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Athens, Ga. – Yana Cornish has been named the new director of education abroad at the University of Georgia’s Office of International Education. Prior to accepting her position at UGA, Cornish served as the director of study abroad programs at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Her UGA appointment is effective August 18, 2014.

Cornish will come to UGA with over ten years of experience as Director of UNI’s Study Abroad Center.  Over this time, UNI’s student participation in study abroad close to quadrupled with the result that UNI is now ranked amongst the top 40 MA-level institutions in the US for study abroad participation by the IIE’s Open Doors report.  Other accomplishments include the expansion of short-term faculty-led programs from 4 to 36, addition of 50 new student exchange partnerships, spearheading the curricular integration of study abroad at UNI and development of an international travel registry. Cornish has also conducted research and co-authored publications on cross-cultural studies and on teacher preparation and foreign language study.

As director of education abroad, Cornish director will be responsible for articulating a strategic vision of UGA’s education abroad efforts, developing and implementing effective education abroad policies and procedures, and working with academic units on curriculum integration and curriculum internationalization. The education abroad director will also define strategies to increase student access to study abroad including scholarships.

“I am delighted that Yana Cornish will be joining the senior team at the Office of International Education,” said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education. “International education at UGA is continuing to grow and expand in exciting ways and Dr. Cornish has the experience and leadership to take our study abroad programming to the next level.” 

“I am thrilled to be joining UGA and look forward to assisting in the campus internationalization efforts by removing barriers for student and faculty engagement in international education,” said Cornish. “My first steps will be to get to know the University, its community and culture.”

Cornish has a degree in Early Childhood Education/ English Teaching from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Masters degrees in TESOL and Spanish from University of Northern Iowa, and an Ed.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Northern Iowa.  She is a dual citizen of Russia and the United States.