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The IAFOR Journal of Education is grateful for the valuable contributions of time and expertise generously donated by all reviewers.
Information about the IAFOR Journal of Education editorial team can be found on the main Editors page.
Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, The Philippines
Jose is the Head of Mathematics and Sciences Courses at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. He finished his Doctorate Degree in Education at the Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines and Post Graduate Certificate in Maritime Education and Training in Southampton Solent University in the United Kingdom. Jose is interested in the fields of Science Education, Policy Making, Teaching Methodologies, Curriculum Design, and Management Styles. He is also a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Physics and Mathematics (IJAPM), the Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering and the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific Journal.
Redeemer University College, Canada
Christina Belcher earned her PhD (Philosophy of Education) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in higher education in Australia, New Zealand, British Columbia and is currently Chair of the Education Department at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario. Her research interests include worldview, children’s literature, higher education, culture, collaborative inquiry, partnerships, and technology. She has been the former Editor of the ICCTE Journal and is currently their book review editor. Her academic publications include book chapters, peer-reviewed journals, and education journals/magazines for teacher audience as well as collaborative research projects. She is an unapologetic "book-a-holic", and loves to read.
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Qatar
Rachid Bendriss received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and MA in TESOL from the University of Central Florida (UCF), USA. He has been teaching multilingual students since 1999. He is currently an associate professor of English for Academic Purposes and Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach and Foundation programs at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr Bendriss taught and managed educational programs at UCF and Valencia College in Florida, USA. He has lectured and written extensively on issues related to the internationalization of higher education, second language literacy, academic English development, information literacy, college readiness, and educational technology. Dr Bendriss is an international education leader who received the prestigious US Department of State Fulbright Award of International Education, the distinguished Florida Association of International Education Annual Award, and multiple awards for excellence in teaching.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Philippines
Angie Borican is the Director of the Publications Office under the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Development of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila. She supervises the unit in charge of producing the University journals and other publication projects of the University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, College of Communication, and handles journalism and research subjects. She also teaches in the PUP Open University as course facilitator in the Master in Communication and Master in Educational Management programs and handles research, organizational communication and development courses.
A Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Journalism graduate, cum laude from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, she finished her Master in Business Administration degree also in UP Diliman and earned her Doctor in Educational Management degree from the PUP Graduate School. She is actively involved in research and publications. Her research outputs have been presented locally and abroad in research conferences organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), Asian Media and Information Center (AMIC), the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) among others. She has likewise authored and/or edited a number of modules and books both in the field of communication and education.
University of Adrar, Algeria
Bachir Bouhania got both his MPhil (1999) and PhD (2007) from the University of Oran, Algeria. Since 1999, he has been teaching at the University of Adrar, in the south of the country, in the Department of Arts and English Language, Faculty of Arts and Languages. Former head of department (2002–2012), Vice-Dean for postgraduate studies (2012–2013), person in charge of the domain of foreign languages (2011–2017), and secretary of the National Pedagogical Committee for the Domain of Foreign Languages (CPND-LLE), he is the current Erasmus+ coordinator at the university level. Professor Bouhania reviews academic papers for several local, national and international journals such as SageOpen. He was a senior reviewer for IAFOR’s European Conference on Language Learning held in Brighton, UK, in 2014.
Independent Researcher, Spain
Nick Chown is an independent autism advocate, mentor, researcher and trainer. He has undertaken research on support for students with autism at university, barriers to learning for students with autism in further education, autism awareness in the police service, viva protocols for doctoral students with autism, and diagnostic pathways for autistic adults. His most recent published research – undertaken in conjunction with various university colleagues – involved the development of a framework for "inclusive" research in autism. In addition to leading a team of independent researchers in the field of autism, he has also been engaged with a university project mentoring autistic adults. He is currently undertaking an investigation of autism research over the past 20 years and writing entries for an encyclopaedia of autism. His book entitled Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory was published in November 2016. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Prior to all this he had a lengthy career in corporate risk management.
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Joanie Crandall is Coordinator of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She teaches for the College of Education. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Interdisciplinary Studies, during which time she was a principal at a K-6 school in the Arctic and served a Limited Term Appointment. She taught grades 7 to 12 on a remote rural Cree reservation in northern Canada and has a background in Instructional Design and Educational Media. She is a facilitator of Instructional Skills workshops.
She was previously the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies and she brings experience reviewing manuscripts for the Canadian Journal of Education. She has worked with non-profits and government agencies and has published her research in a variety of contexts. Her research interests include Indigenous writing, interdisciplinary learning models, multimodal emergent and early literacies, social justice approaches in teaching and writing, and qualitative methods.
Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, the Philippines
Caroline Dacwag is an Associate Professor 1 and an Assistant Research Coordinator at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. She mainly assists faculty members and students in her institution to generate and formulate research topics, and complete research projects while teaching English courses. Her research works are mostly focused on course designs, applied linguistics specifically communication in the classroom and in the workplace, error analysis and/or language performance of students, and assessments.
University of Education, Ghana
Dandy George Dampson holds a PhD from the University of Northampton, United Kingdom, in Educational Administration, Management and School Leadership. He is currently a senior lecturer and the head of department of Psychology and Education in the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. He has published 5 books and over 16 articles in both local and international journals. His research interest are leadership, educational administration and policy, school governance and improvement, teacher education and current educational issues.
Hawaii Tokai International College, USA
Ilaria De Santis earned an EdD in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota, Florida, a MA in Western Literature and Linguistics from the University of Naples "Federico II" and a BA in Art History and Literature from the University of Naples "Federico II". She is currently employed as an associate professor of Liberal Arts and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Hawaii Tokai International College in Kapolei, Hawaii. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing, Speech, and Spanish language at the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland. She has been an assistant professor of Humanities at Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, Virginia, teaching classes in Creative Thinking and Writing, as well as in Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Art. In the past, she worked as a lecturer of Italian and Latin languages at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and trained military linguists and Flag Officers for the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in Advanced Spanish Language. Her research interests include foreign language learning (Classics, ESL, Italian and Spanish), Western/Eastern Literature and Mythology, and Education with emphasis on Homeschooling and Curriculum Development. Her publications include articles published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities and several presentations held at the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Conference in Irvine, California, at Tokai University Shonan Campus, Japan, and at South University, Virginia.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Denise De Souza completed her doctoral degree at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Sec.) and a Master of Education from the same institution. She is currently a full-time Lecturer at the Language and Communication Centre in NTU, where she collaborates with the Scientific Communication team. She has been involved in a range of education-related research and has tended to adopt a critical realist approach in her own research. To date, she has peer-reviewed manuscripts for Evaluation (Sage Journals), and the Asian Journal of Social Psychology and Pedagogies. She has also reviewed a chapter published by the academic publisher Routledge. Her research interests include Academic Literacies, Qualitative and Mixed Methods, Educational Technology, Multimodal Communication, Programme Implementation and Evaluation, and the Application of Critical Realism and Realist Social Theory in research practice.
Kingston University, UK
Tania Dias Fonseca is a Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning at Kingston University and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her interests lie at the intersection of education, society, and technology. Her research focus is on teaching and learning with digital technologies, STEM, active learning, and teacher's training. She has studied social, cultural and political aspects of youth participation with technology and civic engagement. She previously worked as Digital Educational Resource Coordinator for the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Portugal. She taught in secondary schools, and has led community and educational projects at the local, national, and European levels.
Govt. Dyal Singh College, Pakistan
Muhammad Zafar works as a lecturer in Education at Govt. Dyal Singh College, Lahore, Pakistan. He has written several publications, presented at a range of conferences, and he is also a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals. His research interests include Math Education and Educational Leadership and Management.
King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Intakhab A. Khan is an Assistant Professor (Pedagogy of English) at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He holds postgraduate qualifications in English (MA, AMU, India), MEd (Jamia Millia Islamia, India), MPhil and PhD (JMI, India). His research and publications include education, language education, teaching of English, peace education, culture-based teaching of English, educational policy and curriculum development. For the past 24 years he has been actively engaged in teaching, training, professional development, conference presentations, research, publication and community services. An author of 12 books and 60 articles/papers, Dr Khan has been carrying out sponsored projects on writing textbooks in the area of English language teaching in Saudi Arabia.
University of Louisiana, USA
Jin Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research focuses on school choice programs and urban school reforms. Her current work examines neighborhood effects on equity and access, including racial disproportionality in school discipline and local market responses to competitive environments. She has published journal articles in Journal of Education Policy, Education and Urban Society, and Geographical Research.
Tamagawa University, Japan
Andrew Leichsenring is an Assistant Professor at Tamagawa University, Japan. He has been an educator for over twenty years, working in Australia, Japan, and South Korea during that time. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Teacher Education and an Australian primary school teaching licence. In addition to his editorial work with several publishers, he has widely published his research on various aspects of teaching and learning. His research interests include: communities of practice, English education, learner identity development, professional teacher identity development, and speaking and listening assessment.
Institute of International Education, Thailand
Jessica Loh is the Director of Outreach with the Institute of International Education in Bangkok where she oversees outreach initiatives for global scholarships in Asia-Pacific. Equipped with an MA in International Education, she served six years at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she established the International Campus Life unit, implementing programmes for Payap's foreign student body to support international student development and integration. She then joined the University of Michigan, where she advised engineering students and faculty on co-curricular education abroad programme design, and co-developed an Engineering Across Cultures study abroad in Thailand. She served as mentor for the IIE pilot course, “Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions”, to familiarise Myanmar universities with campus internationalization. She is interested in combining arts and education, as exemplified by her organisation of Chiang Mai’s first Southeast Asian Film Festival, which focused on society and human rights. With over ten years of working in international education in Asia, she is knowledgeable about comparative education topics, especially pertaining to student mobility, internationalisation, and institutional best practices for international programmes.
Bataan Peninsula State University, the Philippines
Thelma Manansala is a full-time permanent faculty member of the Bataan Peninsula State University, Philippines. She was accredited into full professor by virtue of NBC Cycle 5 in December 2014. She has been the cluster chair of the Mathematics Department from 2006 to 2016. She finished her Doctor of Education major in Educational Supervision and Management at the Bataan Peninsula State University in the Philippines, and Master of Arts in Educational Management at the same university. She has been in the teaching profession for 27 years. She has authored text books in College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Statistics. Her research interest focused on education in the Philippines including analysis of policies in education, management of both public and private institutions, curriculum and instructional development. She is a committee reviewer of the International Conference on Leadership and Governance, European Conference on Social Media, and was a senior reviewer at IAFOR's IICSSDubai2017 conference. She is also a reviewer for the following journals: Merit Research Journal of Education and Review, African Education Review, and Journal of US-China Public Administration.
National University, USA
Teri Marcos completed her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Management at University of La Verne, in California, USA. She currently serves as Professor, Lead Faculty, Educational Administration at National University’s Los Angeles Regional Center for the Sanford College of Education. Having served as a middle school educator and school administrator for 20 years she is leading several multi-university research projects including how districts engage leadership from a distributed lens, the collective efficacy of staff academic optimism on growth in student learning, and how iPrincipals best lead Technology Language Learners. To date, she has peer-reviewed four school leadership book manuscripts for Corwin-Sage, as well as manuscripts for the Journal of Women in Higher Education. She has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research (The American Educational Research Association). Her qualitative and mixed-methods research interests include: the collective efficacy of high-performing school staff in low socio-economic schools; the effects of legislated educational reform on student learning; coaching school leaders for equity; digital reflective portfolios; and asssessment of curriculum and instruction.
Massey University, New Zealand
Alyson McGee earned her PhD (Educational Research) at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Initially, she was a primary school teacher in the United Kingdom before studying to be a TESOL educator and working in France, Spain, Turkey and Greece. As an academic, she has worked in the United Kingdom, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. Currently, she is the Academic Advisor for Internationalization and TESOL program at the Institute of Education at Massey University, New Zealand. Her research interests include internationalization in higher education; TESOL in schools and higher education contexts in English speaking and non-English speaking countries; leadership of TESOL; professional development and learning for teachers and teacher’s educators; and qualitative research, particularly action inquiry. She has academic publications in peer-reviewed journals, education journals/magazines for teachers, published research projects, has been solicited for guest writings for publication in book chapters and has served as a keynote speaker.
University of Swaziland, Swaziland
Nomazulu Ngozwana is a Lecturer within the Department of Adult Education at the University of Swaziland. She teaches gender and women's related courses, community development, qualitative research and philosophy of adult education. She holds a PhD in Adult Education obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. She has substantial practitioner experience in community development needs in marginalised communities in Lesotho and South Africa. Her research interests include adult learning, citizenship, democracy, civic education, and correctional education.
Ferris State University, USA
Anuli Njoku (BS, Rutgers University; MPH, Boston University; DrPH, Drexel University) is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Ferris State University. Her research and teaching specialties include cultural competency in higher education, health disparities, and health promotion and education. She has over 16 years of experience in the field, including having developed postgraduate courses, and having published on learner-centered curriculum development in Public Health, academic-community partnerships to promote rural health, and promoting social awareness within Public Health courses. She has peer-reviewed extended abstracts and manuscripts for the American Public Health Association, Journal of Cancer Survivorship and Preventing Chronic Disease.
Mukogawa Women's University, Japan
Shinji Okumura obtained his doctoral degree in applied linguistics at Monash University, Australia. He is currently a lecturer of English in the Department of Education at Mukogawa Women's University, Hyogo, Japan. He is an editorial board member of International Linguistics Research and a reviewer for International Journal of English Language Education. He also served as a reviewer for Interactive Learning Environments and Open Science Journal, and a senior reviewer for the Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017. His research interests are focused on technology-enhanced language, language-in-education policy and foreign language education in primary schools.
Ionian University of Greece, Greece
Agnes Papadopoulou currently teaches in the Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University of Greece. She has had teaching experience in several institutions. Agnes' research interests include: Art Didactics, Art, Technology and Education, Neuroaesthetics, Semiotics and Visual Communication, Digital Arts, Computer Games (Gamification), and Digital Storytelling.
Centre Norbert Elias, France
Elena Raevskikh is a research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Centre Norbert Elias in Marseille, France. She holds a PhD in sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). Her PhD thesis is entitled “The Genesis and renewals of institutional forms of culture: a study of music conservatories and their territorial anchors”. Dr Raevskikh has also graduated in international public law from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Law Faculty in Russia, where she studied the legal aspects of the process of economic and monetary integration in the European Union. She is currently involved in the ANR-Curricula research project funded by the French National Research Agency, which aims to analyse the reorganization of cultural institutions in cities designated “European Capitals of Culture” in four European countries (France, Sweden, Poland and Italy). For this project, Dr Raevskikh is developing new conceptual and methodological approaches to identify the creative territories and the socio-cultural dynamics of artistic innovation.
Providence College, USA
Cornelius Riordan is Professor of Sociology at Providence College in Providence, RI., USA. His area of specialization is the social organization of schools and the educational outcomes that are related to various types of school organization. Riordan is the author of a textbook in the sociology of education entitled Equality and Achievement. He has studied the effects of single and mixed sex education at all levels of schooling and is the author of Girls and Boys in School: Together or Separate (1990) and Single Sex Schools: A Place to Learn (2015). He has been a keynote speaker, expert trial witness, and researcher on single sex schooling for 25 years.
National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, India
Sonal Mobar Roy is an Assistant Professor at the Center for PG Studies and Distance Education at the National Institute of Rural Development and PR, India. She has worked as a Consultant at the Center for Equity and Social Development at the same institute and carried out monitoring and evaluation of sponsored government projects on the right to education and education for all. She worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Exact Humanities at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, before joining NIRDPR. Dr Roy has an MA in Social Anthropology, along with an advanced level diploma in Computer Applications. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, one of the premier institutes in India. Her doctoral study focused on stigma related to TB and HIV in the Ladakh region of India, and the fieldwork was sponsored by Parkes Foundation, UK. Her research interests include Sociology of Education and Health, Culture Studies, Rural Development, Ethnography and Crowdsourcing. She has been involved in teaching, research and training at her institute and is currently working on compiling a compendium of best practices in rural development in India. She has national and international publications to her name and strives to bridge the gap between theory and practice through her writings and research.
Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon
Najwa Saba ’Ayon is a full-time assistant professor in the College of Arts at Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon. She is the coordinator of all English and Intensive courses in the department in addition to Business Arabic and Spanish. Dr Saba ’Ayon has a BA in English Language, a teaching diploma in TEFL, as well as a MA in TEFL from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from the University of Sussex, UK. She has quite long experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). Besides teaching English courses, she has taught elective courses, namely Intercultural Communication and Public Speaking. Moreover, Dr Saba ’Ayon has published and presented in national and international conferences on flipped learning, intercultural communication, student motivation, collaborative learning in ESP courses, as well as EFL teachers’ conceptions of teaching and their practice. She is interested in teacher training and development, ESP, intercultural communication, and preparation of professional communicators. Recently, Dr Saba ’Ayon served as a senior reviewer of abstracts in The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2017.
Western Galilee College, Israel
Bethe Schoenfeld completed her doctoral degree entitled “Dysfunctional Families in the Wessex Novels of Thomas Hardy” at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Prior to that she completed her MA in English Literature entitled “Shakespeare’s Concept of Law and Justice” at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) since 1985 in Israel. Her current research interests include student behavior and learning strategies in online foreign language courses as well as the socio-cultural impact of increased awareness of Israelis of the American rock band The Grateful Dead. She has co-authored several tertiary level textbooks, focusing on both critical thinking skills and academic-level articles and questions, for students of English learning English in a non-English-speaking environment at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. She has also been senior editor for department-wide EFL exams at the Intermediate and Advanced levels for the past 10 years at the Western Galilee College, where she has been lecturing since 1996.
Punjab Higher Education Department, Pakistan
Jahan Shams is an Assistant Professor in Education at the Punjab Higher Education Department in Pakistan. He has written several publications, presented at a range of conferences, and he is also a reviewer for several journals. Jahan's research interests are Educational Measurement and Assessment, Testing, and Educational Research.
Hakuoh University, Japan
Arun Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wagner College in New York City. His research interests include computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, and development of computer-mediated pedagogies. He has developed and published multiple educational modules and curriculum design to integrate computational tools and active learning for freshman and sophomore level chemistry courses. He serves as a peer reviewer for 7 journals including the Journal of Education and Learning and the Journal of Educators Online.
National Pingtung University, Taiwan
Chung-chin Wu is Assistant Professor at National Pingtung University, Pingtung, Taiwan. He is originally from Taichung, Taiwan. He received his doctoral degree with an emphasis in achievement motivation and juvenile delinquency from the Institute of Education at the National Cheng Kung University in the winter of 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in early childhood education from Chen Chi University in Taipei, Taiwan. His research focuses are achievement motivation and juvenile delinquency for young child and adolescents, respectively. He was awarded funding by the Ministry of Technology in Taiwan to conduct multidisciplinary research with junior high school students during 2014. He is currently working on a research project regarding preschool teachers’ classroom goals and preschoolers’ learning motivation.
University of Washington, USA
Huanshu Yuan holds a Master of Education degree with distinction in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. She received her PhD in 2017 in the field of Multicultural Education from the University of Washington (College of Education), USA. She is a frequent presenter at national and international education conferences. Her teaching and research interests are multicultural and social justice education, culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development and reform, ethnic studies, and teacher education. Her current research concentrates on creating multicultural learning environments for students from diverse backgrounds, as well as preparing culturally responsive teachers for future students.
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Mai Zaki is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of Sharjah. She has a PhD in Linguistics from Middlesex University, London. She has taught courses in linguistics, Arabic as a foreign language, and translation in Egypt, the UK and the UAE. Her research interests include working in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, translation, foreign language teaching and using corpora in language teaching. She has presented her work at many international conferences. She acts as a book and article reviewer for several publishers and journals including Georgetown University Press, Routledge, Journal of Applied Linguistics, and Journal of Pragmatics. She also has professional experience as a linguistic consultant and curriculum developer in the field of Arabic studies.