- MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 1977
- BFA, Wayne State University, 1971
- Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art, Brandeis University, 1972
JoAnne Berke is a professor at Humboldt State University and the head of the art education area. She has been teaching and exhibited her work for the past four decades. She has exhibited nationally and has been the recipient of grants from the California Arts Council, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.