Joanna Gorin Named Vice President of Global Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment at ETS

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(Princeton, NJ – July 1, 2020) – ETS President and CEO Walt MacDonald announced today that Joanna Gorin has been named Vice President of Global Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment and Chief Operating Officer of Global English Language Markets at the organization. She begins her new role October 1.

Gorin takes on this newly established position as ETS moves to increase its prominence and influence within the global language learning and assessment ecosystem through inventing and accelerating solutions to market that best serve the learners of tomorrow. Under her leadership, a coherent strategy that meets the needs of a growing and evolving global English language market will integrate established brands and emerging ETS products and services. The new strategy will position ETS to more fully leverage its long-standing leadership in psychometrics and measurement research, coupled with language acquisition expertise and AI-based technologies to provide distinguished value across the language learning journey.

“Joanna has established an outstanding reputation at ETS as both a leader and innovator and has played a key role in transforming our Research unit over the past eight years,” said Dave Hunt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ETS. “Her exceptional research background, product knowledge, and demonstrated leadership attributes position her well for this role as we elevate and move our new strategy forward in order to best serve the global language learning community. ETS has always held a strong position in the global language field and I am confident that will only be strengthened under Joanna’s strategic direction.”

Gorin began her career at ETS in 2012 after serving a dual appointment at Arizona State University (ASU) as associate professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics and research scientist in the Learning Sciences Institute. For the past eight years, including as Vice President of Research, she has had oversight of a comprehensive research agenda to support current and future educational assessments for K-12, higher education, global, and workforce settings, including research on next generation assessment, cognitive and learning science, and artificial intelligence. She has most recently provided leadership for a global English language initiative focused on the design and development of personalized and adaptive systems to improve the efficiency and efficacy of language learning.

“I am excited to take on this new role in leading ETS as we move to expand our positive impact on language learners across the globe through innovative learning, teaching and assessment offerings,” said Gorin. “As global education and workforce needs continue to evolve, the solutions, assessments and tools we must provide to effectively support language learners and those who teach them becomes all the more important. ETS’s established leadership in the language learning and assessment space will allow us to grow a portfolio of English language solutions that serve learners and teachers of language more holistically in their educational journeys towards language proficiency and lifelong success.”

Gorin holds a PhD in quantitative psychology from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and recently earned an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, with a major in strategic management.