is an opportunity every day to help students learn about other cultures — and for me to learn as well.”
She is also a designated school official ensuring students' compliance with federal regulations governing international students and exchange scholars.
Moore brings more than 20 years’ experience in international education, with emphasis on immigration and academic advising, admissions, policy writing, and program development. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor at John Cabot University in Rome.
She received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and foreign languages from the University of Southern Mississippi, her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma, and a TESOL certificate from Methodist University.
Moore replaces Sondra Schreiber, who left Virginia Tech earlier this year.
The Language and Culture Institute, part of Outreach and International Affairs, recruits students internationally on behalf of the university and prepares international students for admission to Virginia Tech. In the past year, its recruiters spent more than 300 days on the road searching for promising students in 19 countries on four continents.