Jana Jaffa

  • International Proposal Developer
Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office
Beecher Dock House | University Park, PA 16802








Job Responsibilities

As a member of the Developer team, Jana supports faculty and administrators with the the preparation of strategic international, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research proposals.


Professional Background

Prior to joining SIRO in 2021, Jana was the Associate Director of International Employment and Specialty Graduate Programs in Smeal College of Business.  She received her B.A. in Spanish, M.Ed. in Higher Education, and dual-title D.Ed. in Higher Education and Comparative and International Education from Penn State. Jana has traveled to 15 countries and has been invited to present internationally in Spain, Ireland, Canada, and Greece, and she was selected as a Global Programs staff exchange finalist to South Korea. Jana is actively involved with the NAFSA Research and Scholarship Committee, actively presents with the Comparative and International Education Society, and serves on the NACADA International Advisory Board. Outside the office, Jana enjoys running, hiking, traveling, playing the piano, and managing her mini farm. 


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