Dr. Joyce Ellyne is an independent academic and consultant, living in Cape Town South Africa. A native of Colorado, she obtained a Masters from the University of Colorado before moving to the Virginia and earning her doctorate from the University of Maryland. She then became involved in the movement for national education standards and worked on numerous education reform projects at the state and national level, including the National Science Education Standards with the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution. During this time, Dr. Ellyne was an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University and University of Virginia, teaching mathematics and education courses.
Following release of the National Science Standards, she consulted for Discovery Channel Education, helping create award winning science education programs. From 2001-03, Joyce lived in Zambia with spouse Mark, who was the IMF Resident Representative. While there, she consulted for NGO projects on intra-country comparative education, maternal health, and adults living with HIV/AIDS. After returning to the USA, she again consulted on state and federal education projects.
In 2010, Dr. Ellyne returned to Africa as Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town on the National Benchmark Tests, now used as the entrance exam for most universities in South Africa. Through that project, she visited many of South Africa’s 24 universities and learned first-hand about the challenges of the post-apartheid education. UCT research that linked readiness for university to demographic differences led her to further study the issues and inequalities within the basic education system. She currently consults on education projects in rural Mpumalanga and in Cape Town.
Between projects, Joyce has taken advantage of her husband’s work in Africa to travel and spend time in Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Mozambique. She and Mark look forward to the semester at sea as their next shared adventure.