Joseph Vess

Director of Integrative Learning Appalachian Center for Civic Life

Joseph Vess is the Director of Integrative Learning, working closely with students, faculty and staff to incorporate project-based learning, critical reflection and ePortfolios into the Emory & Henry experience. This includes student advising, supporting faculty development, administering the Ampersand student grants program and organizing Ampersand Day. He is also the director of E&H’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Learning. Doing. Connecting.

Before coming to Emory & Henry, Joseph was a Senior Program Officer and Acting Deputy Director for US Programs at Promundo, an international non-governmental organization which promotes gender equality through research, programming and advocacy. He worked on several domestic initiatives including the US adaptation and evaluation of the Program H curriculum for young men; and research, interventions, and advocacy to promote involved and non-violent fatherhood in the United States.

He also contributed to Promundo’s work on sexual and gender-based violence prevention and men’s engagement in crisis, conflict, and post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, including development and implementation of the Living Peace program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Sierra Leone. He also supported violence prevention and youth development interventions with young men in Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to his work at Emory & Henry, Joseph facilitates healthy fatherhood groups at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority facility in Abingdon for Highlands Community Services and raises chickens and sheep. He previously served as Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Men Can Stop Rape, where he trained professionals to engage men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence and the promotion of gender equality. In the years prior he also worked for the DC Rape Crisis Center, the War Crimes Research Office at American University, and spent two years as a journalist based in Cairo, Egypt.


  • American University School of International Service, Washington, DC
    M.A. International Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, IL
    B.S. Journalism and Political Science

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