Visiting International Scholars
The College of Education is pleased to host several international scholars during the spring of 2010. Please contact them to learn more about their research on important educational issues.
2010-2011 Visiting Scholars
2009-2010 Visiting Scholars
Dr. Kemal Gürüz is retired professor of chemical engineering at the Middle East Technical University and the former president of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey, a national board of governors for all institutions of higher education in the country, which now comprise over 140 universities with a total enrollment of 3 million students. His previous posts and positions include visiting professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, rector of Karadeniz Technical University, chairman of the Turkish Fulbright Commission, president of the Turkish National Science Foundation and fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2005, he was the first recipient of the Chancellor John W. Ryan Fellowship in International Education at the State University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of higher education governance and R&D management. His book entitled "Higher Education and International Student Mobility in the Global Knowledge Economy" was published by SUNY Press in 2008. He holds an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Binghamton."is former president of the Turkish Council of Higher Education. He will present "Higher Education in the Global Economy Today" on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Dickey Hall Room 109. All are invited to attend.
Dr. Jingrong Li comes to us from Wuhan University of Technology. She will be giving a talk entitled "Structural Changes to Universities in China in 1952 and in 1998" on March 3, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in room 109 of Dickey Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Dr. Toshmatova Nazirakhon is a visiting scholar from Tajikistan on the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), under sponsorship of the U.S. State Department. This program is aimed at providing opportunities for university scholars and instructors from the former USSR with strong potential for leadership in their disciplines to enhance and expand their academic knowledge in their fields, and to foster contacts and collaboration between universities and departments in the U.S. and their home universities.
Toshmatova is English Department Head of the Foreign Languages Faculty at Khujand State University in Tajikistan. Her scholarly interests are within the fields of higher education administration, linguistics, academic writing, and curriculum materials development. Nazira has been involved since 1997in various British Council, Soros Foundation and Aga Khan Foundation projects aimed at professional development of the English language teachers of secondary and post- secondary educational institutions. She has published several articles on interactive methods of teaching and helped to write teaching manuals for students in her Foreign Language Department. She has been nationally honored for her contribution to "Excellence in the Field of Education" in Tajikistan.
“I greatly appreciate being among American scholars in UK, observing their classes and getting acquainted with the American system of training graduate students. Participation in the College of Education gives me an opportunity to study recent research in higher education in the U.S.A. and European countries, and to understand contemporary global issues as they relate to education and higher education. I intend to continue collaboration with Dr. Alan DeYoung on issues of higher education in Tajikistan nest year when I return home."
Dr. Nazirakhon is a visiting scholar in the department of Educational Policy and Evaluation. She will be giving a public presentation entitled "Higher Education Reform in Tajikistan" on March 3, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in room 109 of Dickey Hall. All are welcome to attend.
updated 01-20-2011 by Ellen Usher